10 June, 1682: Birth of Bartholomew Ziegenbalg.
Ziegenbalg was born in a little Saxony town called Pulsnitz in southeast Germany. His parents were God fearing Christians with a missionary outlook.
With the help of King Frederick IV of Denmark, Ziegenbalg and his friend started their sea journey to India on 29 Nov 1705 and reached the coast of present Tamil Nadu, a place called Tranquebar on 9 July 1706.
They were the first protestant Missionaries to India and hence 9th July is celebrated as the birthday of Protestant Missions in India. Ziegenbalg passed away on 23 Feb 1719.