India constitutes most of the subcontinental land mass of South Asia, along with six smaller countries including Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Tropical islands, thick jungles, arid deserts, teeming cities and the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas, lie within its borders. It is truly a land of contrasts: Silks, spices, jewels and golden temples on one hand; miserable poverty in stinking slums on the other. As previously stated, the population of India is 1.36 billion people, second only to China in one-third of the area.
Less than 2.5% of the nation is Christian. That means nearly 1.3 billion people are unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This statistic is compounded daily with the birth of almost 50,000 more souls.
India is one of the most unreached nations in the world. Hands down. Half a million communities still lack any witnessing body of believers, meaning four out of five Indians will go their entire lives without knowing a single Christian or understanding God’s gift of salvation.
Nearly 265 million people live on less than $2 per day, many barely existing in deep poverty. Nearly one in four Indians cannot read or write. Additional strict social barriers of the caste system block any change of their circumstances. 70% of India lives in rural villages, and more millions live—if you can call it that—in miserable city slums without sanitation, potable water, adequate food or healthcare.
When they face life’s greatest challenges, millions of Indians are in desperate need of the Savior. The 160 million despised Dalit or Untouchables, especially, are responding to Jesus Christ because they have no other hope. Considered impure and less than human by the higher castes, they are amazed that there is a God Who values their lives and died for their souls. Jesus can transform lives and we need to bring Him to the nation of India.
Vanguard Missions International comes alongside indigenous ministries in different areas of India, equipping them to do the work God has called them to do. So the churches they plant are theirs. We provide the training, resources, and accountability to help them be self-sustaining and successful.
100% of our ministry partners in India are Indian nationals. All programs are developed by Indians, for Indians, and have been designed to work effectively within the specific physical, emotional, and social challenges faced by Indians. We believe we’re doing the most important thing, in the most critical place, in the most effective way possible. We transform communities in India by planting churches through these proven strategies that affect their people and culture with the Gospel.
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