Mobile Phone Outreach: Indians Launch Prayer Hotline

May 15, 2012

Lucknow, India - Indigenous missionaries in this huge North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have opened a prayer hotline for poor, rural farmers. Called the “Prayer on Phone Ministry” by local leaders, it has proven wildly successful. People are already dialing in from several states, say the missionaries who are assisted by Christian Aid Mission of Charlottesville, Virginia. India has 919 million mobile phones, almost three times more than all the cell phones in the United States!

Prayer Hotline Follow-up Meeting with Dalit Believers

The new call-in phone ministry has the potential for being a powerful evangelistic and church planting method in a state where Christians make up less than 1% of the population. If it were independent, UP would be the fifth most populous country in the world.

Although desperately poor, like nearby states of Bihar and Uttarakhand, mobile telephone technology is already a fixed part of everyday village life in UP.