Bundled up after a cool night, this patron of a street vendor drinks his early morning chai (spiced tea) from a clay cup in Varanasi, India.
Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities dating back some 3,000 to 5,000 years. This city has had many names over years, including Kashi or Benares.
Each day thousands of Hindu believers flock to the Ganges River that flows through the city to bathe or offer prayers or offerings. Buddhists also venerate the city since Buddha is said to have preached his first sermon here, making Varanasi the birthplace of Buddhism.
With a population of more than 1 million people, there are relatively few Adventists in Varanasi and Global Mission pioneers working in the area have suffered beatings and been thrown into jail.
Major Languages: Hindi, English, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, and Urdu
Major Religions: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism
Population: 1.17 billion
Adventist Membership: 1.5 million
Adventist to population ratio: 1: 797
Throughout the world there are thousands of people and places that are still untouched by the Adventist message. Fund number 5200 will help provide the resources needed to reach into the most unreached areas of the world. Your support will take the gospel to people and places where an Adventist or in many cases even a Christian has never gone before.
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