Peoples: 2,533 (88% unreached)
Official language: The official language is Hindi (spoken by 40% of the population). English is a subsidiary official
Largest Religion: Hinduism with 902,711,323 adherents.
The above are the facts about India, but they are not the entire story. India is a country full of beauty and joy, and yet it is a country known for extreme poverty and pain.
According to Operation World India is a country where:
- Religious freedom in India is under threat, and some states have already passed anti-conversion laws.
- Corruption is rife in all levels of government. This is a country where corruption exists in all levels of government.
- Serious social skills confront this nation daily. Malnutrition, child labour, female infanticide, as well as the spread of AIDS are just some of the serious ills confronting Indian society.
- Economic inequity is extreme. Those in authority need wisdom in managing India’s economic situation. India has the world’s highest number of poor and the fourth most millionaires.
- There is great potential for change in the hands of the next generation. The under 35s in India are open to new ways and ideas which can reshape this nation. At the moment materialism is the most significant influence in this generation, pray that they might discover Christ and shape a completely new future for this nation.
- Human need in India is immense. As already mentioned, abject poverty is a massive concern in India, which is not helped by the caste system. Health concerns are rife, often linked with malnutrition and lack of safe drinking water. Women and children are at risk, with domestic abuse female infanticide, and child bondage just some of the major issues.
One of the reasons we have partnered with agencies like World Vision and Compassion in India for several years now is that they are seeking to stand alongside communities and empower them as they face the challenges of daily life. Many of the things we take for granted, whether it be access to clean water, education, health care and the like are not available to everyone. Where possible World Vision and Compassion are trying to break the cycle of poverty and introduce people to the love of God.
At Mosaic, it is great to be standing alongside Christian organisations who are on the ground. Can we encourage you to pray for the ministries of Worldvision, Compassion and Hope Centre which we are looking at today?