In January of 1976, Dr. John Wardle of Palm City, Florida, met young Nazir Masih, who was serving as his translator on a mission trip to North India. He encouraged the young man to surrender to the ministry of the Gospel full-time, and to plant Baptist churches in that region of India. Within a year, the good hand of God led brother Masih to begin his full-time work of preaching and planting churches. After three years of itinerant preaching throughout the region, First Baptist Church of Chandigarh was started in 1980 with three people meeting in a small, third floor apartment. Since then the Lord has continually blessed the church and it has grown into a great witness for Christ. Today it consists of almost 400 churches and preaching points in five states in Northwest India, having a total membership of approximately 97,000. Chandigarh Baptist School was established in 1986 with nine students meeting for classes in the church building. The God-given vision was to provide an education for the children so that they might also have the opportunity to know about Jesus Christ, the true and living God. Under pressure from government authority, the church had to seek and by God's grace obtain separate land for the school. After years of development, the school facility is complete and accommodates more than 1,200 students annually from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade.