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Many know India as a country of rich diversity, culture and history. Its population – a staggering 1.3 billion people – make it the second-most populated country in the world. Roughly 17 percent of the world’s population lives in India.
And these people are hungry. Beyond the lack of food, modern-day slavery and other factors of poverty experienced by a large percentage of the population, they are hungry for something deeper: the hope that only Christ can give. The truth of the gospel is neither well-known nor well-accepted in this country where close to 80 percent of the population are Hindu and nearly 15 percent follow Islam.
But God is moving in India. This year, TWR India celebrates 40 years of God’s faithfulness in reaching India with the gospel. In 1977, TWR India began to broadcast the hope of the gospel in five languages on the radio. Since then, God has moved in some significant ways. Today, it has celebrated production in its 100th language. Not only that, but broadcasting has also expanded to include other forms of media. Television shows, audio players, cell phone projects and web initiatives supplement the ongoing radio broadcasts.
So many exciting initiatives are taking place! Tamil-language youth can hear the gospel through the Interactive Voice Response Mobile Project where people can respond to a radio program through their mobile phone and hear a fuller presentation of the gospel. Over 795,000 people listen to this program daily, and roughly 250,000 of them are non-Christians!
TWR Canada is very involved in India’s radio home churches. In our recent newsletter we noted that there were 2,500 home groups. It has since been reported that over 5,000 of these groups meet weekly to listen to TWR’s programs, learn together and discuss the material. TWR Canada has assisted with bringing these groups media players, giving them programming in their mother tongue that is not as restrictive to the strength of the signal and scheduling issues. This has had tremendous impact.
TWR Canada also built a studio in India several years ago; this studio has since been used to produce the video for our Discipleship Essentials training curriculum in the Hindi and Bengali languages. This curriculum has been used to train 200 leaders in guiding others in the faith and teaching others how to build Christian disciples.
We are excited to see not only a spiritual harvest in India, but also local people getting excited about the ministry. Fifty percent of the ministry costs are funded by local fundraising efforts – a testimony to their involvement as this is very rare in a country where poverty is so prevalent.
We praise God for his faithfulness in reaching the nation of India. Join us in praying for the continued expansion of this ministry to reach even more with the hope of the gospel.