Day 8 Hinduism 101

Persecution in India

In India, the laws say that people can choose their own religion and worship freely.

People are supposed to be treated equally, whether they choose to be Christian, Hindu, Muslim, or any other faith.

Most people in India are Hindu. Many of these Hindus believe India should be a Hindu nation and that Christianity is a "foreign" religion. Some higher-caste people see Christianity as a threat to the power and control they have had enjoyed for many centuries over the lower castes and Untouchables.

Because of this, many Christians in India like Guna are treated badly for following Jesus. This is called persecution.

Sometimes Christians are called bad names or even kicked out of their homes by their own families for choosing to follow Jesus. Christians are sometimes put in jail on false charges. And sadly, some people in India hurt and even kill Christians.

In Acts 4, Peter and John were told to STOP speaking and teaching in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John would not STOP. They said "We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."

The apostles suffered a great deal of persecution because they would not stop telling everyone the Good News of Jesus. John was imprisoned. Peter was crucified.

But the Bible says they rejoiced "because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name." (Acts 5:31).

Just like the apostles, Christians in India will not STOP preaching the name of Jesus.

In spite of all the persecution and violence, India's Christians are still believing ... reading ... meeting ... teaching ... witnessing.

And by helping boys and girls in India go to Children's Bible Clubs, you are showing the love of Jesus to many families in India!

You can pray for India's persecuted believers.

The second Sunday in November is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. On this day, Christians from many countries will be praying for their persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ in India and all around the world.

Each week, Mission India's staff in the United States and India gathers to pray over the dozens of prayer requests and praise items we receive from our partners in India. Many of these are related to persecution.

Click here for a list of recent prayer & praise points from India.

Please join us in praying for these children and families, and praise God for the many ways He is at work in India!