India’s Latest Coronavirus Wave Wipes Out Christian Leaders

Image depicts a medical camp last year in rural India. (Photo courtesy of Bibles For The World)

New COVID-19 infections are declining in the United States, but they’re picking up everywhere else. Globally, there have been nearly as many new cases in the past week as the first five months of the pandemic. India holds most of the caseload.

“The spike in India is very, very real. We’ve seen over a million new cases in the last three days; more than 2 million in the last week, and the death rate has climbed incredibly high,” Bibles For The World’s John Pudaite says.

“The hospitals are way beyond overflowing. You’ve got three people in a bed, people lined up on the ground outside of hospitals hoping to get a bed; there’s no capacity,” he continues.

“It is a very, very serious situation for the country, and especially for the body of Christ in India.”

In a nation filled with rampant Hindu nationalism, Bibles For The World trains Christian leaders at Bible colleges. BFTW Seed Sowers’ Seminars train leaders to evangelize and equip new believers for church planting efforts in under-reached regions.

“There are over 125 significant church leaders that have passed due to COVID, or are in critical condition in ICU right now. This is going to create a tremendous vacuum in the body of Christ,” Pudaite says.

“We don’t have that many leaders across the country as a whole. We’re going to be facing some tough challenges in the years ahead.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask the Lord to comfort the families of COVID-19 victims.
  • Pray for strength and endurance for Christian medical workers.
  • Pray God will raise a new generation of Gospel leaders in India.