Would You Still Follow Jesus?

If someone you treasured and loved dearly is shot dead, just because he or she believed in Jesus and has been actively and effectively sharing the gospel and leading others to Christ, would you still follow Jesus?

Pastor Munshi Devu Tado was leading a worship service for a small group on his property on July 10th when armed thugs approached him. The thugs first shook hands with Pastor Munshi, then tied his hands behind his back before leading him away on the pretext of wanting to talk to him.  A few minutes later, a gunshot was heard and Pastor Munshi was found dead on the ground and his attackers gone.

According to reports, opposing villagers had been upset about the growth of the church, as people were being converted from their tribal religion to Christianity. It is believed that the disgruntled villagers incited the thugs to kill the pastor.

The family has faced ongoing persecution since they came to faith in Christ seven years ago.  Pastor Vachami, a close associate of the slain minister, spoke favourably about him, “He was a very simple man and a very faithful servant of God.”

Pray for Pastor Munshi’s wife, Jaini, as well as their four young children during this time of tragic loss. Pray that they will find comfort and support from the Lord and from fellow believers. Pray that they will not succumb to fear or be intimated to renounce their faith in Christ.

Pray also for the villagers who have come to trust in Christ through their pastor’s faithful service to God. Pray that the Lord will spur them onward in their walk of faith.

Pray that many others in this community, who have yet to acknowledge Christ as their Saviour (including the attackers) will be touched by the late pastor’s testimony and, through his ongoing legacy, receive God’s mercy, forgiveness and transformative saving grace.

 

(Source and Photo Credit : VOMC)

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