Christians Attacked in India

1 Jun

On April 17, Hindu extremists attacked a group of Christians at a prayer meeting in Madhya Pradesh, India, causing the death of a 25-year-old man and severely injuring three other believers, according to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts.

Hindu radicals disrupted the meeting of more than 400 Christians and began destroying Bibles and other property. They attacked the Christians with sticks and iron rods, accusing them of forcible conversions, an act declared illegal by the government of India. During the attack, Amit Gilbert, a master of divinity student, fell into an open well, hit his head on the well’s outer wall and drowned. One of the other injured Christians sustained a broken back and at last report remained in serious condition.

The Voice of the Martyrs encourages you to pray for those mourning the loss of Amit. Pray that the three injured Christians will fully recover. Pray that Christians in Madhya Pradesh will exemplify the love of Christ through love and prayer for those who persecute them.

(Posted April 30, 2010)

The above article was taken from the Voice of the Martyrs website, Persecution.com. I found it in my research of India, where I will be going on outreach in exactly one month from now. Will you join me in prayer for this beautiful and hurting nation?

Let’s pray that the victims of this attack will be filled with the love of God and will be able to forgive their attackers. This is, yet again, another opportunity for us as believers to show the mercy, love, and grace of God through forgiveness. Let’s pray that through this forgiveness the hearts of the extremist Hindus would be softened and that they will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Let’s pray for the believers in India, that they would be safe from violence and persecution. Pray for the government to abolish laws aimed at local believers and even foreign missionaries, criminalizing the preaching of the Gospel. Pray for a wave of peace to wash over the entire country, that violence would be a thing of the past and that civilized conversation would be a possibility. Pray for love to be prevalent in India.  Hate can not defeat hate, only love can.

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2 Responses to “Christians Attacked in India”

  1. La Vonne June 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    We will be praying for your safety constantly. We will also pray that the love of Jesus through you will melt many hearts for acceptance of his sacrifice and gift of eternal life. Also that all people, especially the victims will have the strength to forgive.

  2. erikaearl June 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    Thanks so much Mom! Your prayers are so powerful. Thank you for your faithfulness.

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