“Hard to Get Rid of the Church”
The population of Uttar Pradesh is about 204 million. If Uttar Pradesh were a country, it would be one of the top 10 most populated countries in the world.
But Uttar Pradesh is not a country; it’s one of India’s states.
What Would You Do?
About 80 percent of the people in Uttar Pradesh are Hindus. The number of Christians is increasing, and some of the churches in Uttar Pradesh have as many members as some churches in the United States. But the persecution of Christians is also increasing.
Radical Hindus have attacked pastors and burned down churches. Some churches began meeting in tents, but enemies tore down the tents.
What would you do if you belonged to a church in Uttar Pradesh that was attacked? Would you keep building churches or setting up tents that might be torn down? Would you stop going to church? What do you think some Indian Christians are doing?
Some of the churches started meeting outside! “When you can just meet under the trees, it’s hard to get rid of the church!” an Indian pastor said. “Now we are not bound by a building.”
To Talk About
*What would be some good things about meeting outside?
*What would the hardest part of meeting outside?
*Are there any items inside a church that are absolutely necessary for holding a church service?