Founders and Directors, Prakash and Mary Lingappa
Rise India was founded in 2002 by Prakash and Mary Lingappa in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. They mentor and provide financial aid to over 150 pastors. These pastors provide health care, marriage counseling, and pastoral care to roughly 300 rural villages. Rise India hosts 10 – 15 short and long term outreach teams every year. The teams act as an extension of the Rise India ministry and are involved with everything from Marriage conferences, to Devadasi conferences, village ministry, VBS’s, teaching English, service projects and medical work. These teams provide an open door to share the love of Christ to “closed off” areas.
Prakash has founded a Technical College with intentions of providing educations/jobs for impoverished children. The school also helps provide an education for the village pastors, so that they can have the option of “tent making”, so that they are not dependent on support from overseas partners. Rise India has also founded a kindergarten program that has enabled them to grow stronger relationships with their neighbors in the town of Chitradurga where they live.