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 2,234 distinct People Groups in India and 2,013 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.
June 12, 2014 - At a ministry-supported sewing center in northern India, women learn to design apparel for extra income and discover the beauty that lies within each of them as God’s glorious creations. Read more.
May 22, 2014 - As India’s newly elected prime minister prepares to take the oath of office Monday, indigenous Christian ministries remain cautiously optimistic that they will be able to continue their evangelistic outreach without government interference. Read more.
April 10, 2014 - Thousands of people who walked in darkness now see clearly, thanks to 50 eye camps per year and more than 2,000 surgeries in the villages surrounding Karnataka. But these medical procedures stem from the deep desire and clear vision of a few dedicated physicians and ministers who are reaching the poorest of the poor with the light of the gospel. Read more.
February 27, 2014 - For nearly two years a native missionary forded a river and traversed mountains to reach a remote village in northeastern India where there was no witness for Christ. Recently the village celebrated the opening of its first church—and a new road that will beckon more believers to worship in the community. Read more.
January 23, 2014 - Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ was scary for Haashim*. He knew his life was in danger if he dared share his faith with relatives or friends. As a new believer, he wanted to learn more about the Bible and the Christian life, but there was no one in his northern India village who could teach him. Read more.
January 02, 2014 - The Syrian refugee crisis and catastrophic storms in Asia dominated headlines in 2013. But behind the scenes, native missionaries persevered in the midst of challenging circumstances and saw God multiply the fruits of their labors. The following is an around-the-world sampling of major events/initiatives highlighting the work of these dedicated servants of the Lord. Read more.
November 14, 2013 - We often hear the phrase “Jesus is the reason for the season.” As Christmas approaches, Christian Aid’s indigenous ministry partners are making preparations for celebrations that will introduce children and their families to the Savior. Read more.
October 31, 2013 - Impoverished villagers living along India’s eastern coast may not have seen the worst of Cyclone Phailin’s fury. The storm demolished homes and crops, and local ministry partners of Christian Aid are pleading for assistance to help alleviate the suffering. Read more.
October 15, 2013 - Christian Aid Mission is working with Indian ministries in the Odisha region to bring emergency relief to coastal areas hit hard by this past weekend’s massive cyclone. 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.