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Hindi Punjabi Gospel Chapel – Richmond, BC

Proper Title

Hindi Punjabi Gospel Chapel fonds

Dates of Creation

1973–1985

Physical Description

1 mm of textual records

Administrative History

In 1972 the Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church, together with the British Columbia Mennonite Brethren Board of Missions and church extension initiated some programs for the recent immigrants from India. Contacts were made on the street as well as in the shopping area with members of the Sikh community.

In fall of 1974 a group of 4 (2 people of Sikh background and 2 people of Hindu background) were baptized in the Fraserview MB Church.

In 1977 the attendance grew to about 20 and the group was named the Hindi Gospel Chapel and they met Sunday afternoons in the Fraserview facility. In 1978 it was suggested that the name be changed to Hindi–Punjabi Gospel Chapel so that the community would be aware that there were Sikh Christians in the fellowship.

In 1979 the Fraserview Church moved from South Vancouver to Richmond into newly constructed facilities. The Chapel also moved with Fraserview, and thus started morning services as of January 1, 1979. The church continued to grow in the new community, and as of 1985 they had 21 members, 7 adherents and an average attendance of 35–40 people.

Santosh K. Raj, who pioneered the work since its inception in 1973, was ordained in 1978 and was still there in 2006. Membership as of 2003 stood at 57.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of a brief history.

Custodial History

It is unclear when this material came to the archives.

Notes

  • Location: Volume 394.
  • Description by Shauna Hudson, June 24, 2004; edited by Conrad stoesz November 27, 2006.
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • No restrictions on access.

File List

Volume 394
1. History. 1972–1985.

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