Sow Saal Ki Kahani is an Inspirational History of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in India. From the inspiring lure of the Indian shore to a decade of silence, and on to a century of service, with centennial milestones of North India and of South India, the story moves on to the pinnacle of a return and a reward. Dr. Roger Hedlund in his Foreword views the book as “both a record and a celebration of important events and significant persons in that saga told by Bishop Moses Kumar as a participant”.
The author’s earlier work, Setting Stones was designed as an ‘interpretive history’. Now at the threshold of the centennial, he was inspired to retell the whole story in a selective but inspiring manner. The saga depicts the lives of Bishop J.H. King who walked on the soil of India, and of some twelve missionaries who served the people to the best of their capabilities. The culmination of the story is seen in a return and a reward! So now on to a walk through the pages of the book!
“Using his usual scholarly attributes, Dr. Moses Kumar has provided an extensive study of the work of the Holy Spirit through the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in India. This book will be the ground-breaking resource for future studies of the key individuals and efforts from native Indian leaders and pastors as well as from missionaries who spent much of their lives in India. Dr. Kumar has rightly captured that the work of God in India is indeed a Place of Hope among a People of Promise.”
- Presiding Bishop Dr. A. D. Beacham, Jr.
IPHC General Superintendent
Introduction: On to the Shores of India!
Chapter 1: Global Tour of A Global Leader
1. Depiction of Early Times
2. Dismay in Family Life
3. Divine Urge to Go Global
Chapter 2: Moving with the Cloud: J. H. King’s Majilis in India
1. At Bombay and Beyond with Nortons
2. At Pune with Rama Bai
3. At Fyzabad and Darjeeling with Albert Nortonand John Kelly
Chapter 3: A Decade of Silence
1. Denominational Factors
2. Global Factors
3. Personnel Factors
Chapter 4: A Century of Service
1. First Thirty Years (1920-1950)
2. Next Forty Years (1950-1990)
3. Last Thirty Years (1990-2020)
Chapter 5: Milestones at the Centennial: North India
1. Building Together
2. Narganjo Revival
3. Teaching and Training
Chapter 6: Milestones at the Centennial: South India
1. Growth into Odisha and Maharashtra States
2. Towards Self-Sustenance
3. Teaching and Training
Chapter 7: A Return and A Reward: The Musings of A Historian!
1. J. H. King in Darjeeling – Daniel Subba from Darjeeling
2. Turners Hosted in Banaras – Divya Ashray in Varanasi
3. Effie Barker to Madhupur – Nancy in the USA
4. Emma Britton Law to Narganjo – Revival at the Turn of the Century
5. Frances Carter to Maruter – Chilukuri Moshe to Powell, Ohio
6. Hobert Howard at Kumbanad – Emergence of an Indigenous Ministry
7. J. H. King in Maharashtra – A New Leaf in Pioneering
Dr. B. S. Moses Kumar is an accomplished author and a church historian. A triple graduate with studies in Arts, Theology and Education, he also a holds an M.A. in English and an M.Th. in Theology. He further earned a Ph.D. in English and a Ph.D. in Theology. Having served in various ecclesiastical roles and responsibilities over four decades, he presently serves as President Emeritus of Hyderabad Bible College, and as Presiding Bishop of IPHC Ministries: South India. More than all, he serves as Founding Pastor of Donald Church Hyderabad for 29 years.
His first work, Setting Stones: An Interpretive History of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in India was published by LSR Publications: Franklin Springs, Georgia in 2006. His doctoral research in English Literature (The Religious Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Theological Perspective) was published by ISPCK: New Delhi in 2009. His doctoral research in Theology (Incarnation of the Gospel in Indian Culture: A Study of the Art and Poetry of Pulidindi Solomon Raj) was published by Christian World Imprints: New Delhi in 2019. He co-edited with Prof. David Zersen a Festschrift for Dr. P. Solomon Raj, with the title, Planting in Native Soil: Studies in Gospel Inculturation, jointly published by Concordia University Press, Austin, TX and ISPCK, New Delhi in 2014.