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India: Living for Christ


Romans 12 in Action
Jesus commanded His followers to “go into all the world” to preach the Good News (Mark 16:15). He knew it would not always be easy. In Romans 12:9-21, the apostle Paul offers guidance to those who want to follow Christ, whatever the cost. Read below about some people in India who followed the Bible’s instructions.

Be patient in tribulation (Romans 12:12)
Two years ago, about 1,500 Bible college graduates met together in Rajasthan, India. The Bible students knew the cost of following Jesus in their state and country. Reports say that radical Hindus in the state of Rajasthan have said they want to get rid of all the Christians in the area. The students stood side by side and made a pledge. Here is part of the pledge:

  • I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my hands to serve all mankind.
  • I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my feet to spread the gospel to all the ends of the earth, no matter the cost.
  • I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my lips by proclaiming the Good News to all who hear.
  • I surrender this body on earth to the perfect will of Jesus, and should my blood be spilled, may it bring forth a mighty harvest of souls. As a soldier of the cross, I stand with the apostle Paul in stating that, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

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Grace & Jay: The Cost of Standing Firm


(The following story is a true story. The names of the people in the story are not their real names. Three Indian children about their age are shown in the photo.)

Grace, age 10, and Jay, age 7, are a brother and sister in a very large city in India. Their father, Thomas, is a Christian pastor.

Grace and Jay’s family are “Dalits.” In the past, Dalits were called “untouchables.” Untouchables are the lowest class of people in India’s Hindu caste system. The caste system ranks families into social classes. Today the caste system is illegal, but Dalits still often suffer from poor treatment by Hindus in higher castes. A Christian in India said, “Christians have no caste; we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.”

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India: Attacks on the Rise


Prakash and the Bull
Prakash is a Hindu farmer in India. Hindu teachings tell of many gods, even though Hindus may believe in one main god. Hindus have great respect for idols of Hindu gods.

Prakash did not always behave well. Sometimes he drank a lot of liquor and got drunk. He attended Christian worship services from time to time. Perhaps he was looking for the truth and for answers to his problems.

One day, a stray bull wandered into Prakash’s field. Prakash threw a rock at the bull to scare it away. But Prakash was drunk, and he missed the bull. Instead he hit a Hindu idol standing at the edge of his field.

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New Delhi is the capital of India.

India is one of the largest countries in the world, in both area and population. More than 1 billion people live there.

Main Languages
Hundreds of languages are spoken in India. Hindi is a main language.

At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 5:30 p.m. in India.

Interesting Fact
Indian giant squirrels have tails that are about 2 feet long. The main part of their body is a little over a foot long. The squirrels can jump about 20 feet.

India became an independent country in 1947. Britain ruled India before that time. Most Indians believe everyone in India should be free to practice their religious beliefs. However, in recent years, extreme Hindus have become more powerful. They would like India to be more influenced by Hindu ways and beliefs.

More than 900 million people in India follow the Hindu religion.

Christians in many places in India are mistreated because of their faith in Christ. The persecutors know they are less likely to get punished in areas where radical Hindus are in power. Hindus accuse Christians who help the poor and needy of trying to “bribe” or “force” people to become Christians. They also attack pastors who have led Hindus to Christ. In some states of India, Hindus are trying to get the government to pass laws that will make it harder for Christians to help people.