Hosea 4:6 Teaching Ministry gladly supports the following two ministries in India. Both ministries have been vetted and have established forms of accountability. The directors of both ministries are Indian citizens and graduates of Christian seminaries. Steeven Veerapaneni, director of Vikasitha is a fellow graduate of Biola University. I personally know members of the university who have served in India at both these ministries. I currently serve on the American ministry team for Vikasitha Ministries and several members of our team have been to India and have stayed at the ministry facilities. India Village Ministries was founded and directed by Suresh and Roja Vemulapalli. Suresh has a Masters in Theology and a Ph.D. from Aberdeen University in Scotland, which is one of the best regarded theological institutions in the world. He and his wife began India Village Ministries in 2001, and have been serving the orphans, widows, and the poor in the surrounding villages.
Only 3 percent of the Indian population is Christian and the government has recently enacted reforms restricting the work of Christian evangelism and ministries in the country. They have made it difficult for the Indian Christians to preach the Word of God and to care for the needy. Please help these ministries to bring the Gospel to India, and to provide care and food for the Indian people by donating through the following links:
Pray for India
Christians in India are under increasing persecution by Hindu nationalists who want to purge India of other religions and beliefs. Americans are largely unaware of the persecution there due to the lack of reporting by the news media. Christians in India need support and prayers from not only Americans but all Christians in other countries. Below is a recent news article documenting the persecution in India.
Disturbing Uptick in Violence Against Christians in India, 5 More Believers Killed for Their Faith
07-30-2020 Tré Goins-Phillips, Faithwire
A young woman in the Khunti district of Jharkhand has become the fifth victim in a string of Christians killed in India because of their faith.
The woman, 25-year-old Suman Munda, was found dead on July 19 in a deserted place near her home, according to Vatican News. Just one month earlier, on June 24, another Christian, 27-year-old Ramji Munda, was killed outside a village in the Khunti district.
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Speaking out about Munda’s murder, Bishop Binay Kandulna said, “It is a matter of serious concern because the state witnessed a Christian man killed only last month in the same district.”
Faithwire managing editor Dan Andros spoke with Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs, who recounted stories of the murders of some of the believers.
“Persecution is on the rise all over India,” Nettleton said. “If it was one village or one state, and you could kind of say, ‘Yeah, things are really hard there, but look at these other places,’ but when you see people in four different states within such a span of time being killed, it really reflects the attitude and the atmosphere for Christians all over India.”
FAITHWIRE: Christian Persecution Is Nearing ‘Genocide Levels’
“They are under pressure,” he continued, “and the government — the national government — is led by Hindu nationalists, people who believe that Indian soil is Hindu soil, every person in India should be a Hindu.”
As a result of that overarching philosophy, the VOM executive explained to Andros, bad actors feel they can “get away with” these fatal persecutions of Christians.
As for Bishop Kandulna, he is calling for religious tolerance across India.
“Persons of faith,” he said, “are a creation of God and we have to respect all.” The bishop added, “Some vested interests groups are trying to target minorities in the state to spread hatred among various faiths who are otherwise peace-loving people.”
The killing of Christians in India is on the rise.
In 2019, Persecution Relief, a group dedicated to helping persecuted Christians in India, recorded 527 cases of persecution against Christians, compared to 447 cases in 2018.