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INDIA: Church Set on Fire by Suspected Radical Hindu Nationalist

INDIA: Church Set on Fire by Suspected Radical Hindu Nationalist

On Friday night, unknown aggressors set fire to an independent church in the state of Tamil Nadu, southern India.

The fire brought down the entire roof, affected the building structure, furniture, speaker boxes, and amplifier, causing damages estimated around $4,000.

While the reason for the attack is not yet apparent, members of the church suspect radical Hindu nationalists, who have been egregious in that region in the last few years.

According to local sources, on the morning of 13 June, Pastor Ramesh saw the flames and thick smoke coming from the church. By that time, the roof, made of coconut leaves and bamboo, was completely burnt.

“I was shocked for a moment looking at the church engulfed with flames and smoke. I was broken, and it was so painful, there was absolutely no way to save anything from inside the church. The church structure, instruments, and furniture inside the church are ten years of hard labour,” Pastor Ramesh said.

For the last ten years, Pastor Ramesh has led the Real Peach church in Vaylur, Changalpattu district. There are currently 100 members. He believes that this incident was an act of Christian persecution. He has been threatened to stop practising Christianity.

“After I recovered from the shock,” Ramesh said, “I filed a formal complaint with the police, and the police promised that they will carry on the investigation.”

In 2017, in the same district, a pastor was murdered only 8km from where Pastor Ramesh leads the church in Vaylur. “This place has been a difficult place for Christians,” Ramesh said, “and there are numerous instances where the Christians have been facing increased intimidations.”

The state of Tamil Nadu is known for its sizable Christian population despite being ranked two in the national tally of the most hostile states for Christians to live.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Pray for Pastor Ramesh and the church members as they come to terms with the loss. Pray their willingness to continue to worship will be a witness for the Gospel.
  • Commit to the Lord the investigation and pray for the protection of the Christians in the community.
  • Pray for the perpetrators and all those in the area who oppose the Lord and His people.

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LAOS: Destroyed House Church Now Larger than Before

LAOS: Destroyed House Church Now Larger than Before

Most Laotians consider themselves Buddhist, but they generally practise a syncretistic version of Buddhism mixed with tribal animism. Christianity is viewed as an American religion or as a tool of the CIA to undermine the Laotian regime. Believers are persecuted by family members or village authorities who are concerned that Christians offend the spirits.

In February 2019, police destroyed a building that was being used as a house church in Boke province, in an attempt to eliminate their ‘Christian problem’.

In the year since the building’s destruction and subsequent rebuild, so many people have come to Christ that the church does not have room for them all. The church is extending the existing building, making it larger than before to accommodate all the new believers.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Praise God that He is not limited by man’s actions and that He brings good from opposition.
  • Pray for the leaders of this church that they will be led by the Spirit as they guide and teach so many new believers.
  • Pray too that those who formerly opposed this church may have an opportunity to hear the Gospel and put their trust in Christ.

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