With degrees in philosophy and theology, Sam Higgenbottom went to India to serve God. In India, he discovered that farming techniques were primitive, and cows (which were considered sacred by Hindus) did not produce much milk. As a result, there was a severe scarcity of food. Sam realized that until this problem was solved, the people of India would not be ready to hear the message of the gospel. So Sam went back to the United States, studied animal husbandry and agriculture, and returned to establish the first agricultural college in India.