On 16 October, a Christian worship service was attacked by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists in India’s Madhya Pradesh state. After being falsely accused of engaging in forced religious conversions, a pastor and seven other Christians were taken into police custody for questioning.
According to Pastor Dhanlal Pargi, more than 30 radical Hindu nationalists barged into a worship service taking place at India Gospel Church in Talabodi village, located in the Ratlam district.
The mob, led by Bharat Gujjar and Bhavish Gujjar, confronted Pastor Mangilal Pargi and told him that Christian worship should not take place in the village.
“Members of the mob pulled the Bible from Pastor’s hands and yelled at him saying that ‘Reading this Bible leads to many professing Christianity,’” Pastor Dhanlal said.
Pastor Mangilal started India Gospel Church in Talabodi nearly 35 years ago. Since the church was founded, Pastor Mangilal has faced significant opposition.
“The harassment from Hindu radicals is a constant thing,” Pastor Mangilal said. “They bully us whenever we pass through their houses. They tell us that we should close down the church because India is a Hindu country.”
According to Pastor Mangilal, the mob that attacked the church on 16 October also pressured local police into filing a First Information Report (FIR) against him under the state’s anti-conversion law. However, after initially taking Pastor Mangilal and seven other Christians into custody, police released the Christians because no proof was provided by the radicals to support the FIR.
“Their aim is to wipe out the Christian faith from the village,” Pastor Mangilal said. “But we know God will help the Christians to stand boldly in these intense times.”
Source: International Christian Concern
- Ask the Lord to shield the members and leaders of the church from those who oppose them and the Gospel. Pray the threats from the group will come to nothing.
- Ask the Lord to grant Pastor Dhanlal and Pastor Mangilal wisdom as they deal with the Hindu nationalists and the authorities.
- Pray the members of this church will not be discouraged but will see the Lord at work and rejoice.
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