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  • Leader: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Population: 1.3 billion (64 million Christians)
  • Main Religion: Hinduism
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Sujit, a church leader in rural India


Last year, 24,000 Christians were attacked in India. As persecution in India becomes more extreme, Open Doors local church partners have a plan to double their impact. Your prayers, monthly gifts and long-term support can help them reach Christians in every corner of India with practical, legal and spiritual support.

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The Indian government is led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). They 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 (RSS) 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.

When the government of India is allowing violent attacks to take place against Christians, and an extremist group linked with the leading political party is actively trying to wipe out the church, it isn’t surprising that Christians in India are facing horrific levels of persecution. Open Doors church partners estimate that almost 24,000 Christians were physically attacked last year because of their faith.

Hindu extremists are stepping up their efforts to free India of Christians – so we must step up our response. Open Doors has been working through local churches and partners in India since 2000, and the work they do is already extensive, but they have a plan to double their impact and extend their reach to every corner of India over the next two years. Your prayers and long-term support can help to make that plan a reality.

Read more about persecution in India

Please Pray 

  • That the Spirit of Truth will strengthen Christians from a Hindu background to resist pressure to return to their family’s faith
  • That God will give wisdom and protection to believers in states with anti-conversion laws who love to share their faith
  • Asking God to reveal Himself to parents who incarcerate their daughters because they’ve chosen to follow Christ.

How Open Doors helps

In partnership with local churches, Open Doors strengthens the Indian church through: 

  • Distribution of Bibles, Children's Bibles, training manuals and Sunday school materials to persecuted Christians
  • Holistic training for pastors, church workers, women, youth, children and family groups
  • Livelihood and community development, adult literacy programmes, bridge schooling for children, vocational education, and urgent aid and relief for persecuted Christians
  • Advocacy support, legal seminars, and providing Rapid Response Teams in the field to help the victims of persecution.

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