WHO IS THE LEADER OF INDIA?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads India’s government. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party with links to groups who see being Hindu as part of Indian identity. Following any other religion is seen as unpatriotic by these groups.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN INDIA?
64 million Christians live in India. That might sound like a lot, but in a country with a total population of 1.3 billion, they actually make up a tiny minority – less than five per cent. In rural areas Christians are often incredibly isolated.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN INDIA?
The Indian government is led by the Hindu nationalist BJP, who believe that being a Hindu is part of Indian identity, and frequently turn a blind eye to attacks on those of other faiths. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is a militant Hindu nationalist group linked with the BJP; they have stated that they want to see India free of Christians and Muslims by the end of 2021.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN INDIA?
Christians in India face horrific levels of violence from extremists, with thousands of attacks taking place every year. Several states in India have brought in anti-conversion laws, and the BJP have made it clear that they would like to make these laws nation-wide. Such laws are often used as an excuse to disrupt church services and harass Christians, and make it incredibly difficult for Christians to share their faith with others.
And yet, many are coming to faith in India through incredible healings. Read Tilak’s miraculous story.
"I am thankful to people all over the world who are praying for people like us. I am amazed that God can compel people from different countries to pray for His people living in the remotest part of India."
- Sujit, church leader
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN INDIA?
You can give to provide vital support
In partnership with local churches, Open Doors strengthens the Indian church through providing emergency aid, training, Bibles, advocacy support, and legal seminars.
Every £22 could resource a local Rapid Response team for a month as they bring emergency aid to victims of violence, such as food and medical care.
You can tell others
The story of Meena from India is included in our free Can you believe it? pack. Order yours and inspire your church or small group with stories of faith, hope and love.
You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR INDIA
Heavenly Father, have mercy on our brothers and sisters in India. May they know You as their Rock, their Protector and their Defender. Provide for those believers who have been cut off from their friends and family for Your sake, and turn the hearts of Hindu extremists, that they would be overwhelmed and transformed by Your love.