FRUIT OF INDIA
WHO WE ARE
Our work began in 2004 when our founding evangelist, an Indian born into a Hindu family, came to know Christ and started sharing the Gospel with people he met in his village and the surrounding areas in his state in Northern India. By 2008, he had planted three house churches. In 2013, the Lord led a Westerner he had met on a mission trip four years earlier to support him financially and together they established the present-day projects of "Fruit of India". While financial support from overseas enables us to fund the initiatives we have started in various villages and towns, all of the day-to-day work of sharing the Gospel, discipleship and establishing house churches is done by indigenous, local "church-planting evangelists" who come from and live in the communities and region they serve.
WHERE WE WORK
At present, our work is concentrated in the North Indian state of Haryana, which borders the Indian capital of Delhi. Out of India's 36 states and territories, Haryana has the 4th lowest Christian population, at just 0.2%. Our focus is on the remote villages and towns away from the big cities, where there is no established church and no witness of the Gospel. Official figures state 3.5% of India's population is Christian. Those who follow Christ face high levels of persecution. Members of our own house churches have been beaten and disowned for their faith.
Between 2013 and 2014, our first year of operating our projects, we saw 13 new house churches established. But this growth rate has slowed, as increasingly, we have seen that we have not had the financial capacity to mobilise the numbers of evangelists needed to meet the great demand for the Gospel we are witnessing. We currently have groups of people in 73 new villages and towns who are waiting for us to send a church-planting evangelist to visit them regularly! New people are joining the house churches weekly and cases where the Gospel is rejected are few. There seems to be an insatiable desire among the people to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We know that many missionaries such as "Praying John Hyde" have sown their prayers, sweat and very lives into India in previous centuries and understand that what we see today in the field is the fruit of their sacrifice. For decades missionaries in many parts of India have despaired of their efforts and it has proven a complex ethnic ground to break, owing in part to its more than 2,300 different unreached people groups. But that is changing. China has been the great revival story of the last 30 years, but there are reports that India is the new China, with the potential to be home to more Christians than China within the next decade. Our experience in the field certainly supports such bold projections.
There are currently 25 brothers in the house churches who have taken up the call of Christ to consecrate their lives to the sharing of the Gospel and establishment of His church, no matter the cost or personal risk to their lives. It is only a lack of finances that hinders them. Our desire is to ensure that we not only meet the current demand for the Gospel we see all around us, but that we are diligent and faithful in fulfilling the vision the Lord has given us to "feed the spiritually hungry" in every state and province He leads us to throughout India so that the fullness of the harvest may come in.
FRUIT OF INDIA
FRUIT OF INDIA