India is an Asian subcontinent which dominates South Asia and the Indian Ocean both geographically and politically. There are 28 Union States and 7 Union territories. There are 2,142 distinct People Groups in India and 1,929 People Groups are considered unreached according to the Joshua Project. Constitutionally there are 22 official languages. The official language is Hindi (spoken by 40% of the population). English is a subsidiary official language. India is the world´s largest functioning democracy.
The caste system reflects ancient social and occupational hierarchies, but its origins are disputed and unclear. Today, the four major divisions are: Forward Castes, Other Backward Castes, Dalit/Bahujan/Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Around 4,700 castes and 25,000 subcastes function as clearly defined, hierarchically arranged, endogamous hereditary groups. This system impacts life much more profoundly in rural areas than in cities. Discrimination based on caste is constitutionally illegal but caste based discrimination persists throughout much of India.
December 03, 2015 - An evangelist in India receives an average of one call a week from Hindus trying to trick him into making statements that would open him to accusations of coercing or luring people to convert; often the callers are recording the conversations. Read more.
May 29, 2015 - Ethnic Rohingya fleeing oppression in Burma and deprivation in Bangladesh faced hunger and disease this month after smugglers abandoned the boats they’d put them on weeks ago. Indigenous missionaries are addressing some of the root causes that drive the Rohingya to sea. Read more.
February 19, 2015 - Working in an area where radical Hindus shut down public evangelistic events and nearly half of the residents are Muslims who prohibit leaving Islam, a pastor whose ministry has planted 200 churches appeared to be cornered when a journalist asked if he converts people. The question came as a proposal outlawing religious conversion was being drafted. Read more.
The Scriptures provide us with many more examples of collaboration among believers (see Philippians 4 and 2 Corinthians 8). This principle remains an important tool to build God’s kingdom today. Read more.
...Missionary Singh determined to "lose his life" for the sake of the gospel. In 1983 God called him to begin a ministry which has grown to be an effective instrument for evangelizing the poorest villages of the Himalayas. His son now shares the leadership with his father who is unable to meet the physical demands of travel. Read more.
When you think of a bicycle, you might picture a day of exercise and fun with your family. When a native missionary thinks of a bicycle, he thinks of the speed with which he can reach a village and the number of people he can tell about the love of Jesus. With a bicycle, distances between villages diminish as one sets out to preach the Word. Read more.
Living in the high country of North India, Uttarakhand State, Bir Singh, a young man in his early thirties, sits outside at his loom and weaves cloth from silk, cotton and wool. He supports his family in this time-honored tradition. A Jaunsari living in the rugged hills, Bir Singh is more easily able to share his faith in Christ because the people know him. He is one of them. His community now has ten families who are believers in Christ. Read more.
...The Juango turned away from the "genuine God" when their ancestors made an oath with the Maran Buru, or "spirits of the great mountains," when migrating to their present lands. To appease the spirits, they began practicing sorcery, sun worship and other rituals. Read more.
There are several cities located in northern India having a population of more than two million people. Within these cities are pockets of Urdu-speaking communities, where a native missionary* and his wife began their ministry. But this has not been an easy mission field. Religious tensions persist, so Muslim minorities are fearful of entering the mainstream of society. They rarely leave their own neighborhood, except for reasons of business, health or other necessities. Read more.
India has the largest number of unreached people groups (UPG) in the world. With its population exceeding one billion and the languages spoken there numbering in the hundreds, it is clear that native missionaries are the best people to reach those who have yet to hear the good news of salvation through Christ. Read more.