During my time in India, I had the opportunity to visit the city of Agra on my way to the village of my language teacher. Agra is a city on the banks of the Yamuna river in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is 128 miles south of Delhi, the city we lived in. Agra is the fourth-most populous city in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Agra is a major tourist destination because of its many Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
People of Agra are warm, calm, and very cooperative. This majestic city is a home of diversified people from different beliefs. The residents of Agra have adopted a contemporary style of dressing and lifestyle. The men wear trousers and shirts and women wear traditional wears.
Population from last census 2011: 1,585,704, the whole metro area of. Agra is about 1.8 million people.
Because 80 percent of the city’s sewage flows into Yamuna River, it is 20th most polluted city in India. Agra can also refer to the administrative district that has its headquarters in Agra city.
Agra features a semiarid climate that borders on a humid subtropical climate. The city features mild winters, hot and dry summers and a monsoon season. However, the monsoons, though substantial in Agra, are not quite as heavy as the monsoon in other parts of India. This is a primary factor in Agra featuring a semiarid climate as opposed to a humid subtropical climate.
Hindus – 80.68%
Muslim – 15.37%
Christian – 0.42%
Jains – 1.04%
The Muslim population in Agra has been steadily increasing, while the rest of the religious communities have shown a marked decline in numbers. Most of the Muslims live in the old city area. The rural areas of Agra, Hindus are the dominant religion.
Havelock Memorial Church, built in honor of one of the British generals of the Indian Mutiny of 1857, is situated in the army cantonment area at Agra. The Havelock Chapel has been erected by voluntary subscriptions, and bears the name of Sir Henry Havelock, who built the first Baptist chapel in Agra in 1832. This memorial chapel was built in 1873 by the exertions of the Baptist missionary at present stationed in Agra, the Rev. Gelson Gregson. The chapel, including furniture, has cost 12,000 rupees, and is one of the most complete soldiers’ chapels in India.
Unfortunately, today even though there are some Christian churches in the area, there are no Baptist churches that I know of.
With nearly no Christians (99.58% non christians) and virtually no gospel witness we need someone to decide to spend their lives in reaching the people of Agra. There is a great need both in the city and in the hundreds of villages that surround Agra. Would you consider spending your life reaching the 1.8 million lost souls of Agra?