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A Missionary's Story

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The year was 1867. A young American missionary couple by the name of Dr. Samuel and Lydia Martin sailed to India to join a small group of Presbyterian missionaries. Both had been involved in farming and had grown up in the Midwest. 

They settled in the Northern province of Punjab, an area that is now a part of present day Pakistan. There, they started preaching the Word of God to the surrounding villages. At the time, these villages were populated by the farm land owners of both the Hindu and Muslim faiths. Most farm laborers that worked for these landowners in the area

were from the lowest caste of the Hindus and the lowest ranks among Muslims . They were called "Kumees", an Urdu/Punjabi word for cheap farm laborers. These farm labor workers were regarded as untouchables and were treated as subhumans at the hands of their masters , the Landowners.                                       

Dr . Samuel and Lydia Martin, with their caring and compassionate demeanor, won the hearts and the minds of these marginalized farm laborers as they preached the message of Christ, day after day, and year after year . The Christ-like compassion shown towards these people, along with the witness experienced within several villages, resulted in the families of the lowest caste Hindus and most marginalized Muslims starting to accept Christ.

When Lydia Martin died in 1886, Dr. Samuel Martin and his children continued their mission work.

After serving these farming poor labor families for over two decades, Dr. Martin, with the help of the British Government, was able to secure a large canal area of several thousand acres 

that could be developed as farm land. He then brought seventy two families from different surrounding villages who had accepted Christ at his hands, and settled them in this newly formed village. The village was named Martinpur after Dr. Martin's. These 72 families were among the first converts to Christianity in Punjab. In 1898, Dr. Samuel Martin built the First United Presbyterian Church in the village .

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Present Day Martin Memorial United Presbyterian Church

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Dr. Samuel and Lydia Martin had realized earlier in their ministries that once the most marginalized came to Christ, they had to be cared for in order to become self-sustaining. Dr Samuel Martin not only gave these new Christian converts the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, but also helped them to stand on their very own feet . He placed great emphasis on not only on the religious instruction of these new converts but also on their secular instruction until they learned to value education properly. In his judgment, their influence on other people would be dependent to some degree upon their education levels and intelligence and nothing would prove forcibly to other people, the divine power of Christianity, its power to educate and advance these people which other systems of religions in India had abandoned. For that reason, he assigned lands to these first converts to build a boys and girls school in the village of Martinpur so that Christians could be educated. 

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Here are some pictures of the descendants of those seventy two families from Martinpur initially brought to Christ by Dr.Samuel Martin . These individuals and families span over four generations and have achieved excellence in all walks of life . Indeed there are many many more who have risen to prominence but cannot be mentioned here due to space constraints .

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Ch. Chandu LaL

First Christian Speaker

Punjab Essembly Pakistan

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Samuel Martin Burke

Professor , Author , Diplomat

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William k Mall

Secretary NCCP

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Ch. Lal Din

Librarian Murray College Sialkot


Paster Yakoob k Asim


Dr. Alfred D Asimi

Librarian Murray College Sialkot

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Ch.Salim Aslam

Accomplished Attorney

Political Leader

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Johnathan K Mall

Decorated police Officer

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Elic william

Principal Educator

Hafeeza Manshur-ul-Haq

Inspector Schools Punjab

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Ch. Pervaiz Bhatti

Decorated war Hero

Saeeda Salim Aslam

Principal David Memorial

Dr. Paul Asim

Associate Dean at Denvy

Naeem Shakir

Attorney Human rights Activist

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Roseline P Baig


Jessica Mall

Principal   Educator

Professor   Educator

Samuel P Mall

Chairman S.C.M. Diplomat  Humanitarion


Dr Kenneth Kamran


Prof  Shakeel Haq

Medical Practitioner


Paster Obaid Khokhar

Dean Social Work Dpt 


Gen Secratery UP


Dr Zeno Naeem

Medical Director

Dr  Zafar Iqbal

Dean Biology Dpt


Azar Fazal Din

Vice Principal boys School

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PHD Research fellow

Rhea Aqueel

The lifetime of service and sacrifices of the Martins and their children will always be cherished , remembered and honored throught the generations . The legace they left is the life they led . Therefore , legacy is the residue of a life well lived . Your life matters as everything you say and do is a deposite into your legacy.

Dr. Samuel Martin died in 1910 . Both Dr r. Samuel Martin and Lydia Martin died in Punjab and are presently buried in the city of Sialkot , Punjab , Pakistan

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Pakistan Christian Outreach Foundation is commited to preserve the valuable history of this great missionary couple . Efforts are underway regarding research to erect a memorial and build a Library to honor Dr . Samuel and Lydia Martin in the village of Martinpur. Memorabilia will be collected and compiled and all the documents and photos will be displayed in this Library to honor this couple and to preserve their history for generations to come.

Indeed , the story of the Martins is one of the many thousands of untold stories that need to be brought to light .The lives and the sacrifices of these missionaries of then India and present day of Pakistan , both Catholic and protestants have largely gone untold and if not preserved will be lost in time and that certainly would be sad and very unfortunate . 

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