Visit ICMC

Visit ICMC

Travel halfway around the world on a life experience. ICMC welcomes you to visit the children, catch Dr. Jay’s vision for the unreached and unloved, and discover new eyes and perspective for the rest of the world.

ICMC welcomes individuals, tourists, medical and dental teams, survey teams for projects, ESL teachers to teach English for a year or  more, sponsors who wish to spend time with the godchildren, pastors and teachers to teach at the Timothy School, and those with a skill or desire to train the children.

Have a question about visiting ICMC? Feel free to contact us.


TRIP FAQ

What kind of teams visit ICMC?

Short one to two week teams include opportunities for visiting your sponsored child, catching a vision for the work in India, teaching at the Timothy School, and doing projects with or for the children.  Three to six month teams can teach English as a second language, help in the office, organize events (sports, dance, art, Bible clubs) for the children, consult on a project (clinic, farming etc).  Individuals traveling through India on business or in need of an overnight stay are also welcome at the guesthouse.

How long does it take to get to Salem, India?

It takes two days of airline travel time to get to Chennai, India, usually ranging from 19 to 24 hours total flying time. Once in Chennai, it is a fascinating six-hour train ride to the city of Salem. Once in Salem, Dr Jay will meet you with a bus or van to take you and/or your team on a ½ hour drive through the city to the outskirts where the House of Peace is located.
 
How should I dress?

Men wear cool, cotton clothes such as khaki pants and cotton shirts. They wear dark pants and light-colored, solid dress shirts. Men don’t wear shorts. Boys can wear shorts and t-shirts.

The women in Salem will all be wearing long, loose dresses/sari’s. Bring long skirts and loose, modest tops or dresses to wear when in India. You can also buy beautiful, comfortable Garden Dresses (choudedar) when you arrive and wear them.

How Many Can Visit at One Time?

ICMC can accommodate twenty people comfortably in Salem. However, smaller teams under ten are suggested.

Where would I stay?

The House of Peace is located on the quiet outskirts of the 3 million-big town of Salem. It is a five-story building overlooking a simple village with paths for streets and a cow or two below your window. The third floor houses five bedrooms of differing sizes and a large open room where you will eat. The outdoor stairs wind to the fourth floor with five bedrooms that open to a huge, open terrace overlooking the sleepy town. The comfortable rooms have tile flooring, springboard single beds (however many you need), fans, windows with screens, in-room bathrooms with American toilets and sinks, and hot water through a heater.

The outdoor stairs again wind to a fifth floor that has a hallway and two rooms which can be used as conference rooms. A metal staircase leads to the roof with a breathtaking view of the city and mountains. The second floor is Dr Jay’s family’s apartment and the simple office for ICMC.

Can I call home?

You can call the USA from a pay phone booth down the street from the House of Peace for about 15 cents a minute. There is sporadic internet access from a computer at the House of Peace, but no email at the more rural Promised Land.

What is the weather like?

It will be hot and humid most times of the year. November – January are quite comfortable times to go weather-wise. It gets very hot in March, April, and May. In July and August, the storms come and cool it off a little, but it’s still humid.

Is there good drinking water available?

They have mineral, bottled, sealed water for us to drink. Don’t drink ANY water that is not sealed. Don’t even brush your teeth with the sink water. It’s fine to shower and wash your face and hands in the water.

Is it safe to travel to India?

Traveling anywhere in the world today has risks. However, India has good relations with America, Southern India is more accepting of foreigners, and Dr Jay takes wonderful care of his visitors. We send over five to ten teams each year and safety has not been an issue.

About Us

The India Christian Mission Center (ICMC) exists to serve India's orphans, widows and the unreached irrespective of caste, creed, community and religion through the love of Jesus.

Three Pillars of ICMC

Mark 9:23- "All things are possible to him who believes

Mark 10:27- "All things are possible with God"

Phil 4:13- "I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me"