Hinduism is experiencing a revival in India, and religious intolerance is on the increase. Hindu nationalists, who claim that every Indian has to be Hindu, continue to push their ‘Hindutva’ ideology through political parties, such as the BJP, which has strong support in the media. ‘Anti-conversion laws’ have been adopted in five states, and are frequently used as a pretext to disrupt church services and harass Christians. Pastors are frequently beaten up or killed, church buildings destroyed, and converts forced to flee their homes. Despite this, the church is growing, particularly among the lower castes.
- In some states it is virtually impossible to get permission to build or renovate a church building. Pray for wisdom and perseverance for church leaders in dealing with the authorities.
- Christians cannot count on fair treatment and are discouraged from claiming their rights. Pray that the government will ensure justice for the Christian minority.
- That biblical training, literacy and livelihood programs run by Open Doors will help to strengthen the church.