Baptist missionaries, serving with the London Missionary Society, were already active in the neighboring state of Bengal.
Some of these missionaries moved south to preach the gospel in what is now Orissa.
Such groups can take advantage of affirmative action programs, where the Indian government reserves a certain number of government jobs for them.
Later German Lutheran missionaries would also bring the message of salvation.
Catholic missionaries were active in Orissa during the 1800s.
Today foreign missionaries and native evangelists are active in Orissa.
Some districts of this state are more than five percent Christian while other districts don’t have a single known believer.