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INDIA: Prayer Needed for Upcoming election

India’s 2019 general election will take place in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May. The new parliament will be announced on 23 May. The Hindu nationalist BJP has ruled with a simple majority for the past five years. Its electoral success is the

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INDIA: Church Braced for More Violence as Elections Loom

There’s been a sharp rise in attacks on Christians in India so far this year – and many fear that things could get worse with a general election on the horizon. There were 77 recorded incidents of hatred and violence against Christians in the first two

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INDIA: Former Muslim and Former Hindu Lead Church

A married couple who started a new church in their city had to change venues recently because of persecution. Hani, a former Hindu, and Chakama, a former Muslim, have actively shared their faith ever since coming to Christ and getting married. The community where they

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INDIA: Christian Convert Killed and Left on the Road

An Indian man who had become a Christian last year was killed and beheaded in eastern India earlier this month. On 11 February, Anant Ram Gand, 40, was taken from his home in the village of Raigarh Tehsil, in the district of Nabarangapur, Odisha, by

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INDIA: Evangelist Recovering Two Years After Attack

Two years after an attack by radical Hindus left him nearly comatose, Dr Anjaneya Swami is gradually improving. The evangelist was hospitalised with a brain haemorrhage in 2017 following the attack and subsequent police interrogation. He had been distributing Gospel tracts near a Hindu temple

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NIGERIA, CHINA, INDIA: Persecution Set to Rise in 2019

In Nigeria, Fulani militants look set to continue devastating attacks against Christians in the north and central Nigeria. In the first six months of 2018 alone, they killed up to 6,000 and drove 50,000 from their homes. The heavily armed Fulani militants are following in the

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INDIA & MYANMAR: Persecution Over Christmas

In areas throughout India and Myanmar, Christmas was not a season of peace and joy. Christians faced violence and resulting injuries, as those opposed to the message of Christ stoned, slashed and terrorised local believers. In the Kanta Kawn Township of Central Myanmar, 27 Christians

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INDIA: New Attacks Are Cause for Praise

According to Christian leaders in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a significant increase in attacks on Christians is part of a planned campaign by Hindu nationalist leaders. Every day, four or five churches are attacked, according to the leader of a church planting network

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Project: Water Filters for Persecuted Christians in India

Recently, with the help of our supporters, VOM Australia sent 18 water filters to persecuted Christians in India. Christian villagers who attempt to access water from Hindu villages are often harassed (threatened with violence and/or forced conversion) and sometimes denied access to the village well

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INDIA: Pastors Arrested and Accused of “Conversion Racket”

Two pastors have been detained since 22 July, when they were arrested on accusations of running a 13-year ‘conversion racket’. The men were teaching a discipleship lesson to 18 believers when members of the Hindutva youth movement interrupted their class and accused them of converting

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NAGALAND: Christian Activity Scrutinised and Undermined

On my recent visit to Nagaland, I was amazed at how Christianity has diminished. The Indian government, in its quest to make India for Hindus has continually encouraged the influence of Hinduism in the area through corrupt political local leaders thereby increasing their foothold into

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INDIA: Father and Son Brutally Attacked by Radicals

Ramesh and his son Rahul were brutally attacked by a mob of 30 Hindu radicals while returning from a prayer meeting in Pipplipara village, Madhya Pradesh state on 10 July. They were both hospitalised due to serious injuries from the attack. “The attack took place

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INDIA: Christians told “we’ll close one church every week”

Christian villagers in a rural district of India’s Maharashtra state have been told that one church will be closed down every week because they have been “destroying” local tradition and culture by “luring” others to convert to Christianity. Since June, over a dozen houses belonging

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INDIA: Twenty Christians Severely Injured

On Monday 2 July, 20 Christians were seriously injured in an assault on a prayer meeting in Raikashipur village, located in the Pratapgarh District of India’s Uttar Pradesh State. According to local reports, a mob of 35 Hindu radicals stormed the meeting and beat the

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Project: Deep Wells for India

An estimated 27 million Christians live in India, making up 2.2% of the population. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Hindu nationalist organisation has seen a 20% increase in membership and an emboldened base aimed at further cementing India’s Hindu identity.

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INDIA: Anti-Conversion Legislation Expanding

The North Indian state of Uttarkhand is now the seventh state in the country to pass legislation restricting religious conversions, particularly from Hinduism to Christianity. This law carries a jail term of up to two years. Passed by the state assembly in March, and signed

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Hearing the Cries of the Persecuted

“We want a Christianity-free block. The villagers will soon return to their roots.” – RSS Saiyojak Laxman Singh Munda. That is the proclamation of the RSS (Rashtriya Seva Sangh – National Volunteer Organisation), and their goal and priority today, is to eradicate Christianity from India

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Impacting Lives

Priscila who is now 40 years of age told us her husband and father of her three children had been killed during the riots which occurred in 2008. Without the main breadwinner providing for the family, Priscila has found it difficult to care for and

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