Compassion International – U.S.-based Christian child sponsorship organisation – has announced that they plan to end their program in India next week. This is following an on-going crackdown by the country’s Hindu nationalist government on non-profits that receive foreign funds to stop conversions of Hindus to Christianity. They are the largest overseas contributor, transferring around $45 million per year.
According to a spokesman from the charity, the final day of operations will be marked on March 15 for the Colorado-based group in India. This decision will impact almost 147,000 babies, children and young adults who are currently registered in its child development programs, and 127 staff alike.
Bharatiya Janata Party – India’s governing Hindu nationalist – says that Compassion was funding religious conversions. However, according to The New York Times, the charity’s executives deny the allegation and say they were deprived of the opportunity to disprove the government’s claims.
A representative of India’s chief Hindu nationalist group said: “You think, ‘Wow, am I negotiating with the government or am I negotiating with an ideological movement that is fuelling the government?’” These political disputes are turmoil and are causing a lot of distress, confusion and frustration among other authority figures.
The charity has intentions to submit a briefing to the Trump administration, depicting the situation in detail so that some sort of action can be taken. This is a great idea and may offer a backbone of support and guidance.
Other Christian groups in India are also feeling uneasy and insecure about what the future holds, but all must remain calm and hold the faith.
All shall remember that in Acts 5:29 it says: “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” And rightly so.