Pastor ‘Ariaan’ has been charged with forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity and has been ordered by police not to pray, share the Gospel or host prayer meetings in his home. In addition, his landlord has ordered him to leave his home, and his daughter has been denied admission to school.
The pastor’s troubles began when Hindu extremists interrupted a church service one Sunday morning and ordered him to stop preaching. Pastor Ariaan continued to preach, and three months later the extremists returned, this time dragging him and two other church members to a Hindu temple for a “reconversion ceremony”. Police intervened, however, and instead took the pastor to the police station, where the Hindu extremists then filed charges against him.
Pastor Ariaan is currently free on bail as the case proceeds through the legal system.
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Pray that Pastor Ariaan, his family and the church members will rest in the peace of Christ during this difficult time.
- Pray the local church will not be fearful but will be encouraged to remain faithful in spite of the opposition.
- Pray for the accusers and those in authority. May the witness of Pastor Ariaan, be used by the Lord to soften their hearts.