In The Spotlight: Central India Christian Ministries

CICM responds to the needs of people in India and surrounding countries through outreach initiatives including providing medical care, disaster relief, shelter, food, education, training and more. It is through this ability to meet physical needs that the door is opened to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, bring hope to the hopeless, love the unlovable and freethose in bondage. CICM’s aim is to meet the spiritual and physical needsof those the Lord brings to us.

India borders Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bur- ma, China, Nepal and Pakistan. Due to its land mass and geographical lo- cation in the heart of the 10/40 Win- dow, India is of key significance when we think about answering the call to“Go and make disciples of all nations... .” (Matthew 28:19)
India is situated in southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
With one-sixth of the world residing there, India is one of the most popu- lous nations in world. Nearly 1.2 billion people are crammed into a space one-third the size of the U.S. Within this population 2,533 separate people groups are represented.

Out of these, 2,233 have never been exposed to the Gospel. Christians are by far the minority, constituting only 2.3% of the total population. Most Indians are Hindu, worshipping 330 million different gods.
Socially, the ancient Hindu caste system is still practiced throughout India. Under this system, people are assigned to a rank in a hierarchy of classes and this rank often limits their access to jobs, care and opportunity. Persecution is common for Indian Christians. Often, due to religiously fa- natic rebel groups, Christians are forced to renounce their religion in order to keep their homes and businesses and even their lives. As an example, in August 2008, Hindu extremists reacted violently to the murder of one of their leaders, leaving 110 Christians dead, at least 170 churches and 4,500 homes destroyed, and over 54,000 people displaced. The arrests, physical beatings and church attacks across India were innumerable. Since then, this anti-Christian violence has persisted, leaving hundreds of Christians ostracized and abused.

Thousands of lives have been touched by the still, small voice of Jesus Christ as He has worked through the founding family of CICM and theevangelists in India since the Mission’s inception in 1982. The work that’sbeen done has set a solid foundation on which CICM can grow and con- tinue to share the good news with countless more unreached people groups in India and surrounding countries. Join us.