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Christians in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh are being denied access to water for their crops – to force them to deny Jesus. They have steadfastly refused.

Local Hindus are refusing to sell water from their boreholes to four Christian families, and their crops are dying as a result. Even local police and the village chief have not intervened to restore the water supply, despite the Christians’ appeals for help.

Neighbours accuse the Christians of converting people by force. Yet, on one recent occasion, a mob forced every local Christian to take part in Hindu rituals and declare that they denied Christ. Some younger Christians reportedly felt they had no option but to give in to these demands. Those who resisted were beaten – and now find themselves without water for farming.

“They have all joined together and are conspiring against us,” says one of the Christian women.

Sources: Release International, Morning Star News

  • Pray that God will strengthen and provide for His people in Jalalabad.
  • Pray that Jesus will comfort and speak clearly to those Christians who felt compelled to deny Him so they may be restored in their faith.
  • Ask God to build and strengthen His church in India amid mounting intolerance and hostility towards non-Hindus. Pray more will be done by authorities to curb Hindu extremism and anti-Christian violence.