A Brief History:
In 1938 the Lord gave R. E. Harlow, a young missionary in the Belgian Congo, a desire to establish a Bible school in North America. Shortly after, Harlow left his mission station and travelled to Toronto, Canada, where in 1941, he (along with John Smart and Ernest Tatham) founded Emmaus Bible School. During the first year of classes, 144 students enrolled to study God’s Word. After that, it became obvious that many others wanted to learn from the solid Bible teaching that Emmaus Bible School offered. However, not everyone could attend the school in Toronto because many young men were serving their country in the armed forces. So the Lord led Harlow and Smart to prepare Bible lessons with test papers. They cyclostyled them, and posted them to young men serving in armed forces in different parts of the world. Thus “Emmaus Correspondence Course” ministry was started in Central Hall Toronto, Canada in 1941. Since there was demand for more courses, additional course books were prepared and printed in the course of time. Today, people in 110 countries are studying Emmaus courses, available in 125 languages and distributed from more than 1200 Emmaus Bible Centres. About twenty million courses have been distributed around the world so far. Emmaus International which operates from USA co-ordinates the work globally through Indigenous mission agencies.
The beginning of Emmaus Bible courses in India dates back to 1952. Harlow visited many missionaries in India and with the help of Wilfred Munning who was serving as a missionary in Palayankottai, Tamil Nadu the work in India took root. Subsequently, Emmaus course material was made available in Tamil, Urdu, Bengali, Kannada and Malayalam. After the missionaries left India, the work of Emmaus was carried out by the indigenous missionaries of the Brethren assembly movement. The Lord has blessed the efforts of many sincere men and women during the last few decades in taking the Word to the nook and corner of the nation through Emmaus courses.
Emmaus India is a registered body with its office in Bangalore, co-ordinating the national work. Currently, Emmaus Bible courses are available in 15 Indian languages and the work is rapidly progressing in almost every state. Each year an average of one hundred thousand courses are distributed through various centres across India.
Emmaus Academy of Biblical Studies (EABS) is a new academic initiative of the Emmaus India ministries launched in 2018. Currently, we have 172 students enrolled with us from 15 states of India and 3 other countries.