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Isa Baksh, b. ca. 1890, d. 1970, was the first ordained national minister in the Mennonite Church (MC) in India. He came from a humble Hindu family and was admitted to the boys orphanage of the American Mennonite Mission (MC) in Dhamtari, Madhya Pradesh, during the famine days of 1899 and 1900. Here he received his education through high school, and here he also embraced the Christian faith. In the early 1920s he worked as a Bible teacher in the mission middle school in Dhamtari and was warden of the boy 's orphanage there.

In 1927 he was ordained to the Christian ministry and became pastor of the Sunderganj Mennonite congregation, continuing there until 1914, when the conference transferred him to Sankra. His ministry at Sankra ended in 1943, when the conference revoked his ordination and ministry. He left the church in bitterness and humiliation, deserting his family. He lived in near obscurity in Jagdalpur until his death from tuberculosis. Before his death at the Dhamtari Christian Hospital, he once again affirmed faith in Christ and was reconciled to his family


Annual reports of American Mennonite Mission (MC) (1922, 1928, 1935, 1942).

Author(s) John A Friesen
Date Published 1987

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Friesen, John A. "Baksh, Isa (ca. 1890-1970)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 29 May 2016.,_Isa_(ca._1890-1970)&oldid=75100.

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Friesen, John A. (1987). Baksh, Isa (ca. 1890-1970). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 May 2016, from,_Isa_(ca._1890-1970)&oldid=75100.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 50. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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