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Virtual reality brings India mission challenge home to UK Church

Mission India have introduced some groundbreaking technology in their bid to communicate the need for the UK Church to support church planting in India.

The technology, which utilises a smartphone and a virtual reality headset, immerses users in the sights and sounds of Indian life, helping share the vision to reach the 400 million people in the country who have still never heard the gospel.

Mission India have been working from the UK for more than 17 years and have offices in the US. They work to create partnerships with British churches and individuals to provide the financial resources and prayer support for projects in India.

The agency have seen many churches planted on the subcontinent and provide training to those leaders to help sustain and grow the churches long term.

Mission India UK Director Andy Milligan (pictured) says “For many years, we have come alongside churches and missions in every corner of India, equipping them to do the work God has called them to, so the churches they plant are theirs. But the challenge can often be communicating the vision and the immense need to the UK public in a clear and compelling way.

“Since we’ve introduced the VR technology, we have seen a huge increase in engagement and clarity about what we do and how people can get involved.”

The VR video experience is introduced by presenters Josh Williams and Sam Barsar and takes viewers on a tour of various cities across India, before introducing some of the specific projects Mission India are working with. The headsets are being used at events, conferences, and individual churches and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Milligan continues, “We knew that if our supporters and those interested in our work could see the people and the contexts in which we work, they would realise the need to support our Indian mission partners in the physical, emotional, and social challenges they face.

“A third of the nation have not yet heard the gospel message, and that makes India the largest unreached nation on earth. Our hope is that by using this technology we can inform and encourage the UK church to support the work going on in the subcontinent more effectively and see more people come to Christ.”

Mission India work with Indian missions partners, all of whom are Indian nationals and provide Children’s Bible Clubs, adult literacy classes, and train church planters in how to establish and grow church communities.

Church Planters engage in a year of in‐depth training on‐location with a mix of classroom instruction and supervised fieldwork.

To invite the team to your church, and experience the Virtual Reality tour of India for yourself, contact mission@missionindia.org.uk to book your date today.

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