“Gospel For Tribals Social Service Society (GTSSS)” Christian organization, was founded by Indian Brother Jacob Marineni. Brother Jacob was born into a Hindu family on June 10, 1971. In 1978, he became very sick and deathly ill. Finally, after the doctors had done everything that they could do, they sent him home to die.

On the way home from the hospital, the family stopped in an Indian village. An American evangelist was there preaching the Gospel – preaching the good news of Jesus Christ! His mother took him to the prayer meeting and the evangelist prayed for him. In the same night, Jesus appeared to him, and told him, “You will not die, but live.” Then, Jesus showed him his new name as “Jacob,” in the book of life.

Immediately, Jacob recovered from that sickness! This miraculous healing caused Jacob, his family, and his uncle’s family to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Because of their new found faith in Jesus Christ, they faced much persecution - from their own people and the Caste system; but, Jesus stood with them and gave them power to follow Him.


Brother Jacob attended two Bible colleges for his studies - Manna Bible College and Emmanuel Theological Seminary, both in India. After completing seminary, he faithfully preached the Gospel in the surrounding villages for six months. He then felt a clear call from God to go to the most backward region of the Tribal areas to plant a church in the State of Andhra Pradesh. In 1991, he started a small humble church with three people, in a remote village called Duginepalli, located in Khammam District.

On June 18, 1992, Jacob married his lovely wife, Elizabeth. The Lord has blessed them with three children - Vijay Daniel, Victoriya and Samuel Joseph.

Pastor Jacob's Family

The Holy Spirit breathed on the ministry and caused it to flourish and grow. Brother Jacob and his team prayed together, and officially registered Christian Organization named Gospel For Tribals Social Service Society (GTSSS) on December 26, 1994. From that humble beginning, today GTSSS is touching thousands of lives and engaged with 12 ministerial activities reaching thousands of villages in Southern and Northern India extending up to the Nepal border. GTSSS is “holding Gospel in one hand and bread in the other hand.”

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