Led by the Holy Spirit, in 1954, the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) placed before the Indian Christians their responsibility for spreading the Gospel across the world. During this period, God was burdening the heart of His servant Theodore Williams to see the need of spreading the message of Christ Jesus in our country India. Along with his involvement with a few men and women of God in the development of the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and in preaching and teaching God’s Word, he was particularly led by the Lord Jesus to visit many mission fields in India, and study the needs of various states where the message of Christ was not preached. This increased his burden to see Indian Christians get more and more involved in spreading the message of Christ in our country India, which was the pressing need of the time
In 1965, the Lord used Rev. Dr. Theodore Williams, who was a member of the EFI Executive Committee, to revive the interest in the Mission of God, that is, spreading the message of God’s work, of reconciling mankind to Himself, through the incarnation and sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, who gave His life as a ransom for the atonement of the sins of all mankind, as it is written in the Word of God – the Bible. As a result, the Indian members of the EFI Executive Committee met together in Devlali, Maharashtra, on 15 January 1965, for their Annual Conference and, after much prayer, decided to form and launch the Indian Evangelical Mission (IEM), which is an indigenous mission endeavour, in which the mission workers, financial sustenance and governance are all Indian. IEM is an arm of the Church in India, reaching out with the message of Christ to the different parts of our country India, and abroad as well.