About Us

Our History

The work of South Asia Evangelical Mission began before the organization was registered as a religious and charitable trust in India. John Scudder, the founder and current president of SAEM, was instrumental in the development of an orphanage while he served with Anderson Memorial Church in Salem.  In the meantime John was occasionally involved in missions work.

On October 1, 2009 SAEM gathered for the first time as a registered board and began evangelization efforts directed at the unreached rural and tribal villages of southern India. Each of the board members came from Hindu backgrounds and thus carried a burden to take the gospel to their respective villages.



our vision

We exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ in India by sharing the Gospel and equipping God’s people for godly living.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

our mission

We aspire to see the Gospel shared among unreached people groups and to plant churches, train missionaries and pastors, and show Christ’s love through compassion works such as orphan care, education, medical care, and community development programs.

testimony of john scudder

founder of SAEM

My name is John Scudder and I am from southern India. My wife’s name is Lilly, and God has blessed us with a daughter named Iniya Abigail and a son named Noah.

I was born into a Hindu family in rural southern India and worshipped Hindu gods and goddesses. Our region used to be the most underdeveloped in the whole state of Tamil Nadu and had a very low literacy rate. I have two older sisters and an older brother. I’m the youngest in my family. I was the only child in our family able to attend public school. When I was about seven to eight years old my school attendance was irregular. Instead of going to school I would often accompany my sister in shepherding about forty goats. I would also help adults who were making illegal country alcohols in the mountains.

I failed third grade, so I had to repeat a year of school. My mother became worried about my education. In a nearby city she found a Christian orphanage and home for poor and needy children which I was admitted to. At the home I was found to be malnourished and was given extra nutrition. This is where I found the hands of God in my life.

Through Christian nurturing I was able to sense God’s love and understand His plans for my life. After high school I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and was eventually baptized.

Before my conversion I went by the name my parents had given to me, Thangavel, which was derived from the name of the Hindu god Murugan. My mentor renamed me after an American missionary, John Scudder, the first medical missionary to India.

It was at that time that I sensed a definite call for ministry. I decided to prepare for my ministry calling by attending seminary. I obtained my degree in Divinity and later completed a Master of Theology (Missiology) degree. Meanwhile, I served with a couple of missions. I later served God doing ministry in cities and also served in Malaysia for a year.

God eventually moved me out of my comfort zone and helped me to understand His plans to return to my native place and be a witness for Him. For the last four years my wife Lilly and I have served as missionaries in southern India witnessing to rural and tribal folks. We are currently serving with the “South Asia Evangelical Mission” (SAEM), a missions organization founded by me and my associates.

I have made many missionary journeys to mountains and villages where a Christian presence is non-existent. Here I’d like to share with you some pictures and a little information regarding two of my missionary journeys in order to provide you with a sample of the work we are doing. The purpose is to invite you to be a part of reaching out to these people with the gospel. This begins with knowing the needs, seeing the opportunities, and praying to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers. My prayer is that our evangelistic work would result in forming a group of disciples who would reach their own communities for the Lord!

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Prince & princess orphan care

The aim of Prince & Princess orphan care is to raise orphaned and abandoned children in a family-oriented atmosphere and to provide them with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, education, and loving care.

pastors & church planters training

Coordinating with ministry partners to raise funds and resources in order to provide seminary-based training for pastors and church planters who have never had the opportunity for formal Christian theological training.

evangelism & church planting

Raising funds to provide tools and support for training and sending evangelists and church planters to unreached village and tribal areas with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


pastor nick sandusky

Email: arkabutla.pastor@gmail.com
Phone: 918-527-4247

rick taylor

Email: rftaylor54@gmail.com
Phone: 703-282-4233

pastor gary carringer

Email: gdclfc@charter.net
Phone: 828-776-0758

board Members

john scudder

Founder and President

Itinerant preacher and bible teacher

Email: john@saemindia.org                       

Matthew Nagarajan


Medical representative and evangelist

Email: matthew@saemindia.org               

Senthil Kumar


Chief Mechanical Engineer for Ashok Leyland, Hosur

Email: senthil@saemindia.org


Board Member

Accountant for Hindustan Bible Institute and associate pastor

Email: ravi@saemindia.org


Board Member

Accountant for SAEM and youth pastor in training

Email: mayakannan@saemindia.org

financial integrity



SAEM operates with impeccable integrity. We are firmly committed to the adherence of the highest standard of Christian ethics in our governance, fund-raising and financial accounting and reporting:

• Finances are governed by the board.
• Designated fund are used for designated purposes.
• Please contact us to know more about our accountability.

cost of administration

• At present SAEM is run with zero percent for cost of administration. One hundred percent of donations go for functional costs. We are a small and yet growing organization partnering with like-minded organizations who help us in fund raising and receiving funds on our behalf.

• In the future we may need to use a small percent of donations for the cost of administration. We will let supporters/donors know when we reach that stage.

• The president of the SAEM, John Scudder, meets his travel needs and the needs of his family through gifts, honorarium, and offerings from churches and individuals.


We value our relationships with our friends and partners and are grateful for the funds that have been entrusted to us. We strive to exercise good stewardship at all times by using those gifts wisely and effectively to further the kingdom of Jesus Christ in rural Southern India.

Our Partnering organizations:

Arkabutla Baptist Church, Mississippi

St. Paul’s Village Gospel Mission

Statement of faith

We are committed to the authority of the Word of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. As a result, we believe:


We believe in One God, Creator and sustainer, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who in the Bible and in Jesus Christ has revealed Himself to be the living and true God. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.


We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s eternal Son, our Lord, the only Mediator between God and man who, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, fully shared and fulfilled our humanity in a life of perfect obedience. By His death in our place, He made a sacrifice for the sin of the world and by His bodily resurrection gained victory over death and the powers of evil. He ascended into heaven where He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all. He will personally and visibly return to the world to consummate His Kingdom.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came to renew our hearts, calling us to repent of our sins and confess Christ as Lord, thereby receiving the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life, being justified through faith in Jesus Christ. The work and gifts of the Holy Spirit enable the believer to live a holy life, to witness effectively to the Gospel, and to serve responsibly in the world.


We believe that the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, written by men divinely and uniquely inspired, is the Word of God, the only infallible, absolutely trustworthy authority in all matters of faith and conduct. Scripture is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose and in obedience to the Lord, who speaks in living power through each book.


We believe in the dignity of man created in the image of God for fellowship with the Creator and to share responsibility towards the creation. Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God. All men are sinners by nature and by choice, estranged from God and subject to His wrath, depraved and apart from Grace, incapable of returning to God. All men are sons of Adam, made of one blood, and have equal access to God in the church of Jesus Christ.


We believe in the Church, the universal Body of Christ, the new redeemed humanity which is being called out of the whole human race and formed in every culture and transforming every culture and which is summoned to worship God and to serve Him by preaching the Gospel and discipling the nations by striving for social justice and relieving human distress and need. To enable the Church to fulfill these ministries, God gives gifts to the members of His Church for tending the flock and equipping the saints for ministry. We believe that proclaiming the Gospel to all people is the first priority in the mission of the Church between the Resurrection and the Second Coming of Christ.


We believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to complete God’s work of redemption and Judgment. We believe that those who believe in Christ as Savior and Lord will rise to live and reign with Him forever in a new heaven and new earth. We believe that judgment and separation from the presence of God awaits those who do not believe. This motivates our service in expectation of Him who makes all things new.


We believe in Christ’s Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:19-20). The supreme mission of the people of God in this age is to preach the Gospel to every creature.

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