Target Population: India is home to the largest youth population on earth. Of the 1.3 billion people that live in India, 72% are less than 35 years of age. This unreached people group will lead and shape the course of India over the next 20+ years - one of the largest populated nations on earth, and one of the most unreached and unengaged countries in the world. Investing in this initiative today will have a lasting impact for years to come.
There are around 300 million middle class Indians: The middle class in India are primarily young urbanites. They are the opinion makers, and hugely influential.
Historically, missions efforts in India have been targeted at the least influential segments of the population. Hence, Christians are still considered as marginalized. Strategically, we need to develop a Christian movement within the Middle Class and among Young Urbanites. This will result in an impact is sustainable – impacting a much larger community within the country of India.
Young urbanites in India are usually educated, prosperous and influential. These young people, by and large, do not and will not attend a “traditional” urban church. We have learned over the past 2-3 years that new forms of worship, fellowship, and discipleship will be needed to reach these young urbanites, coupled with large-scale leadership development.
CLC’s were first employed in rural Indian villages, but for an Urban setting, the CLC would need 1) meet the needs of urban youth, and 2) be situated where these urban youth tend to congregate. Many young graduates in large cities like Delhi find themselves not qualified to enter the "career world", as they lack basic computer and office skills. Recently, ASSI opened a Knowledge, Information, and Integrated Training (KIIT) Center near the International Airport in Delhi. The KIIT Center is our next-generation Urban Community Learning Center.
The location is crucial as there are colleges in this area with over 6000 young students. The airport area is also home to many young people employed by the airline industry. This center in Delhi has 1200 square feet of space and 12 computers that are used to train/equip these young people in basic computer skills. The young people trained at the KIIT center are 1) ready to contribute in a modern workplace environment, and 2) attractive first hires for many of the computer-literate companies located in the greater Delhi/Gurgaon area.
Our strategy is to make sure we provide long-term support for the current KIIT in Delhi, while at the same time expand and grow the KIIT model into Kolkata, Lucknow, and Varanasi.
To achieve our long term goal of a self-sustaining CPM across Northern India, reaching Urban Youth will be critical, as these are the future leaders of India. Our vision is to reach 100 million lost souls in North India by the year 2025.
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