Persecution in India March 7,2004
Christians in India are persecuted both by Muslims and Hindus. This account is just the sort of thing that is going on over there all the time. How can we be unconcerned when our brethren in Christ are suffering so yet remaining faithful to His love? Dear fellow saints of God Praise be to the Lord Jesus Eight Christian women in Orissa state in India, including two 15-year-olds were dragged out of their homes by approximately 45 Hindu extremists, some of whom were their own relatives trying to force them to renounce their faith. When the women refused, they were beaten, stripped naked and forced to walk through their village. When they were later threatened again, they fled their homes with their families to seek refuge in an evangelical Church. When interviewed on Indian television, they said their faith was strong and they would not re-convert to Hinduism. Reportedly, a Christian living in their village for the past nine years had led them to the Lord only recently. Reports in the area say that Hindu extremists are actively trying to “create awareness about the evils of Christianity” and have appointed Hindu organizations to report any evangelistic outreaches in the area. We remind you that Orissa has seen violence against Christians before. In January 1999 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two young boys were murdered by Hindu extremists. The women have been promised legal action against those involved, but there have been no arrests thus far. Please Pray: For the women and their families to continue to cling to the Lord and that they would find strength and comfort in Him. That God would give all the families wisdom as to if and when to safely return home to their villages. For those involved in the persecution to be brought to justice. For our ministries, missionaries and the believers in that area. For all persecution of Christians to end throughout India and all would come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Yours in the Love of Messiah Jesus Pastor Paul Ciniraj, Salem Voice, Devalokam (P.O), Kottayam, Kerala-686038, India.
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