Northern India, the lost Tribe Jews community in this region began half a century after the British had converted most local people to Christianity in the late 1800’s. During this process, some of the inhabitants saw similarities with their own indigenous practices and came to believe they were descendants from two of the 10 Jewish tribes exiled from Israel in the 8th Century BC. Elders in a village in the Indian State on Mizoram claimed to have received a message from God in the early 1950’s instructing them that their true home was the biblical land of Israel. In a bid to return there, thousands of Christians all over Northern India and Chin State in Burma began converting to Judaism starting in the 1970’s. Today there are more than 7,000 Lost Tribe Jews in the region.