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INDIA: Pastor Forced to Vacate Home after False Conversion Accusation

INDIA: Pastor Forced to Vacate Home after False Conversion Accusation

An independent church pastor in India’s Karnataka state has been told to vacate his rented home which was being used for worship gatherings. The pastor has to leave the house because radical Hindu nationalists have put pressure on the pastor’s landlord.

“They threatened that they would break my hands and legs,” Pastor Nallabothula Peter said. “I received several unknown phone calls with abusive language that claimed I am involved in illegal religious conversions and that I don’t have right to live in the area.”

On 30 June, Pastor Peter was praying for a demon possessed girl when police were called to his residence. According to Pastor Peter, neighbours, likely pressured by radicals, had complained about the prayer meeting.

“I doubt the neighbours gave a complaint,” Pastor Peter said. “For more than six years, we have been conducting house prayers and there were absolutely no complaints from anyone in our neighbourhood. This was planned and targeted in a way to shut down the house church and send me out of the colony.”

According to Pastor Peter, his landlord is continually receiving pressure from radical Hindu nationalists telling him that he must force the pastor to vacate the house. The radicals have also registered a false accusation against Pastor Peter, claiming he is attempting to convert the entire colony to the Christian faith.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made finding a new home difficult. “It will be miracle if I rent a house in the same area,” Pastor Peter said. “The Hindu radicals already alerted the entire area to not rent out their houses to me.”

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Ask the Lord to shield Pastor Peter from targeted violence. Pray for continued protection for him, his family and all the believers who he associates with.
  • Pray the Lord will provide a suitable new home for him.
  • Pray Pastor Peter will not be fearful. Ask the Lord to use this incident to further embolden him in his faith and ministry.

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INDIA: Hindu Militants Install Idol Inside Church

INDIA: Hindu Militants Install Idol Inside Church

Last week, a statue of a monkey-headed Hindu god was installed inside a Protestant AOG church that was undergoing renovations, in Haryana, northern India. The Hindu activists responsible then manhandled the church pastor and vandalised the building.

The group claims that a Hindu temple once existed there, though they have failed to produce any documents to substantiate the claim. The church holds documents of ownership to the land.

The Hindus continued to offer daily prayers before the monkey-headed Hindu god, according to church officials. After several days, the statue was removed by police. Tensions remain high.

Pastor Uday Pillai, the associate pastor of the church said violence against Christians is normal in Haryana and most cases go unreported. Only 0.2% of its people are Christian.

As part of its services, the church offers schooling to 210 slum children. Hindu groups claim Christian services such as education and health care among the poor, are a façade to attract them toward Christianity.

Sources: VOM Contacts, UCA News

  • Pray for the pastor, his family and the members of the church.
  • Fanatical groups are trying to force believers to return to their former Hindu faith. Pray the Lord will strengthen believers facing this kind of opposition.
  • Pray the believers in Haryana will be unified in their love for one another and their witness to the community.

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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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INDIA: Christian Boy Murdered by Extremists

INDIA: Christian Boy Murdered by Extremists

Sombura Madkami, a 14-year-old Christian boy from Kenduguda village, located in the Malkangiri district of India’s Odisha state, was brutally murdered by religious extremists. Christian leaders claim Sombura was murdered by religious extremists who had been harassing Christians in Kenduguda village for years.

“On the night of 4 June, a few villagers ganged up with a handful of religious fanatics, who were not part of the village, and attempted to kidnap Christians,” Pastor Kosha Mosaki told the media.

The extremists captured Sombura and two other Christians. However, the two other Christians were able to escape their captors before they were taken to the jungle.

In the jungle, the extremists brutally murdered Sombura. The extremists then buried Sombura’s body in an attempt to hide the crime.

However, the two other Christians who had escaped notified local police. Police immediately identified Deba Madkami, Budra Muchaki, Aaita Kabasi, Rabu Madi, and others as being involved in the abduction and murder of the Christian boy.

Police located the body of Sombura as a part of their initial investigation after arresting and interrogating the individuals that were identified.

Police from the Malkangiri district have filed a First Information Report against the individuals accused of murdering Sombura.

According to local Christians, religious extremists had been harassing their community for several years prior to the murder. Pastor Bijay Pusuru, from Bethel House Church located in Kenduguda, claims extremists had restricted church activities and issued death threats against Christian families who continued to attend church. Pastor Pusuru claims police and village leaders did little in response to these incidents.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Ask the Lord to comfort the distressed, grieving and fearful in the community.
  • Pray the police will do all that’s necessary to ensure justice for Sombura and his family and to take measures to guard against further violence. Pray for the perpetrators.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen the believers. Pray they will turn to one another in their grief to encourage each other and stand united in their faith.

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INDIA: Pastor Brutally Beaten by Hindu Radicals

INDIA: Pastor Brutally Beaten by Hindu Radicals

On Thursday 28 May, Pastor Dinesh Kumar was brutally beaten by radical Hindu nationalists in the Mau district of Uttar Pradesh, India. Pastor Kumar was returning from a prayer meeting when he was attacked and remains unconscious in the hospital.

According to local sources, several unidentified individuals followed Pastor Kumar on motorcycle as he was returning home from the prayer meeting. They brutally attacked him with sticks and hit him on the head. These blows rendered Pastor Kumar unconscious.

The mob continued to attack until a local noticed the situation. The mob fled the scene and the local person then helped Pastor Kumar to his house.

“I was screaming out loud when I saw my husband,” Mamta, Pastor Kumar’s wife said. “My mind went blank and I had no words. I thought something fatal took place looking at him with no movement.”

“I remembered he used to tell me, ‘I am in the ministry and committed to taking the Gospel to the people. I know the cost and some time it may be my life,’” Mamta explained.

Pastor Kumar was taken to the hospital where he received 16 stitches and remains unconscious. This was to contain the bleeding on his head and several other injuries. Pastor Kumar and his family serve as church planters in the Mau district of Uttar Pradesh. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, several incidents of persecution have been reported from this area.

The police are waiting for Pastor Kumar to regain consciousness to proceed with taking a statement and then an investigation into the attack. The assailants ran from the scene before they could be identified.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Pray the Lord’s ministering presence will bring complete healing to Pastor Kumar.
  • Ask the Lord to bring justice on behalf of Pastor Kumar and his family.
  • Pray the local believers will not be fearful but will continue to love the Lord, one another and those who oppose the Gospel.

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