History

Rev. Mano Daniel, Director of the Faith, Prayer, and Tract League of India (FPTL), first coined the phrase “Leadership in Obscurity” to identify the more than 29,000 FPTL distributors in India. Most of them are Dalits , the group of people who are traditionally regarded as untouchables or low caste, extremely poor, and barely literate. Yet, they believe in the intrinsic power of the Word of God and have dedicated their lives to spread the Word in multiple languages.

We call them LIO’s – Leaders in Obscurity.

In addition to distributing tracts, thousands of them are planting churches in obscure villages and cities around the world. Others are operating primitive orphanages, community centers, and schools. Yet, most are untrained and raise their own meager support to purchase tracts or carry out their ministries.

In 2005, during the 50th Anniversary Year of FPTL, Rev. Jerry Vreeman, an international media evangelist, and Mr. Randy Disselkoen, a businessman in Western Michigan, made a series of trips to India to support this fast growing network of leaders. Out of their efforts, and with the initial sponsorship of the Tract League (USA), the Leadership In Obscurity Network (L.I.O.N.) Outreach was launched.

Temporarily operating as a subsidiary of the Tract League, L.I.O.N. Outreach International is also working in partnership with other not-for-profit organizations, churches, and individuals. (See our partners page) Starting with the pioneering work in India, L.I.O.N. is expanding its support and training for Christian Leaders in many other developing countries. L.I.O.N. is also creating a network of donors, teachers, and trainers from all over the world to extend the outreach and accomplish it’s mission.

L.I.O.N. Outreach International has applied to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity. Contributions to L.I.O.N. are fully tax deductible.