In 1995 the Consultation on National Strategy for Missions approached Rev Dr. Mano Daniel to conduct a national survey to find a common denominator among those planting successful churches at the grassroot level and evolve a national strategy for missions. Dr. Mano Daniel travelled intensively for 2 years conducting a Harvest Force survey in India. He travelled to every single dot on the Indian Airlines map and collected 15000 data forms during the two years of study to find common denominators among the harvesters. Surprisingly at the end of 2 years no common denominator could be determined in the data collected.

There was however some common factors which were not included in the survey questionnaire. None of them had been to seminary or had formal Theological education but were inspired by God in a sporadic and spontaneous manner. And it was obvious that their hearts were on fire for the Lord. By virtue of their consistent evangelism and distribution of tracts repeatedly in the same area many souls were won to Christ.

The new believers needed a pastor and these men soon found themselves planting a church. Mano coined a new name for this fired up harvest force – “Leadership in Obscurity”.