STEP International is a Christian-based (evangelical) non-profit organization, which had a humble beginning in one of the Northern Indian states. STEP was chosen as the official name because of the socio-physical and spiritual needs in the region with the vision to impact people (Society) with a goal to bring a transformative positive change (Transformation), knowledge (Education), and hope for social mobility (Progress).
Eight seminary students visited a village in one of the states in India. Stationed in that village, these students visited surrounding tribal villages, gathering the children and teaching them songs and moral stories. The staggering needs of some villages compelled the team to have prayer walks throughout the streets of these villages. During the two-week ministry, the team visited 20-30 disconnected villages by foot and bicycle.
Every year since 2003, Abhijit Nayak, one of the founders, has led a team of students to these villages to continue the work among the destitute and downtrodden.
After careful observation and prayer, these initiatives resulted in the establishment of STEP. With the help of indigenous and like-minded leaders, STEP was registered as a non-profit in India.
2006 – 2009
STEP projects in India such as children clubs in the remote villages, relief work during the time of flood and natural calamities, medical camps were organized with the help of local people with local resources. The STEP office was running out of a mud hut in a remote village in India.
2010 – 2012
In order to establish STEP offices and centers in India, land was purchased. A guesthouse and office building was constructed to expand the work. The first sewing training center was inaugurated on this campus in November 2012. The first group of women for the sewing training reached 35.
To empower, equip and provide resources for indigenous Christian workers, East India Native Pastors Network was formed. About 120 indigenous workers from Odisha, West Bengal and Assam participated in this network.
2014 – 2015
In order to train and help women, victims of violence, the first 8-month residential program was launched in February 2014 under the banner the “Esther Women’s Network.” Twenty-five women registered in the first batch in that training program.
2016 – 2017
A formal educational wing was launched in March 2016 in India to educate and help children from weaker and backward sections of the society. In the first session, 40 students registered for 2016/2017 academic year. To create more partnerships with individuals, churches and organizations in North America and expand gospel-focused holistic ministries in South Asian countries (India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar), STEP International was registered as a Society (S-0065184) in British Columbia, Canada in 2016 and in the United States of America as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2017.
2018 & Beyond
STEP International focuses to make a positive impact in South Asian countries. The vision for STEP is clearer—and bigger—than ever: to serve the poor and downtrodden women and children of Northern India in a way that provides hope and healing.
Here are some plans for our future:
- Educate 1000 children from destitute and down trodden communities through formal and non-formal educational programs in South Asia.
- Equip and empower 500 women through life-skills (sewing, computer education) and counseling training programs.
- Train and resource 500 indigenous grass-roots to mobilize unreached places and plant churches in South Asia.
- Provide safe and clean water by drilling 200 pump wells in South Asia.
To hear more about our story and future vision, please reach out! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org