India

Praise the Lord that Christian Aid is reaching the nations!

— Donna K., PA

The letters we get from Christian Aid keep us informed of the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you so much.

— Charles and Susana C., KY

Thank God for the good work you are doing.

— David E., NY

I praise God for the GREAT and MARVELOUS work He is doing through your ministries to our Brethren.

— DonnElise K.

Thank you for the letters included with our receipts. They help me understand your work. They remind me to pray for you….because you are missionaries too.

— Janet H., MT

Praise God for your ministry! Many others need to do missions this way.

— Sonja K., ME

Praying for each of you every day!

— Kenneth S., FL

God bless everyone involved in Christian Aid.

— Sheila B., CA

As we welcomed a new granddaughter recently, our hearts also ached for these children born as refugees. May this gift, however small, alleviate some hungry cries. We continue to pray for peace.

— Ron and Natalie T., MD

Thank you so much for your website and facebook site. They minister to me in such a great way. They help keep keep us informed on Christians worldwide.

— Von Morgan, MN

Thank you for helping God’s people.

— Terri C., IL

May GOD's grace and love be felt by all who are touched by these funds. Please continue HIS good work in Africa!

— Kathleen C., PA

We pray without ceasing. Thank you for your caring hearts.

— Marcia A., TN

Thank you for all you are all doing in taking the Good News out to the people.

— Greg and Terri B., WV

May God continue to bless you for the work you are doing.

— Charles and Susana C., KY

I pray daily using the prayer calendar. God bless you. As a former missionary kid, I commend you to God and to others for this wonderful work.

— Dan and Donna S., TN

How I praise the Lord for Christian Aid and the millions that are helped – furthering the gospel around the world.

— Jean P., CA

You have a real heart for indigenous missions. Thank you.

— Bonnie H., KS

Top 5 People Groups

Shaikh: 86,378,000

Brahman: 62,496,000

Yadav Hindu: 61,983,000

Chamar Hindu: 53,413,000

Rajput: 47,206,000

Religion

Hindu: 81.5%

Muslim: 13.1%

Christian: 2.1%

Buddhist: 0.3%


Reference:

Operation World

CIA Factbook

Joshua Project

About India

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 2,245 distinct People Groups in India and 2,026 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.

Recent Prayerline Posts

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KERALA. Sharon Fellowship started as a small Bible College and has spread throughout India and beyond, with more than 1,200 churches planted. Six new workers from north India carry the gospel to remote areas, travelling often overnight to establish a witness ...

INDIA. A native missionary establishes churches in Muslim villages through adult literacy and child development. “We felt a burden to communicate the gospel to women, who have a zero-to-10-percent literacy rate,” ...

WEST BENGAL. An indigenous ministry in West Bengal distributes Bibles in the Islamic Bengali language to impoverished Muslims in rural, unreached villages. Last year, workers gave away 2,000-plus Bibles during out ...

MAHARASHTRA. Every hour, four girls in India enter prostitution, three of them against their will. Girls as young as 10 years are trafficked from economically depressed neighborhoods to major prostitution centers. ...

INDIA. Imagine worship music filling villages that have no church witness. Imagine children singing praises to Christ Jesus. Native missionaries in India want to form Charisma Gospel Music Team and need a good sound system for outreaches in distant villages, which often require a seven-day journey ...

INDIA. Through a unique Bible School for Rohingya children, an indigenous ministry effectively equips young people as vessels for the gospel, preparing them to lead the next generation to Christ. A group of children has completed one year of the three-year program. The 18 students need $910 per month ...

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