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ABOUT UEMI

The Origin

In 1988, John Peter Kirubagaran had an epiphany. From an Indian/Lutheran family, John Peter grew up as a Christian in a Hindu-dominated culture. (India’s Christians comprise less than 2% of the population.) He had no thoughts of going into full-time ministry. God, however, had other plans for John Peter…and for India.

The epiphany came after John Peter was involved in a motorcycle accident. As his life hung in the balance, he told God that if He chose to heal and restore him, he would devote his life to Christian service. God did…and John Peter did! He came to the United States and through a series of miraculous encounters, met Don Miles who challenged him to return to India to serve his people by starting churches and transforming communities…and Don pledged his support.

Later, while traveling in India, some young mothers begged John Peter to take away their children. Upon inquiry, he learned that a group was kidnapping children to offer as sacrifices to a pagan god. This broke his heart…and the children’s work began. Still later, John Peter’s wife encountered a group of women who had been abandoned by their husbands and left to beg on the streets. This broke her heart…and the women’s work began.

By Spring 2011, the results had spoken for themselves. John Peter and his staff have now reached 4.9 million people with the Gospel through Community Transformation Centers. 1116 church planters have established 835 churches in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Indonesia. Sixteen children’s homes have been created serving over 1000 children. 846 women have graduated from the “Talitha Cumi” women’s program. Significant growth is projected in all areas.

The Programs

Community Transformation Centers (CTCs)
New Life For Children
New Hope For Women
Humanitarian Relief

Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. Don Miles
PRESIDENT AND INTERNATIONAL COORDINATOR

Mr. Kirk Peterson
TREASURER

Mr. Nathan Carlson
SECRETARY

Rev. James Ackerman
EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Rev. Kevin Elseroad
MISSIONS SUPPORT

Rev. David Parish
MISSIONS SUPPORT

Mrs. Kathy Arquette
WOMEN'S MINISTRY SUPPORT

Rev. Betty Ouellette
MISSIONS & OUTREACH SUPPORT

Rev. Dr. Ferdinand O Bahr
CHURCH PLANTING AND OUTREACH SUPPORT

Rev. Dr. Roger Theimer
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY SUPPORT

Board of Reference

John Peter Kirubagaran
FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UEM (INDIA)

Ruth Graham
(FOUNDER/PRESIDENT OF RUTH GRAHAM & FRIENDS AND
DAUGHTER OF REV. & MRS. BILLY GRAHAM)

Elisa Morgan
(PRESIDENT/CEO OF MOPS INTERNATIONAL 1989-2009, CURRENTLY PRESIDENT OF MISSION: MOMENTUM AND PUBLISHER OF FULLFILL)

Naomi Cramer Overton
(PRESIDENT OF MOPS INTERNATIONAL 2009-2010, CURRENTLY PRODUCT STRATEGY DIRECTOR OF COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL)

Lauren Sykes
(ATTORNEY WITH PRYOR, JOHNSON, KARNEY, CARR, NIXON IN DENVER)

Staff

Debbie Johnson
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jennifer Bayer
US OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Melanie Hanson
ACCOUNTING