After holding a rally, radicals in Gujarat state issued a statement to district authorities telling them that if they did not stop church activities in the region, the radicals would take matters into their own hands.
The document issued by the radicals listed the names of 56 churches and pastors and gave district authorities three days to act.
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
In response, the police told pastors not to conduct church services or they would risk attack by the radicals – and the police would not protect the Christians. Instead, they said they would arrest the pastors. Several pastors have already been arrested, many of the churches have stopped meeting, and pastors are unable to visit people.
“The churches are all in fear and seek prayer for this matter,”
a VOM contact wrote.
Let us pray.
- Ask the Lord to give the believers strength and courage. Pray that these Christians will be able to worship and work freely.
- Pray for the hearts of the radicals and the police to be changed, through the work of the Holy Spirit.
- Pray for the encouragement of Christians experiencing prolonged persecution.