The Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has experienced a 20% increase in membership over the last eight years. Its emboldened base seeks to forcibly unite India under a “pure” Hindu identity, despite the country’s great diversity of languages, cultures and religions.
India’s 30 million to 70 million Christians compose only 5% of the county’s staggering population of 1.4 billion people. The Indian government does not release accurate statistics about its Christian population, so exact figures are not available.
In an effort to stop the growth of the church, several states in India have adopted vague policies that forbid the conversion of Hindus. These state anti-conversion laws have been used against pastors, church planters and evangelists. And now a similar law is gaining support at the federal level.
Mobs of Hindu nationalists often beat Christians and drag them to reconversion ceremonies known as Ghar Wapsi, or “homecoming,” where they are ritually forced to return to Hinduism.
Despite the push to eliminate Christianity through greater government restrictions and personal attacks on believers, churches throughout India are growing. Your support of these bold believers will encourage them to stand firm in their faith after they’ve endured persecution and help advance God’s kingdom in India.