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A crowd of more than 100 Hindu extremists have attacked and beaten a Pentecostal Christian community in Udumalpet, the southern state of Tamil Nadu, on 16 November.

The Reverend K A Sathis, pastor of Konkal Marthoma Church, and four church members were hospitalised in serious conditions. Some attackers even followed the victims to the hospital, threatening them and attacking them a second time.

Before breaking into the church, where the community was holding a prayer service, the radical group destroyed more than 20 vehicles parked in the church yard. Once inside, the militants attacked those present, desecrated the altar, burned the Bibles and broke musical instruments.

Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) has already asked for protection for the Christian community of the state from the National Commission for Human Rights, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu and the Minister of Interior of the Central Government of India.

Source: International Christian Concern, Asia News

Prayer Points

  • Pray for God’s healing Spirit to come upon Reverend Sathis and those injured.
  • Pray the Lord will protect this community as they recover and rebuild in His name.
  • Ask the Lord to give the congregation the strength and grace they need to love and pray for their persecutors.