Having set up many stations in Europe, the financial position of the Basel Mission Society decided to set up Institutions in areas of India. On 12th February 1834, Basel Mission decided to send three Missionaries to India to establish Basel Mission Stations. They became the first Continental Society other than the Tranquebar Mission to take up work in India. The three Missionaries were Johan Christopher Lehner, Christian Lenhard Greiner, and Samuel Hebich who set out on 31st March 1834 from Basel and landed in Coastal Calicut on 21st August 1834 and moved on to Mangalore on 30th October 1834, where they were joined by four more Missionaries. The Missionaries felt that the best way to fellowship with the locals was to learn the local languages and to keep them well occupied in some productive work; hence they got involved in the Industrial Sector in Mangalore in addition to learning the local languages such as Kannada, Tulu, Malayalam and Konkani.