The Vision of a New India

India is a country with a population approaching 1.2 billion. It is quickly closing the population gap with its neighbor to the north, China. However, with a geographical land mass equal to 1/3 that of the USA, India is, for the most part, densely populated. Unemployment is common and 35% of Indians live below the poverty line. Many people are jobless and homeless. In the city of Calcutta, for example, there are 2,000,000 homeless people. However, there is economic growth in the business sector. Many Western companies are moving some of their operations to India in order to take advantage of the inexpensive labor. Due in part to the tropical climate in much of India, diseases such as bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, dengue fever, malaria, and Japanese encephalitis have taken their toll on the population. India is a tribal country and over 1,600 languages are spoken within its borders. The national languages are Hindi and English.

Hinduism is the dominant religion in India, with 80-85% of the population claiming adherence to it. Hindus believe in 330 million gods and the devout Hindu will try to please as many of these as possible. Karma, the belief that one's situation in life is fixed as a reward or punishment for deeds done in a former life, dominates the Hindu worldview. Hindus also believe that they must be reincarnated (reborn) 82 trillion times in their quest for salvation. Salvation for the Hindu is being united with the ultimate being, called Brahman-Atman. Once this occurs, they will cease to exist, and thus will be saved.

The Challenge to Reach the Unreached is Huge

  • The 150 Mega people groups are politically, economically, culturally strategic and influential!
  • 100 million kids are school drop outs
  • Adult Literacy & Mass Media are still relevant strategies for reaching oral communicators.
  • 933 Women for every 1000 men
  • Female Infanticide & Dowry deaths are increasing
  • Women are culture bearers, more spiritual and better change agents
  • They influence their friends and relatives in India and are open to follow Jesus Christ in their adopted lands.
  • 22 million specially abled Indians need to be discipled to follow Christ. (Disabled in seeing, speaking, hearing, movement & mentally)