Church Growth Soars in India Despite Persecution, Coronavirus Plague

Image depicts a church in Hyderabad, India. (Photo courtesy of Paul Silvan via Unsplash)

For the second year in a row, Open Doors ranks India 10th on the list of countries where it’s most challenging to be a Christian. “But even [amid] that persecution, God grows and strengthens his Church,” says David Reeves, President and CEO of unfoldingWord.

The resourcing ministry is celebrating unexpected good news from church planting partners in India. “During 2020 – the COVID year – they’ve planted more churches than all the 25 years of their ministry work there,” Reeves says.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people coming to Christ, and house churches are popping up all over the place because of that.”

As described here, unfoldingWord supports national believers so they can translate God’s Word into their language. “They’re tired of waiting [for a translation]; they’re trying to do it themselves, and we provide tools [and] resources to help them,” Reeves explains.

In India, Church leaders want to establish their churches in sound doctrine but lack access to Bible translations in their languages. By equipping these leaders with biblical resources and training, unfoldingWord empowers them to translate the Bible with excellence and efficiency in every language that needs one.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Ask the Lord to give believers in India strength and courage. Pray for His strength and protection over them as they boldly share His good news.
  • Pray for wisdom for unfoldingWord as it supplies its church planting partners with tools and resources for church-centric Bible translation.

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