Population - 1.1 billion
Languages - 1652
People groups - 4624
Christians - 2.5%
Many of these languages have no Bible.
Most of these people groups have no gospel witness.
REACHING THE UNREACHED AT ANY COST
God bless you today as you serve the risen Lord.
One of the visual images that will always stay with us
is a family of beggars near a slum in India. As is
quite common, the little children of this particular
family were dodging in and out of dense traffic asking
for money which they brought back to their mother. They
were so dirty; they blended in with the filthy street
and were hard to see. Likely they've never had a bath
or ever brushed their teeth. It made me want to weep.
A few months ago there was a news photograph on the
front page of a newspaper published in Bombay, of a
dog and a little child lying on the street. As you
look closer, it became apparent that the boy was
drinking the Dog's milk. In fact, the caption read,
"The dog is the child's mother."
There is so much need in places like this. In Bombay alone
it's estimated that hundreds of thousands of street
kids roam the streets, without parents, looking for
scraps of food in the dumps and garbage heaps.
I hope that you and I will learn to pray more for these children of the untouchables.
I pray that you and I can really feel the burden that Jesus has
for them and do something about it.
Signs are Pointing to North India
SIGN #1: North India is strategically important in completing
the unfinished task of world evangelization.
The church in India has a rich and very long history, some
say dating back to the Apostle Thomas. In fact, India is
where the era of modern missionary effort began nearly
two hundred years ago with the arrival of William Carey,
called by many the father of modern missions. But
historically, most of the growth of the Indian church
has been concentrated in the southern and northeastern
parts of the country. While the church there is alive
and well, pastors and missionaries both in and out of India
have long noticed the special needs and strategic importance
of the northern part of the country - an area often called
"the North India-Hindi Belt."
This area stretches across north and central India and
covers nine states: Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh,
Uttar Predesh, Delhi, Jammu Kashmir, Punjab, Himachel
Pradesh and Haryana. Why is this area so important?
It is a major population center. The Ganges River belt
contains one of the most heavily populated regions of the
world. If Uttar Pradesh were a country, it would be the
seventh most populous in the world; if Bihar were a country,
it would be the thirteenth. Forty percent of the total
Indian population live there, some 400 million people.
It is a political center. New Delhi is the capital and
center of political power in India. Practically everything
flows from this area of the country.