Sometimes the blind leading the blind is a good thing. A blind teacher teaching braille to blind students.
India borders Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan. Due to its land mass and geographical location in the heart of the 10/40 Window, India is of key significance when we think about answering the call to “Go and make disciples of all nations… .” (Matthew 28:19)
India is situated in southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
With one-sixth of the world residing there, India is one of the most populous nations in world. Nearly 1.2 billion people are crammed into a space one-third the size of the U.S. Within this population 2,533 separate people groups are represented.
Out of these, 2,233 have never been exposed to the Gospel. Christians are by far the minority, constituting only 2.3% of the total population. Most Indians are Hindu, worshipping 330 million different gods.
Persecution is common for Indian Christians. Socially, the ancient Hindu caste system is still practiced throughout India. Under this system, people are assigned to a rank in a hierarchy of classes. Christians are at the bottom, limiting their access to education, work and even basic human rights. Often, due to religiously fanatic rebel groups, Christians are forced to renounce their religion in order to keep their homes and businesses and even their lives.
As an example, in August 2008, Hindu extremists reacted violently to the murder of one of their leaders, leaving 110 Christians dead, at least 170 churches and 4,500 homes destroyed, and over 54,000 people displaced. The arrests, physical beatings and church attacks across India were innumerable. Since then, this anti-Christian violence has persisted, leaving hundreds of Christians ostracized and abused. DIBA graduates Christian evangelists who are committed to serving God through spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to India’s growing population, in spite of the persecution they will face in the field.