Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Recent Growth In India

Over the past couple years the growth of the Church in India has accelerated in areas where there has been little growth in the past. The vast majority of the members continue to reside in the southern portion of the country in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Coimbatore. However, the most rapid growth in terms of new congregations is occurring in New Delhi and the far eastern portion of the state of Andhra Pradesh.

The New Delhi India District only had two branches as of two years ago and today has five. The India New Delhi Mission continues to open new areas to missionary work around New Delhi and to administer to other countries within its boundaries. Baptisms have occurred in all of the countries covered by the India New Delhi Mission in the past year.

In 2001 there was only one branch of the Church in far eastern Andhra Pradesh located in the city of Rajadmundry. Today there are six branches in this region, the most recent of which was organized last Sunday. Three of the branches are in the city of Vishakhapatnam, two in Rajadmundry, and one in Kakinada. I think that a new district in Vishakhapatnam is highly likely as well as a district in Coimbatore in the south.

There are still no stakes in India but members are preparing for stakehood, especially in Bangalore and Hyderabad. I believe there are now 29 branches in India.

1 comment:

andrew said...

I don't think any baptisms have occured in Bhutan, That is supposed to be in that mission. I don't think there are any members there. By the way. There is a sister in my branch in Kuala Lumpur that is from East Timor. I actually do not know of any church presence there.