|Population 1.2 billion|
|Unreached People Groups 2,365||Hindu 74%|
|Muslim 14%||Evangelical 2%|
The Republic of India is a vast and populous country in South Asia that touches three major bodies of water (the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal) and shares a land border with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. It is the seventh largest country by area and has the second largest population in the world (over 1.2 billion people). India has a wealth of history and culture, and it is home to the beginnings of four world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. India became an independent nation in 1947, having gained their independence from the United Kingdom after the non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi. The government of India is a federal constitutional republic, divided up into 28 states and 7 union territories. Though its economy is the tenth largest by nominal GDP and third largest by purchasing power parity (PPP), the financial disparity within India is evident through its widespread poverty and malnutrition, while corruption and even terrorism consistently blemish the Indian government.
Although India contains an extensive array of religions, it is traditionally and predominantly a Hindu nation. Almost three quarters of the people of India align themselves with Hinduism, filling the country with the worship of countless different false gods and idols. Islam is also a very significant religion among the Indian populace (14 percent), and India has the third most Muslims of any nation in the world. The country’s professing Evangelicals only comprise an estimated 2.2 percent of the population, and the churches have been greatly weakened by false doctrine and cults. With over 400 languages spoken and 2,365 entire people groups that are considered unreached with the Gospel, India can legitimately be argued as the greatest missionary challenge in the world.
Sources: Wikipedia, Joshua Project, and Operation World
Regions of India
Due to the number of missionaries we support in India, we have separated the country into the following regions: