FOURTH COURSE: INDIA
For your FOURTH COURSE it's got to be curry! I mean, what else would you eat? Obviously in India, curry is the staple diet. But when it comes to food, Open Doors' partners in the country help Christians with seeds and livestock, such as goats and chickens, so that they can grow their own food and gain independence.
WHO ARE YOUR HEROES?
A family-friendly video. Imagine you're part of a family doesn't want you to be a Christian, how would you stay strong? This child-friendly video shows how persecution affects some children in India.
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Prepare your table with these two placemat designs. Placemats for adults/teens include a quiz, real-life story, Bible verse, and discussion question. Children's placemats include a picture to colour in, a real-life story, an easy-to-read version of the Bible verse, and a short prayer.
The Open Doors Prayer Diary is a unique monthly resource that helps you pray for your persecuted brothers and sisters and the work of Open Doors around the world. It also includes good news stories and answers to prayer.
Feel free to make life easy for yourself and order a takeaway! (We're not going to judge you.) Or you have a crack at making your own. Try out these links. Loads of lovely curry recipes at Urban Rajah, Telegraph: the five best curry recipes at the British Curry awards , Collection of curry recipes at BBC Good food
India is number 11 on the Open Doors World Watch List 2018. At least eight Christians were killed last year, and nearly 24,000 were physically assaulted. Since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power in 2014, radical Hinduism has increased steadily. There are anti-conversion laws to prevent people from leaving Hinduism in five states, and there have been efforts to impose such a law at a national level. Some of those who have left Hinduism to follow Jesus have been attacked and even killed by their own parents. Christians in India are typically from the poorer castes. And many pastors are especially poorly paid.
You can also order your free copy of the Open Doors World Watch List 2018, read about the latest global trends in persecution and discover the four responses to persecution. Do you dive and survive, register and submit, flee and live, or stay and die?
LISTEN TO A HINDU-BACKGROUND BELIEVER
Listen to a Hindu-background believer
In this moving interview a Hindu-background believer living in the UK reveals how her choice to become a Christian impacted her Hindu mother and family in India – and how it continues to do so to the present day.