Global University (GU) reaches out to people groups living in more than 150 countries of the world. This includes numbers of unreached people groups. The primary way GU reaches UPGs is through evangelism literature distribution, student outreach, and the globalreach.org website. Although certain UPGs may live beyond the reach of Western expatriate missionaries, they are not completely inaccessible. Printed tracts and literature can carry the good news of Jesus Christ into strongholds of spiritual darkness. The Internet easily penetrates physical barriers and provides access to the message of salvation. GU students often have access to places thought of as “closed” to traditional missionaries.
GU works with missionaries and nationals in many countries where UPGs exist, including Russia, China, India, Sri Lanka, Iran, Japan and Cambodia. GU courses have been translated into numerous languages, including Hindi, Urdu, Pashto, Farsi and Arabic. Below are two UPGs in India that can be reached through Global University.
The Kurmi of India
The vast majority of Kurmi are Hindus, although a small number of Buddhists and Jains are scattered among them. They are actually descendants of some of the earliest Aryan immigrants to India and have fairly light-colored skin. Found in all parts of India, the Kurmi form one of the lower castes due to their work in agriculture. In recent years, however, many modern Kurmi have become prosperous and educated.
Although the Jesus film, an online audio New Testament, and the entire Bible exist in the Hindi language, the more than 17 million known Kurmi remain virtually unreached. Many of Global University’s evangelism courses, eight Christian Life courses, 18 Christian Service courses, and seven undergraduate courses are available in Hindi.
The Chamar of India
India is home to certain outcast groups, called “Jati,” which do not qualify to be part of the well-known varnas (castes) in Hinduism. Chamars are one of the many outcast Jatis.
The Chamars make up 5 percent of India’s more than 1 billion population, but only 1 percent of Charmars have accepted Christianity. They live in the northern, central and western Indian states and speak the language of the states in which they live.
The foreignness of the gospel remains the primary reason for the struggle of Christian missions in India, but even the socioeconomic stratification within Indian Christianity has created barriers to reaching Chamars. However, Global University is changing the dynamics of missions in India by training lay believers of all classes and castes through courses indigenously translated into local languages. This process ensures that the responsibility to reach India primarily rests upon Indian believers. The recently launched India College of Ministry is poised to facilitate a movement driven by lay Christians and offer a unique opportunity to overcome caste barriers to reach the Chamars, among others, for Christ.