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August 1997
India

Missionary Spotlight – India

History Civilizations were known in the Indus valley from the earliest times. In A.D. 700 Buddhism was driven out of India by Hinduism and in A.D. 712 Arab invasions of the Indus valley began. There has been perennial conflict between Hindus and Muslims ever since. By the eighteenth century India consisted of 562 princely states ruled by Indian princes or Maharajas. In 1505 the first European (Portuguese) trading contacts were established. In 1600 Britain formed the East India Company and from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries Great Britain progressively subjugated and annexed the various states of India. In 1857 anti-British feeling led to the...

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August 1997
India

Missionary Spotlight – India

Report from Madras Andrew Smithhas reported on a recent visit to Tamil Nadu in south India, where he spent some time with Tamil Baptist churches in an area near Madras. Young people in the churches were observed to be spiritually alert and grappling with issues similar to those faced by their contemporaries in the West – such as worldliness, trends in worship and relationships. Several of them had known great hardship since they were converted, including being shunned by Hindu parents and cut out of the family business. The churches have been active in evangelism near to their own areas and some new churches have...

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August 1997
India

Missionary Spotlight – India

Over 1,200,000 square miles. Bounded by China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. To the north there are the Himalayan mountains and in the plains the great rivers of Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra. India, with over 900 million people, is predicted to overtake China soon as the world’s most populous country. Capital: New Delhi; twenty cities with over one million people, including Calcutta, Bombay, Madras and Bangalore. Great ethnic and linguistic diversity exists; ten languages are spoken in Bombay alone. There has been much industrial development since the 1960s but most people work on the land. Nearly half the population are in deep poverty....

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