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"Brother B," a leader of more than 30 churches and fellowships in northeastern India, serves as a program director for one of VOMC's International Ministry partners. VOMC recently received a report informing that the trial of this Christian ministry leader, who has been imprisoned since mid-October, was finally scheduled to take place this week.

Since the court had been awaiting a police report, the trial was delayed multiple times. According to the ministry leader's family members, the police were unable to find any evidence to support the accusations against "Brother B." (A lack of substantial evidence was the primary factor in the court delays.) At last report, the trial was set to take place on November 28th; however, we have yet to receive information regarding the outcome.

The mounting challenges experienced by religious minorities in India make it very difficult for believers to reach out to those residing in their communities who are desperately in need of humanitarian help and hope. Representatives from 21 countries, along with human rights groups, have recently issued calls for India's governing officials to improve religious freedoms within the country. In particular, critics have raised concerns over the increase in violence, hate speech and anti-conversion laws that are targeting vulnerable minority groups. For more information on the persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters in India, go to our country report.

Remember to lift up "Brother B" in your prayers, asking the Lord to give him peace and strength as he now deals with the outcome of the recent trial. Pray that if any charges have been made against him, they will be dropped and that he will be permitted to continue his ministry activities without hindrance or further threat of arrest and imprisonment. Please also prayerfully uphold other Christians throughout India who are experiencing oppression – whether it be from their families, community members, local authorities and/or officials of the state.

Current Ministry Projects

In addition to providing persecuted Christians legal support and rehabilitation assistance, VOMC cares for children of martyrs by ensuring they have a safe home in which to be nurtured both physically and spiritually. VOMC also partners to equip Christians in India with Biblical training and offers specialized ministry to further strengthen and support marginalized, persecuted Christian women.

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

Country Information


1,339,330,514 (July 2021 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)

President Ram Nath Kovind (2017)

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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