On Thursday 28 May, Pastor Dinesh Kumar was brutally beaten by radical Hindu nationalists in the Mau district of Uttar Pradesh, India. Pastor Kumar was returning from a prayer meeting when he was attacked and remains unconscious in the hospital.
According to local sources, several unidentified individuals followed Pastor Kumar on motorcycle as he was returning home from the prayer meeting. They brutally attacked him with sticks and hit him on the head. These blows rendered Pastor Kumar unconscious.
The mob continued to attack until a local noticed the situation. The mob fled the scene and the local person then helped Pastor Kumar to his house.
“I was screaming out loud when I saw my husband,” Mamta, Pastor Kumar’s wife said. “My mind went blank and I had no words. I thought something fatal took place looking at him with no movement.”
“I remembered he used to tell me, ‘I am in the ministry and committed to taking the Gospel to the people. I know the cost and some time it may be my life,’” Mamta explained.
Pastor Kumar was taken to the hospital where he received 16 stitches and remains unconscious. This was to contain the bleeding on his head and several other injuries. Pastor Kumar and his family serve as church planters in the Mau district of Uttar Pradesh. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, several incidents of persecution have been reported from this area.
The police are waiting for Pastor Kumar to regain consciousness to proceed with taking a statement and then an investigation into the attack. The assailants ran from the scene before they could be identified.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Pray the Lord’s ministering presence will bring complete healing to Pastor Kumar.
- Ask the Lord to bring justice on behalf of Pastor Kumar and his family.
- Pray the local believers will not be fearful but will continue to love the Lord, one another and those who oppose the Gospel.
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