Flood of Converts Catches Indian Church Off Guard

The Nov. 4 Dalit rally in India that saw thousands of Dalits (often called "untouchables") renounce Hinduism may be the start of a huge "problem" facing the church. K. P. Yohannan of Gospel for Asia, who just returned from India, says many are coming to Christ, but the church isn't ready for it. "While the mission world has concentrated on evangelism, very little has been done in terms of training people to be pastors-developing new converts to become mature in Christ."

Yohannan says scores of Indian people are searching for answers that can only be found in Christ, and prayer is essential. "This is God's timing for these people, and the devil is fighting very hard." "We are looking on the face of possibly huge persecution and martyrdoms in the days to come, and we need much prayer."