It was Roddy Archibald who really pioneered the work in India although SU branches had begun in the 1880's

  • He arrived in India in 1901 at the age of 25 and left at the age of 70.
  • He began working with the English – speaking schools – but in 1904, he spent 3 months working alongside 3 Tamil evangelists, and that changed the course of his ministry. He captured the vision for recruiting and training national SU evangelists. By the time he left, 43 Indian evangelists had served on the SU staff team. Many became church leaders.
  • He started branches of SU bible readers wherever he went – with the passion for children reading the bible in their own language.
  • Mission in schools and camps were the backbone of the field ministry.