COVID-19 has left a sense of uncertainty, insecurity, and fear in all communities around the world. Jesus’s words on the separation that can come between the members of a family (cf. Luke 12:52–53) eerily apply to various situations where contracting this disease brings the fear of being disowned by your very own. At the end of 2020, India had the second largest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, after the United States. A glimmer of hope lies in the discovery of a truly effective vaccine that would control this
disease, but will it be able to protect people from new strains of the virus found in the United Kingdom and South Africa? In a situation like this, we need to reaffirm God’s sovereignty and his care for his creation and for his church. In this reflection, we will look at the response of the church in India to the pandemic. Before we do that, it is important to grasp certain basics about India.