Y4K in India
India is a predominantly Hindu nation where Christians are a minority of the population. As a result, there is a lot of persecution directed towards Christians.
On our visit in 2010, we met a number of believers in the state of Orissa. Besides hearing the many testimonies of how Christians were attacked and tortured by Hindu extremists, we were shocked to find out that there were only a few Bibles left amongst the people of Orissa. This led us to start a Bible Project in order to bring the Word of God to Orissa. Since then, with the Lord’s help and guidance, we were able to complete and exceed the goal of distributing 5000 Bibles in 2018.
Transportation is one of the biggest hindrances in spreading the Gospel to the over 400,000 unreached villages in India. A bicycle, which can be purchased for $100, provides a cheap, efficient means of transportation with little maintenance costs. Y4K sponsored the purchase and helped distribute hundreds of bicycles to pastors and missionaries in specific regions of the country.
The plight of specific social groups is well publicized by various organizations over the Internet. The general consensus is that the women and children are suffering the most (see above reference). Y4K is partnering with local ministers to provide aid and spiritual support for the widows and orphans during every trip. We are supporting initiatives to train widows in the sowing trade and provide them with the sowing machines with the goal to help them become self-supporting.
Another essential need is the education of children. The literacy level is 62%, and the children most affected by the lack of education are from the lower castes. Also the orphans left from Christian families have no support. We sponsor their schooling and soon will build an orphanage.