The seven Dutch Missionary Pioneer Sisters arrived in India on 24th Feb 1904 in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The beginnings of the society of JMJ Education edifice dates back to June 1904. With a few children from the villages, the sisters started a small Lower Elementary School. Though the sisters were full of enthusiasm the children were the least interested in learning. They were more comfortable with carefree village life than to sit in a class room and learn. Perhaps this must have been a quite disappointing experience to the sisters, but as daughters of Fr. Mathias Wolff `they were not disheartened and tried to find some other means to attract the children and parents. The sisters started keeping children with them. This was the beginning of the boarding schools in the society of JMJ, India. Gradually sisters won the confidence of the people and more girls started coming to our schools and boardings from villages. There was a slow and steady growth in the strength of the school.
Sisters Stanislas Terwindt
The leader and the animator of the pioneers, gives an account of the nursing work of the sisters:” from 4.30p.m. to 6.30 p.m. we attend on the patients in our verandah which we use as dispensary. If only you could have a look at the scene of the sick, you will see the crippled, the blind, the deaf and dumb, lepers, Muslims and Hindus and all castes and creeds represented. These simple people seem to put great trust in “Ammagaru’s” (native sisters not yet admitted to the Soc. of J.M.J.) and their medicine. From far and near they come to us thinking that we can cure them of every disease. People come covered all over with ghastly wounds and even lepers want to have their wounds dressed.