As the Church faces accusations of using its social services for conversion, Sagar diocese in central India is training its workers to concentrate on the betterment of lives.
In a three-day training program that ended May 27, they were told that the diocese needs to be more focused and result oriented if it is to truly transform the lives of the poor. The training was aimed at program coordinators and leaders of over 600 self help groups, 500 of which are exclusively for women.
Davish Namdev, one of the 30 participants, declared the program a success and said “we could have done a better job had we got this training earlier.”
Hindu groups such as the Bharatiya Janata Party have frequently accused Christian groups of attempting to convert underprivileged people while performing social works.