Durg (Chhattisgarh, India)
Durg (English, Drug), a Mennonite Church congregation formerly in Madhya Pradesh and now in Chhattisgarh State (formerly Central Provinces), India. It is situated on the Bengal-Nagpur railway 25 miles (40 km) west-southwest of Raipur and about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Dhamtari. The center consisted of a bungalow for the missionaries and living quarters for the Christian workers, and a well-constructed chapel.
Durg was founded by Methodist Episcopal missionaries before 1900, but because of their enforced retrenchment after World War I they asked the American Mennonite Mission to take over the Durg field, comprising about 2,000 square miles with a population of about 350,000. The members of the Christian community living in the town and adjacent villages were formerly Methodist, but soon after the work was taken over in 1935, they were reorganized into a Mennonite church.
In this area, because of the intense evangelistic program of the missionaries and their Indian workers, Hindus accepted Christ and many more were open to the Gospel, although they were opposed by organized non-Christian forces. The congregation in 1954 numbered 157 members, besides about 50 children. J. Haider was the pastor.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 109-110. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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