India: The Statistical Center of Gravity

Sam Rainer

September 20, 2007

Before I was called into the ministry, I worked for a commodities firm trading power and natural gas for large industrial end-users. During my tenure at the company, I was placed on a team overseeing some of the technological advances we would introduce to our clients. We ended up outsourcing a good portion of the work to a company in India. They would build the system overnight; we would come in the next morning and double-check their work.

During this process, I interacted with several people from the country, mainly via email and conference calls. Though I didn’t build any real relationships, it opened my eyes to a massive trend in the corporate world: outsourcing technology departments oversees to India,

Reading this article opened my eyes further. According to recent research, India is the statistical center of gravity for those that have never heard the good news message of Jesus Christ.

“Statistical center of gravity” is a demographic term referencing the global point where an equal number of a people live to the north, south, east and west. India is that point for the unreached population of the world.

This article also revealed that 86 percent of the world’s Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists don’t personally know a Christian.

So the next time you call your bank, credit card, mortgage company, or any other call center, remember that India is the bulls-eye for the world’s lost. Remember that the person holding the other end of the phone may be talking to a Christian for the first time. Remember that this may be the only opportunity for them to hear the gospel. Perhaps you might find yourself winning someone to Christ a world away.

4 comments on “India: The Statistical Center of Gravity”

  1. kdb1411 says:

    I learned something new in this entry. What an eye-opener.

  2. Shirley says:

    Over the years, we’ve had lots of computer and internet problems, and invariably are “sent” to India. You’re right. It is a splendid opportunity to let the joy of Christianity shine through–although I must admit under those trying circumstances, it may be quite a challenge.


    Shirley Buxton

  3. Tboss says:

    Are you sure Indiana is not the center?

  4. Sam Rainer says:

    Tboss – we Hoosiers live in the crossroads of America, which I hope will become the bellwether state for revival!

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