Just a tiny minority in a sea of over 1 billion non-Christians, believers living in India face some of the highest rates of persecution in the world.
We often hear stories of God using acts of persecution to open even more doors to the Gospel. Historically (including the New Testament times), persecution has resulted in the growth of the Christian church.
For example, in 2008, believers in Orissa endured months of brutal persecution violence at the hands of anti-Christian extremists. Our partners later reported that more people were open to hearing the Gospel after seeing how their Christian neighbors responded peacefully.
India’s constitution gives each citizen the right to freedom of religion. But in practice, choosing to follow Christ can have severe consequences in India.
Five states have laws that make it difficult to become a Christian believer. And many people in India (especially uneducated illiterates in rural areas) don’t even know that they have a constitutional right to freedom of religion. India is even on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom’s watch list.
What kinds of persecution do believers face? Here are some we’ve seen recently:
How can you help support these dear brothers and sisters in Christ? Pray! India’s believers expect opposition and rely on prayer to endure intimidation, rejection, and violence.