Introduction...
Home to the Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Gradually annexed by the British East India Company from the early 18th century and colonized by the United Kingdom from the mid-19th century, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by widespread non-violent resistance. India consists of 28 states and 7 union territories with a parliamentary system of democracy. The Indian economy is the world's 11th largest economy and has the 4th largest purchasing power parity, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the world; however, it still suffers from poverty, illiteracy, corruption, disease, and malnutrition. India is a nuclear weapon state and has the 3rd largest standing army in the world. A pluralistic, multilingual and multiethnic society, India is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.
Geography...
India is the 7th largest country by geographical area, bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of
Bengal on the east, creating a coastline of 7,517 kilometers. It is bordered by Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and
Bangladesh and Burma to the east. All but the southern most tip and Sri Lanka is inside the 10/40 Window.
People...
India is the 2nd most populous country in the world with over 1.18 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Four major religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated here, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and shaped the region's diverse culture.
Left to Right: A Woman Walking a Cow in the Streets o Mumbai, A Hindu Holy Man Smoking a Chillum Pipe,
A Hindu Woman, The Gateway to India at Night, A Rabari Tribal Elder
Our Ministry...
In the world’s 2nd most populated country where only 2.3% is Christian, the need to raise up church leaders is enormous. In 1987, we began regional Teaching Seminars around Maharashtra State which have now consolidated into a singular Annual Pastors & Ministers Conference in Pune. We also conduct Women’s Conferences and Leadership and Ministry Teaching Seminars, working with various Bible Schools. Over the years, we have worked with orphanages and in 2006, we funded a well to deliver water to an entire village.
Left to Right: Bud & Mary Ann with Rebekah Kamble, Mark teaching at P&M Conference,
Mary Ann teaching, Conference Attendees, Women's Conference