India comprises a great diversity of languages, cultures and religions. It has a strong military and a fast-growing, powerful economy.
VOM partner organizations report an increase in persecution and scrutiny of Christians in the past year. Several pastors and evangelists have been beaten and killed, while others have been displaced by Hindu militants. Hindu groups that seek to create a purely Hindu India wield considerable influence over the government. Six states have laws against leaving Hinduism for another religion, and some are calling for nationwide anti-conversion laws.
VOM is providing evangelistic training to 1,000 local believers. We also support the families of pastors who have been killed for their faith and provide medical help to those injured in attacks.
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