Missionary Supported by Metro Church of God Pastors K. M. Thankachen
Facts about MANIPUR**http://www.operationworld.org/country/indi/owtext.html
Population 2,526,000; 100 people/sq.km.
Scheduled castes 2%. Dalit (7) 2%.
Tribal or Adivasi (37) 34.4%. Chin-related (9 groups, Kuki, Thado, Paite, etc.) 375,000; Naga-related (5 groups, Tangkhul, Mao) 325,000; Mizo (2) 61,000.
1 Nearly all the Naga, Kuki-Chin and Mizo have become Christians in the 20th Century. Baptists (21 denominations) and Presbyterians predominate. Sadly, during the 1990s civil wars broke out between Naga, Kuki, Paite and also action against the government. These denominational and ethnic conflicts severely hamper outreach by Christians to Muslims and Hindus. Pray for full reconciliation, ethnic harmony and a humble, sanctified cooperation among all who claim to follow Christ. There are hundreds of Manipur missionaries serving cross-culturally today.
2 The challenges:
a) The Meitei have been Hindu for three centuries. They invented the game of polo. A strong nationalism and independence has made them more open to the gospel. There are over 10,000 Christians in nearly 100 churches. Growth has slowed because of recent hostilities. The Bible and the JESUS film are available for them.
b) Muslims and other immigrant groups are largely unreached. There are some churches among the Nepalis, but most are still Hindu.
c) Drug addiction and AIDS have become a major issue – of 60,000 drug addicts, 40,000 are HIV+, but government and NGO efforts are beginning to reduce the incidence.
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