India is the prayer focus for Secret Church 16: A Global Gospel in a World of Religions. India is a vast country with diverse people and places. As we begin our focus on praying for India, here are a few quick facts you might not know.
- India is the world’s largest democracy. India takes pride in this status and goes out of the way to allow people to vote. In the state of Gujarat, a temple caretaker is the only voter from the Banej in Gir Forest and has a special polling booth set up just for him during each election.
- There are more post offices in India than anywhere in the world. Each post office serves an average population of just over 7,000 people.
- The peacock is the national bird. Often used in Indian folklore, the peacock is believed to symbolize grace, pride, and beauty.
- India is the largest vegetarian-friendly country in the world. Many Indians are vegetarian for religious reasons. About 20 to 40 percent of people are vegetarian in India.
- Three of the world’s top 10 megacities are found in India. The capital, Delhi, is the second largest in the world, followed by Mumbai at seventh, and Calcutta at tenth.
- English speakers abound in the country. India is one of the world’s largest English-speaking countries. English is one of the national languages in India and is taught in schools.
- India leads the world in mango production. More than 40 percent of the world’s mangoes come from India. The mango is India’s national fruit, and many different types of mangoes can be found in different regions of the country.
- The Indian flag has many symbols. The Indian flag has three stripes. The top stripe is saffron colored and represents courage and sacrifice. The white stripe stands for peace, unity, and truth, and the green stripe symbolizes faith and fertility. The center has a blue wheel with 24 spokes, which is called the Dharma Chakra, or “Wheel of Law.” The wheel is a Buddhist symbol that represents India’s continuing progress and the importance of justice.
- India has 1,469 people groups, and 1,245 of them remain unreached with the gospel. Of these peoples, 477 groups are labeled unreached and unengaged, meaning there is no one actively working to get the gospel to them.
Join us as we learn about and pray for the over 1 billion souls in India who need to know the saving grace of Christ. Stay tuned for more about India and how you can pray.