In 1999, while Samuel was in London, he was asked to do a critical analysis of the sermon being preached by trainee Pastor, Richard Lloyd. They met together after the service to share experiences and so began a lasting friendship. Samuel recalls:
“Richard shared how he had a vision to support Third World Countries, especially Bible Colleges in those nations. He said that he would support me in my burden to establish a bible college in India”
- Archbishop Samuel
Samuel invited Richard to visit his church in the Cumbum Valley, rural South India, in order to witness all the ways in which they wanted to help the poorest people. The friendship blossomed and The Rhema Partnership was formed in 2003 after 5.68acres of land were purchased in 2001.