India is a dynamic and growing country. With a population of 1.1 billion people, it is projected to have the largest population in the world sometime in the next 10-15 years, surpassing even China. On the positive side, the Indian economy has seen steady and significant economic growth for the last decade. Unfortunately, the country still faces significant overpopulation, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and ethnic and religious strife.
With over 800 million Hindus and 100 million Muslims, Christians are a clear minority in India, making up just 2.3 % of the population. In fact, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh (pronounced “Oo-ter Pruh-desh”), the number of believers totals less than 0.2% of population. This is where SeaCoast Grace is at work.
We believe that Christ wants us to take the gospel “to the ends of the earth.” To us, that means that everyone, everywhere, should have the opportunity to hear the truth about Jesus’ life-saving death and resurrection. With that in mind, we sponsor three church-planting teams in Uttar Pradesh that travel from village to village, starting churches. As soon as the churches are established, leaders are trained not only to pastor the church, but to go out and plant new churches themselves. Through this strategy, over 100 new churches have been founded across Northern India in the past few years – just through the efforts of these three teams! People who have never before heard about Jesus Christ are responding to the gospel.
Our church family has also reached out to Indian children who have lost their parents and/or suffered from abuse and neglect. Often, orphans have no one to care for them, and no hope for the future. Some of the fortunate ones find their way to the Little Flower Children’s Home high in the Himalayan Mountains. At Little Flower, they receive food, clothing, shelter and medical care thanks to monthly support from individual SCG attendees. As a result of the faithful generosity of SeaCoast Grace, the children are loved and cared for by a compassionate staff that teaches – and demonstrates – the love of Jesus Christ. Each child will grow up with the opportunity to break the cycle of abuse in their families and share the gospel with others in their community.
SCG attendees just like you have sponsored many of the children at Little Flower. In 2006, a team from SCG was able to visit the children and see their progress. It was a joyful, life-affirming experience.