Three young Christians from Talbora, located in India’s Odisha state, were banished from their home village because they refused to renounce their Christian faith and convert to Hinduism.
Surander, 22, Subash, 20, and Jamuna, 19, became Christians in 2017 and were baptised in 2018 and 2019. Because there was no church in their village, they would walk to one nearby called Padmathopa to attend weekly worship.
Jamuna’s parents did not approve of their daughter’s new faith and decided they would marry her to a Hindu boy. Jamuna refused her parents decision and secretly married Subash in the church in Padmathopa.
In Talbora, Surander led small prayer meetings under the trees and in open fields. Other villagers saw this activity and became very hostile towards the young Christians when others started to listen to Surander’s preaching.
On 29 August, Surander, Subash, Jamuna, and six others who had attended Surander’s prayer meetings were called to a village meeting. At this meeting, the Christians were threatened with severe consequences if they did not renounce their Christian faith.
Six Christians feared these consequences and renounced their faith. However, Surander, Subash, and Jamuna stood firm in their faith. For this, they were banished from the village.
Surander, Subash, and Jamuna left Talbora with their Bibles, some food, and a few other things given to them by their parents. Through the night, they travelled to Padmathopa where they attended church. In Padmathopa, they were taken in by the local pastor who continues to support the three young Christians.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Thank the Lord for the strong witness of these young believers. Pray they will continue to remain faithful.
- Praise God for the pastor who was willing to aid them. Pray for the Spirit’s leading as they make plans for their future.
- Pray the Lord may use the example of these believers to strengthen those who renounced their faith and encourage them to return. Pray the entire village of Talbora will experience a spiritual awakening.
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