Christianity in India is growing fast
Though the Christian church in India goes back to the time of St. Thomas the Apostle, church growth in India has been slow until now. India is predominately Hindu (74%), with some Muslims (20%) The truly exciting thing is that the percentage of Christians has increased substantially from 2.5% a decade ago to about 5.8% today. That represents a huge increase in the growth rate. Because of how religious affiliation is recognised – a convert from Hinduism to Christianity is still officially recognised as a Hindu until they have undergone a lengthly and costly legal process of re-registering as a Christian – the true number of Christians is likely to be a lot higher. Indeed, in Nagaland Province, 90.2% of the population are Christian!
Simon Haq is, first and foremost an evangelist and has seen many thousands come to faith in Jesus Christ. He has planted many churches and has a gift for encouraging community and fellowship among Christians. He first met James in 1997, when James was teaching in Dehra Dun. Simon, who was considering a potential call from God to become a pastor at the time, twas impacted by that teaching and took this as confirmation of God’s call. He took the teaching from that meeting and used it to launch a church. Thirteen years passed before James heard from him again, when Simon invited him to come back to India. James responded and the Network in India was born!