Missionaries With Home Field Advantage

India

Congratulations on 60 years of Christian service!

— Nancy W., VA

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

I pray for a very blessed, peaceful Happy Thanksgiving to all my Christian Aid “family.” I thank you for all your prayerful concern for me and my family. God has been supplying all I have needed. He is truly faithful and I am so blessed. May God bless you all abundantly.

— Edith G., CA

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

Whank 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


Top 5 People Groups

Shaikh: 77,725,000

Brahman: 58,346,000

Yadav Hindu: 57,534,000

Chamar Hindu: 52,376,000

Rajput: 43,833,000

Religion

Hindu: 80.6%

Muslim: 12.8%

Christian: 2.2%

Buddhist: 0.7%


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 2,153 distinct People Groups in India and 1,944 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

Click here to see recent Prayerline posts for specific Indian states

MANIPUR. An indigenous training center strives to strengthen struggling churches in Manipur, a 44.8-percent Hindu ...

PUNJAB. Fresh, new, Christ-centered literature is awakening lives to the gospel in this northwest Indian state ...

NEW DELHI. The Lord shapes the desires of those who place their trust in Him. The Lord reveals needs. ...

HARYANA. How many Bibles do you own? How many translations or versions decorate your bookshelves?

CHANDIGARH. Healthcare impacts every culture, but people living in remote areas in some countries lack access. ...

MEGHALAYA. Hungry children with spindly arms shuffle along the dirt paths of remote villages in Meghalaya, India. ...

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