India (MNN) — After hearing story after story of church growth in India, it's easy to start believing that everyone in the country has access to a church–and certainly to the Word. India's a big country though, and although the Lord has undoubtedly been moving, there is still a vast field to harvest.
According to Operation World, the state of Uttar Pradesh in India is one of the least-evangelized places in the world. Operation World experts say, "This single state of India probably represents the most intense concentration of unevangelized people and groups in the world, and thereby the greatest mission challenge."
A recent census says 579 of the state's 613 people groups have no Christians at all.
The church in the state of Punjab in India is growing a little faster. 60 percent of people in the state still follow the Sikhism, but believers are growing in number. One Bibles for the World missionary recently reported baptizing over 100 new believers across Punjab in 2010.
Church growth is encouraging in Punjab, but still the majority of people are not following Christ. The light has further to spread.
Each state of India has its unique challenges, but Bibles for the World has taken up the plights of these two for now. In response to the darkness covering Uttar Pradesh and the need in Punjab, Bibles for the World is preparing to print 1.2 million copies of the Gospel of John in Punjabi and Hindi in 2011. The Word will be distributed across Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
Bibles for the World invites you to join them in this exciting effort to plant the seed of God's Word in these two states this year. Your financial and prayer support are most welcome. If you feel God calling you to be a financial part of this transformative year, click here.
Pray that these Gospels would reach the hearts of millions across the two states. Pray especially for Uttar Pradesh, that the number of people groups without believers would drop significantly in 2011, and that the powerful light of Christ would shine brightly across the entire nation.