Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB)
History is punctuated with instances of God raising individuals, as well as groups to carry out His specific task in a given time. India is no exception. God is raising many indigenous missions to reach India with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB) is one of the leading Missions in India.
In the late 1950's, the Spirit of God moved in a very special way in the southern part of Tamil Nadu, among the young and the old, and especially among the children. Mr. P. Samuel was the annointed instrument through whom God pioneered the movement of VBS (Vacation Bible School), in India. A few other friends who cared for these children gave a helping hand to him. Wherever the team ministered, sweeping revival resulted. Following the VBS ministry, prayer groups in the name of 'Friends Fellowship' came into being among the teens who attended the VBS and among the volunteers who helped in the ministry. This later on emerged as 'Friends Missionary Prayer Band' (FMPB). There was openness and togetherness among these friends. They met periodically for fellowship, prayer, study of the Word of God and to witness. An undated magazine was brought out. It carried prayer concerns of various missions from all over the world. Of course, this was the period of preparation.
During summer vacation, the Friends of the FMPB did outreach ministry in Tamil Nadu. One such team went to Bettamugulalam in Panchamalai (Periyamalai), a hill close to Hosur, about 100 Kms from Bangalore. It was here that they felt the need to place a missionary urgently. This need was shared with friends who had gathered at a place called Kovilpatti for a get together. Prompted by the Holy Spirit, Mr. Harris Hilton and his wife responded to this call and went to Periyamalai as pioneer missionaries. Thus the first mission station was opened in the year 1967 at Periyamalai.
Prayer – Main Fulcrum
FMPB emphasizes prayer as the prime force for the movement. Prayer groups are formed among Christians in every village and township. Young and old are encouraged to meet periodically to pray for the revival of the Churches and for the extension of God's Kingdom in India. Once in a year 'Prayer Warriors' teams go to different states in India to fast and pray for the salvation of the Land. 'Chain of Prayer' is being organized among the praying friends all over India to uphold the ministry round the clock.