An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by "allurement" and "brainwashing."
The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare group in Karnataka state, has filed a complaint to senior police officials in the district of Mysore, seeking "protection" of the tribal culture, according to The Hindu daily.
The group has alleged that Christian missionaries had for years been promising the aboriginal people that their troubles would end if they accepted Christianity. The conversions can be attributed to "brainwashing" efforts by missionaries, it claimed. more >>
The parents of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar have been found guilty of her murder and that of family servant Hemraj Banjade. The couple, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been sentenced to life in prison for the double murder.
Aarushi was found at home with her throat slit and a serious head wound in May 2008; her parents initially tried to blame the servant, Banjade, but his body was found on the roof of the family home the very next day.
"Parents are the best protectors of their own children," Judge Shyam Lal said when reading his verdict. "That is the order of human nature but there have been freaks in the history of mankind where the father and mother become the killer of their own progeny." more >>
Editor's note: The following is part two of a two-part interview with Prabhu Singh Vedhamanickam, Ph.D, a missions scholar well-known in both the U.S. and India as a trainer of missionaries to India and the world. According to Dr. Prabhu Singh, relationships in the global church can be strained when short-term and resident missionaries from wealthy nations don't confront wrong notions they have about Christianity in the world. He asserts attempts to partner have sometimes gone awry, producing hurt and separation, and argues it's time we come together.
Q: What is the appropriate role of American Christians and churches in participating and partnering with Indian Christians and mission agencies?
A: In my opinion, the role of the American church should be a complimentary one, rather than a frontline one. There are many different avenues to work with the poor in India, serve through business endeavors, facilitate training in some needy areas, etc. Financial assistance is also good, as long as it is done in a way that does not lead to dependency and control. Above all, I think the best role would be prayer. That's a major role for both sides. We need to be praying for one another. more >>
The crew of a flight in India were in for the shock of their lives when they found $1.1 million in gold bars in the plane bathroom.
The plane was a Jet Airways Boeing 737 that had just landed in Kolkata, and was then to fly out to Patna. In between the flights, two people cleaning out the plane made the discovery in a toilet compartment in the lavatory.
"The cleaning staff of the airport were going through their routine duties and found two bags in the toilets of the plane," airport director BP Sharma said to NBC News reports the NY Post. "It was quite a surprise." more >>
Editor's note: The following is part one of a two-part interview with Prabhu Singh Vedhamanickam, Ph.D, a missions scholar well-known in both the U.S. and India as a trainer of missionaries to India and the world. According to Dr. Prabhu Singh, relationships in the global church can be strained when short-term and resident missionaries from wealthy nations don't confront wrong notions they have about Christianity in the world. He asserts attempts to partner have sometimes gone awry, producing hurt and separation, and argues it's time we come together.
Intro by Ruth Burgner, who interviewed Dr. Prabhu Singh, for The Mission Society.
American Christians go to India. They see extreme wealth side by side with incredible poverty. They return to the States and come up with a plan to "help India's poor." This happens a lot. But is this serving God's kingdom? more >>
Christian missionary groups in India are reportedly helping with the remarkable rise in Christianity in the second most populous country in the world, especially among young people as well as middle and high caste Indians.
"With more than 71 million claiming Christianity, India is now the eighth largest Christian nation in the world," said Dick McClain, president and CEO of The Mission Society, publisher of Unfinished. "Yet with 456 languages and more than 2,611 distinct people groups, India still has more people groups unreached with the gospel than any other nation – 88 percent of its population."
The rise of Christianity is detailed in the latest issue of Unfinished magazine, where The Mission Society, which recruits, trains and sends Christian missionaries around the world, details how the Gospel is creating a "new India." The missionary efforts are reportedly reaching new groups beyond the lower caste and marginalized communities, who traditionally have been the more likely to be open to Christianity. more >>