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India: Sideras Children’s Home Update

In the summer of 2008 radical Hindus went on a rampage against Christians in the eastern India State of Orissa (Now known as Odisha) and killed dozens of Christians, burned and destroyed hundreds of churches and houses. The violence was sparked by a false claim that Christian’s killed a Hindu monk. The results of the attacks left more than 50,000 people homeless. VOM Canada’s Greg Musselman spoke to a Christian leader from another part of the country to offer help and support more than a decade ago, especially for the vulnerable children.

Date: November 5, 2020
Length 2:30
From The Voice of the Martyrs Canada

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VOMC assists persecuted Christians with legal support and rehabilitation assistance, and cares for children of martyrs by providing them with a safe place to be nurtured physical and spiritually. VOMC also partners to equip Christians in India with Biblical training, and works to strengthen and support marginalized and persecuted Christian women.”

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Legal Defense, Relief and Development, Women’s Ministry

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
1,326,093,247 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Indo-Aryan (72), Dravidian (25), Mongoloid and other (3)

Religion (%)
Hinduism (79.8), Muslim (14.2), Christianity (2.3), Sikh (1.7), other (2)

Leader
President Ram Nath Kovind

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Based on English common law; separate personal law codes apply to Christians, Hindus and Muslims.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for India

Despite the intimidation and violence that have taken place in many of India's states, may Christians wisely yet unashamedly preach the Gospel. Pray that indigenous Christians and foreign missionaries will minister in ways that do not hint at fraudulent conversions, unmasking the intentions behind the anti-conversion legislation. Intercede for India's leaders, that they may reign with justice and righteousness.

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