Indigenous Ministries at Work in South Asia

India, though part of Asia, is a sub-continent with over 1600 “nations” contained within its borders. No greater convergence of diverse peoples, religions and languages exists on this planet than this great homeland of more than 1.2 billion people. By 2025 it will surpass China as the worlds’ most populous country. While about 80% are Hindus, over 175 million Muslims live there as well, more than in any other country except Indonesia. The number of Christians is estimated to be about 25 million, 2% of the population. Many indigenous Christian ministries are focusing their evangelistic efforts on reaching unreached people. There are more unreached people groups in India than in any other country on earth, and with several hundreds of thousands of villages that have no church, the task is great. Thousands of native missionaries are on the fields reaching the lost, and Christian Aid is sending help to support many of them.

Today thousands of native missionaries still have no sponsors. Those who send $50 monthly to Christian Aid will be given the name, photo and a biographical sketch of a missionary for whom they can pray, plus information about the ministry with which he serves. Christian Aid will collect the support funds and send them to the respective indigenous missions overseas, who will apportion support to each worker according to his need.

With financial support from Christian Aid, hundreds of evangelistic mission teams are at work in India. Equipped with loudspeakers and microphones, native missionaries start preaching in open areas.
A native missionary walking to town meets several women along the road. These impromptu discussions often lead to opportunities to share the gospel with an entire village.

Crowds will gather and in this way the gospel is preached from one rural village to the next. Gifts of $150 each will buy megaphones for native missionaries.
New churches are planted in each village, and new Christian communities carry on a witness for Christ among their own people.

These believers sing praises to the Lord with a tambourine and a small drum. Gifts from Christian Aid enable villagers to construct meeting halls where the congregation can sit on the floor and praise God together.
New believers confess their faith by water baptism. Missionaries use whatever lake or river that is nearby. This bold step often brings persecution to those from Hindu and Muslim families.