India

India is the second most populated country in the world and is predicted to overtake China as the most populated by 2028. There are thousands of ethnic groups, and it has arguably greater linguistic diversity than any other large country with over 1,000 languages spoken — though, with much overlap, it is often hard to define when one ends, and another begins. 

KEY CHALLENGES

India’s people operate within the cultural class system tied to Hinduism. Because Christians live outside that system, they lack opportunities and are often persecuted by the cultural majority. One’s place in the caste system determines the gateway to jobs and income-earning. Without this built-in social network, Christians are often left doing the hardest jobs with the least pay. Women in this society are traditionally treated as property. Years of this narrative have left women with much internal work to do to restore their dignity and self-worth while they externally fight for their position in society.

our approach

We were never intended to live in poverty, divided against one another, with little hope for peace. In the Kingdom of God, poverty, violence, division, and hopelessness will not exist. We think that the Church is God’s primary transforming agent in the world. The local church is there to make its community more like the Kingdom of God.

Read on to learn how communities are being transformed in India.

Barsana, India - February 28, 2015: Smiling indian rural women wearing traditional clothes in village barsana, India.

Our partners

Our partnership in India began in 1992, but the local Bible college was founded in 1952. Over the past 65 years, this Bible college has grown into a multifaceted ministry providing theological education, village church planter training and support, ministry training, and children’s outreach all over India. Their graduate-level college has prepared thousands of men and women who are serving the Lord all over the world. Our partners in India have reached thousands of people through evangelism and have a goal of reaching nearly 2 million by the year 2025.

Real people from rural India: Happy parents with their children near their adobe house in slum colony of village.

PROJECTS

Agricultural Farming Project - Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic leaving thousands of migrant works stranded without jobs and unable to travel home. Our partners quickly pivoted in crisis to create both jobs and food sources for struggling families.

Pastoral Theology Training - Providing theology and vocational skills training to village pastors. Training is offered both in-person and has now expanded to online.

Education Without Boundaries - Mission ONE Partners in India are transitioning an Indian seminary’s theology program into an online setting, attracting additional students to achieve financial sustainability so that students throughout India can be equipped as Gospel-led leaders in their own communities.

Covid Relief - Our partners have activated a network of churches across India to bring COVID-19 relief and care to families seeking immediate healthcare and grief counseling, as the country experiences a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

Gospel Context

Our partner in India has said, "the biggest problem with the Church in India is that it doesn't know how to be Indian." Mission ONE has joined our partner in the task of giving leaders the tools they need to understand how Jesus' life, death, and resurrection applies to their community.

This work requires a deep level relationship of trust. To learn more about how to build relationships across cultures, check out our study guide The Beauty of Partnership.

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