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India has a population of over one billion people, consisting of over two thousand different people groups (ethnic communities, tribes, etc.) and has one of the most diverse cultures on the planet! According to the Joshua Project, out of that number of people, 81% are Hindu and only 2.1% profess the Christian faith. One primary group in India is the dalits. Formerly known as “untouchables,” the dalits are the poor and illiterate peoples of India. Living mostly outside the recognized caste system in thousands of rural villages, they are lost in the chaos of millions of false gods, living without Christ. Over 89% of India’s people groups are either unreached with the gospel or unengaged (Joshua Project).
“Over 89% of India’s people groups are either unreached with the gospel or unengaged.”
Matthew 9:35-38 says, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’”
The Indian people are eager to hear a message of hope and are hungry for something more in their lives. Though the atmosphere in the villages can be heavy with both spiritual and physical poverty and spiritual darkness, the fields are ripe for harvest. By the grace of God, hundreds of people are coming to Christ. Though the harvest is plenty, the workers are few. Pray that the Lord would send more workers to this part of the world that is in such desperate need of the Gospel!