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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Lingayats Threatened as Baptists Target Community for Conversion

Source: Baptist Press News
Dec 2, 2005

According to a recent report by BP News, a website of the fanatic Southern Baptist Christian sect, their missionaries claim to have been successfully targetting the Hindu Lingayats for conversion.

The 15-million Lingayats, also called the Veera Shaiva community, are a deeply spiritual vegetarian Hindu sect predominantly concentrated in Karnataka state and parts of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

According to Marty Hunter, a Southern Baptist strategy coordinator focused on evangelizing the Lingayats to the Christian gospel, “In our day, we are seeing a new response to Christ from the Hindu [Lingayats].”
The website adds: ' When Marty and Jodi Hunter decided to accept responsibility for taking the gospel to India’s Lingayat people, other Christian workers didn’t offer them much hope of success. In 1997, researchers could count only 800 Christians and no churches among the Lingayats.

“People discouraged us, saying the [Lingayats] were hard-hearted, that the [proselytization] would be fruitless,” Hunter said. “Today we’re looking at about 3,000 [converts] -– most of them people who have come to [Christianity] in the past two years.”

The number of Lingayat [converts] is growing so rapidly that Hunter believes they will see 18,000 [converts] in 1,000 house churches by 2006.'

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