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India bans six Christian groups from accepting foreign funds

Amid another crackdown on foreign aid, India has canceled six Christian organisations’ licenses to receive donations from outside the country in a move some say is little more than a “shakedown” by the Hindu nationalist party.


According to a report from UCA News, New Life Fellowship Association, Evangelical Churches Association of Manipur, Ecreosoculis North Western Gossner Evangelical, and Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church have all had their licenses cancelled under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).  

John Prabhudoss, chairman of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organisations of North America, told The Christian Post that two additional Christian charities — Rajnandgaon Leprosy Hospital and the Don Bosco Tribal Development Society — also lost their licenses to accept foreign funds. 

Without these licenses, the Christian organisations will be unable to legally receive donations from outside India, hindering their ability to carry out their  ministries to spread the Gospel.

In 2017, Compassion International, a U.S.-based Christian organisation that sponsored more than 100,000 impoverished children in India, was forced to stop its operations after its FCRA license was cancelled “on suspicion of engaging in religious conversion.”


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