India is where it all began! Here, we come alongside local leaders all throughout India in 11 states and three union territories. We directly support the work of about 30 followers of Jesus on the mainland (not including Andaman Islands or Kashmir) who are reaching their people for Christ through childcare and education, pastor training, women’s business empowerment programs, disaster relief, and more.
Nearly one in five people on earth live in this diverse country – India has 121 languages spoken by 10,000 or more people, and its geography ranges from the Himalayas to dry deserts to tropical rainforests and everything in between. Not only is it home to the largest Hindu population in the world, it is also home to the third-largest Muslim population.
Through conferences and pastor training courses, Harvest Bridge has trained several thousand Indian church leaders. In 2020, more than 500 men and women began following Jesus, and 374 were baptized. In 2020 amidst the pandemic, nearly 1,700 families – about 8,500 people – who suffered tremendously due to COVID-19 lockdowns received food and sanitation relief items. 650 children were educated through night schools run by pastors and church volunteers. 15 children received monthly sponsorship, enabling their families to afford keeping them at home instead of sending them to an orphanage. 14 men and women received job training or micro-investments for their small businesses. Although the ability to plant new physical churches was next to impossible with lockdowns, dozens of new online Bible studies began. About 150 pastors received education through two Bible schools, and 60 believers completed lay church ministry training throughout the country.
Population: 1.35 billion
Religion: Hindu 79.8%, Muslim 14.2%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh and other 3.7%
Persecution Watch List Country Ranking: 10
Leadership Information: Our India Director oversees HB’s network of partners in India. For over 40 years, he has helped plant dozens of churches and has led pastor training and discipleship programs throughout South Asia.