“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. American evangelists were there preaching the Gospel (preaching the good news) of Jesus Christ. His mother took him to the prayer meeting and the evangelists 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 felt clear calling from God to go to the backward region of the State of Andhra Pradesh which is now divided two States and comes under Telangana State. He faithfully preached the Gospel Village after village by walking and finally started a small church with 3 people in village called Duginepally.

On June 18, 1992, Jacob married to Elizabeth. The Lord has blessed them with three children - Vijay Daniel, Victoria and Samuel Joseph.

Bishop 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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