Indian Christians Facing Rising Threats

Christians in India are facing horrific levels of violence inspired by intolerance against Christianity. On August 21st, “Prasanna Kumar” (whose name has been changed for security reasons) was attacked and brutally beaten by 10 men for nearly 2 hours in Uttar Pradesh. He was accused of forcibly converting people to Christianity. The men pulled Pastor Kumar from his motorcycle and threw him to the ground, where they relentlessly kicked and beat him with wooden clubs.  They also promised to kill him if he ever returned to the village.

In another Indian state, Badaguda, Odisha state, followers of traditional tribal religions have blamed the prayers of Christians for driving away their gods. One village headman told a pastor, “When you pray, our gods leave us. So you must stop praying. We will not let you conduct prayers inside the village.” The Christians had to erect a temporary shelter for worship outside the village, but it was later destroyed and the church members beaten. These Christians were accused of “disturbing the peace” and threatened with arrest should they continue to gather for worship.

Pray for Pastor Kumar and many other Christians who are facing persecution because of their faith in Christ. Pray that they will receive both physical and emotional healing, and be strengthened in the Lord.

Pray that the Lord will strengthen and protect His followers as they rebuild their Christian communities, share their stories of faith, and encourage others who have experienced the trauma of persecution.

Pray against discrimination and intolerance towards Christians and that justice will prevail in every case where our brothers and sisters were falsely accused.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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