In a 2010 paper written for the Cape Town 2010 Congress of the Lausanne Movement, S. Kent Parks and John Scott deliver an impassioned plea for the “Forgotten Fourth” — the almost 2 billion people without access to the gospel. These “separate peoples” are mostly Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, and include significant urban populations.
India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. It is a pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society. Despite economic growth during recent decades, India continues to face socio-economic challenges. In 2011, 21% of India's population lived below the World Bank's international poverty line.
An introductory prayer guide for India can be found at the Operation World website. For a much more extensive guide to praying for India, consider purchasing the Operation World book (see our affiliate disclosure).
Additional items for prayer can be found in this Prayercast for India.
FROM PREMIER CHRISTIANITY:
Leaving the Hindu Priesthood for Christ
Rahil Patel spent six years in India — away from his home and family in London — undergoing intensive training to become a Hindu priest. Outwardly, he was a model student and priest. But inwardly, his heart was unsettled and restless. Through the influence of a children’s Bible he found in a bookstore and later when a group of believers welcomed him in their midst on a Sunday morning, he said “Yes” to Jesus. “I went back to my hotel room and secretly in my heart gave my life to Jesus. It was then that I realised how he had been questioning, guiding and attracting me. He had been there throughout my life, knocking on the door.” Click the button below to read the rest of the story!
Baptist Press ran an article several years ago entitled Sikhs reached by contextualizing Gospel and described how it was difficult for the Jatt Sikh people of India to convert to Christ because they felt it meant giving up their culture.
FROM THE GUARDIAN:
A Sikh Finds Jesus
In an article published in The Guardian in August of 2015 entitled Jesus Saved My Mother, Nirpal Dhaliwal tells the fascinating story of how his mother — born into the monotheistic Sikh religion in the Punjab and yet combining her Sikh heritage with many of the religious practices of the polytheistic Hindu culture around her — converted to Christ and of his observations of the changes it has brought about in her life. Click the button below to read the rest of the story!