A 52-year-old Christian was shot dead in an attack on a Christian family by radical Hindu nationalists in India’s Rajasthan state.
According to the local sources, three other Christians were seriously injured after they were brutally beaten with a gun, swords, and sickles.
Source: International Christian Concern
During the assault, the radicals pointed the gun at Pastor Bumbariya and attempted to shoot the pastor. The gun, however, failed to fire. Later the assailants pointed the gun at Pastor Bumbariya’s father, Bhima Bumbariya, and shot the 52-year-old Christian. After his father collapsed to the ground, Pastor Bumbariya was knocked unconscious.
Pastor Bumbariya and two other members of his family were transported to the government hospital in Udaipur, but the hospital staff refused to admit the injured Christians due to COVID-19 regulations. Later, the injured Christians were admitted to a nearby private hospital.
“I believe God has a definite purpose in keeping me alive,” Pastor Bumbariya said from his hospital bed. “I will carry on the ministry God has given to me.”
“We gave up so much already for the sake of our faith,” Pastor Bumbariya continued. “They took away our agricultural land, they destroyed our house, now they want our lives. I am worried about my family and children; about what will happen to them when I am not around.”
Pastor Bumbariya has worked as a church planter in the Bansawra District and has started several house churches in different villages. According to local church leaders, Pastor Bumbariya has been attacked by radicals several times in the past and has even had a false forced conversion allegation filed against him.
Let us pray.
- Pray for Pastor Bumbariya’s physical recovery. Ask the Lord to strengthen him emotionally and spiritually as he comes to terms with the tragic loss of his father and resumes his ministry work.
- Ask for God’s protection to be on Pastor Bumbariya and his family. Ask the Lord to shield them from those who wish to bring harm.
- Pray the death of Bhima may not be in vain but that the Lord would use his life’s witness and his tragic death to bring spiritual blessing and renewal to the area.