The Nazarene Church at Sehkari Nagar, Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh was attacked on 16 July by activists of the Hindu extremist group, Bajrang Dal.
In the attack, the gang ransacked the church; physically assaulted the pastor and vandalised church property.
In a media report, the pastor said, “Today, while service was going on as usual, suddenly a mob of people from the Bajrang Dal entered the church premises and started beating us up. They also desecrated the altar, broke furniture and objects of worship. Even our women were not spared as the attackers misbehaved with them. After beating us up the attackers hoisted a saffron flag on the top of the church building and threatened us with dire consequences if the church was not closed down.”
Source: Evangelical Fellowship of India, World Evangelical Alliance
- Pray for God’s protection and healing over the pastor and the congregation. Pray that God will be glorified as they steadfastly fix their eyes on what is eternal (2 Corinthians 4).
- Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance for the pastor and the leadership of the church.
- Pray for those attacking Christians in Uttar Pradesh, that they would experience a change in heart, repent and turn away from violence.