What is the Status of the Church in India? Answering that question is not simple because the body of Christ in India is complex.
On one hand, India is home to a massive Gospel Deprived community. In fact, it is home to the largest concentration of the Gospel Deprived out of any single country. According to the Joshua Project, India has nearly 2,300 distinct unreached people groups. In the midst of this reality, one must note another reality. The Church in India began not long after Christ established the Church.
Think about it. The Body of Christ in India has existed for nearly 2,000 years with no major disruptions that I can find. With this in mind, why are there 2,300 distinct unreached people groups (UPG) in India today?
To help you process my original question in my first sentence, click below to read what Aasim (SRC’s India Director) shares regarding three different types of churches in India.
President, Silk Road Catalyst
Persecution. Demon Possession. Ignored by Pastors. These are three things I came across during my recent trip to South Asia.
Abbaad* serves in our Kashmere Outpost. Shamim became a follower of Christ 19 years ago when he left Islam. He remains the only believer in his family, even after his father tried to kill him 19 years ago for becoming a Christ follower.
His parents have sense passed away but apart from Christ, and his living siblings still do not associate with him, except when necessary. Yet, through all this, Abbaad has persevered and remained steadfast. He has given his life to following Christ and multiplying disciples in this Gospel-Deprived Muslim community.