|Sources of Persecution||Religious Nationalism|
|Leader||Prime Minister Narendra Modi|
The leader of a radical Hindu group in India has declared that by the end of 2021, he’ll rid India of Christianity. Churches are regularly monitored and disrupted. Police officers rarely intervene when Christians are persecuted.
Some groups are working towards Hindutva, a process to make Indian rule exclusively Hindu. Officially, India has freedom of religion. But the anti-conversion law makes it illegal to convert to Christianity in seven states. Those who do convert from Hinduism are often attacked, or even killed. They are constantly under pressure to return to Hinduism and are likely to be rejected from their family.
Sharing the gospel is dangerous. It is almost impossible to build or renovate a church and meeting together for worship is not safe. Missionary visas haven’t been issued since the late 1960s. However, God is strengthening His Church and many believers want to share Christ.
“Don’t be afraid when persecution comes to you. It’s part of the Christian life. It’s a privilege to be persecuted.” – Bahia* from India.
When Bahia (22) and her mother came to faith, their community became aggressive. Bahia and other Christians refused to deny Jesus, and were violently thrown out of the village. Bahia went to Bible school to strengthen her faith so that one day she can return to her village with the gospel.
Through local partners, we strengthen the church and provide emergency relief to persecuted believers. We also deliver Bibles, train in job skills and help adults learn to read and write.
“Keep praying for us, we need more strength. We know we are being monitored and our lives are constantly under threat. But we want to continue with our ministry...” – Pastor’s wife from India.
Pray for families of pastors to stay Christ-centred and stand firm in persecution.
Pray for Christians who are sharing the gospel in areas where conversion is illegal.