India

Uttar Pradesh (UP) is the home of Hinduism, and has a long historical connection to Buddhism and Jainism also. Sadly, it has given no home to the gospel. Millions of Hindu pilgrims visit Varanasi, the holy city of Hinduism on the Ganges River. But very few find the living water only Jesus can give. This […]

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Uttarakhand: Freedom for Uttarakhand is only recent. Its struggle for statehood and separation from Uttar Pradesh was finally won in 2000. This upland region has two divisions – hilly Kumaon and mountainous Garhwal. The people of both identify themselves as Pahari (mountain people) and speak their own Indo-Aryan languages as well as Hindi. There is […]

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West Bengal: The Bengalis number 250 million, with communities found throughout the world. The 67 million Bengalis living in West Bengal are the large majority of the state’s 82million people. Globally, they are the world’s largest unreached ethnic group. William Carey’s pioneer work 200 years ago was among Bengalis. Carey and his successors achieved much […]

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Kolkata, once India’s capital and leading city, has continued to decline since 1954 due to political instability, violent clashes because of a strong Marxist movement and economic stagnation from failure to modernize. Some growth has occurred since 2000, thanks largely to a burgeoning IT industry. The city faces huge challenges in terms of poverty, congestion […]

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India – For the Jammu & Kashmir region

From a contact in Jammu & Kashmir The number of covid-infected people in Jammu & Kashmir has been rising by about 100 to 200 every day for the past few weeks, with some higher spikes in between. The region has been making an effort in scaling up testing facilities. Hospitals have partly had some troubles […]

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands have 436,118 inhabitants on 38 islands in the Bay of Bengal. Over 20% of the population are Christian; over 90% of the indigenous Nicobarese are Christian. The unreached include the four isolated negrito peoples of the Andamans – only 450 people, but all mission work is forbidden among them. GFA, The […]

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Lakshadweep is made up of twelve coral atolls and 36 islands in the Arabian Sea. Its 32 sq kms are home to over 73,217 people. Over 98% of the population are devotedly Muslim; the rest are Hindu and Christian immigrants from the mainland. No long-term ministry to these Malayali-speaking Muslims has ever been permitted or […]

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Politics affects the Church and mission in Tamil Nadu state. Hindu extremists threaten the Church with anti-conversion laws. Pray that the current religious freedom continues. The Church grows despite the social pressures, especially among Dalit and tribal peoples. Muslims and higher caste Hindus receive very little outreach. Tamils founded many of the Christian organizations throughout […]

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Sikkim has enjoyed significant religious freedom in recent years, a contrast from a history of persecution. Christians are taking advantage of this open window, but they are not alone. Muslims and Maoists are also very active in proselytism, so much so that, combined with growing immigration, the rapid religious demographic change is of great concern […]

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