It is inspiring to watch men and women minister to the spiritual and physical needs of their flock, often in very difficult conditions. India is home to over half of the world’s unreached people groups; tens of millions of people have never heard the name of Jesus Christ. In northern India, where India Connection operates, persecution of God’s church can be intense. From dirt trails in the mountains to teeming city streets, our pastors walk mile after mile. With your support, some of them have been able to buy a scooter, which greatly expands the area they can reach with the good news of hope and salvation.
The India Connection organization consists of 100 churches across northern India. While India is making rapid advances economically, most of our people still face the challenges of poverty, disease and illiteracy. Please keep our pastors in prayer! They are leaders in their communities, tasked with responsibility for their flock – body, mind and spirit.
2015 brought many changes to the India Connection ministries. In an atmosphere of heightened persecution, by the grace of God our local churches continued to grow in numbers. Pastors in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and the northeast states report that the Holy Spirit is moving and souls are being added to the Kingdom every day.
When you read autobiographies of men like William Carey, Hudson Taylor, George Mueller, and the Moravian missionaries, you learn of people whose lives demonstrate why some of us need to “go” to a mission field in a foreign land. Over the centuries, these missionaries have written letters back to their home churches, challenging them to send and support workers in the harvest fields of Asia, Africa and South America.
As Christians, we face opposition every day. Jesus himself told us that in this world we “will have tribulation” (John 16:33), and Paul warned Timothy that “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). In India, the enemy operates out in the open, and persecution comes in waves. The church in India is currently enduring a period of increased attacks and needs your prayers.