A house church in Umerkote, Odisha
Persecution against Christians in India continues to rise. International Christian Concern reports: Christians in northern Telangana state are under assault as ultra-Hindu nationalists groups are unleashing a fresh dose of violence on the community. Groups like the RSS, VHP and Bajrangdal have attacked pastors and churches, leading to hospitalizations and widespread fear. Meanwhile, the perpetrators continue to enjoy total impunity as they go unpunished for their crimes.
Our Brethren in Odisha also report that activist Hindus continue to harass, threaten them and disrupt worship and evangelism. In Umerkote, believers in the village of Adhikariguda are being harassed by Hindu people. They have targeted a sister and her family because she became a believer and have ostracized them from the community. In Golamunda, Peter asks us to pray for Dambo Samaj because he is the leader of the persecution they are facing in that area.
A note of praise is that the government has allowed the orphan ministry at Agape Home to continue. So far, all the government requirements have been met. Also, one of the boys, Christopher, has completed his vocational training in electrical engineering. He is now working for a Motor company about 6 miles from Agape Home. However, he still lives at Agape Home and is now serving there as a volunteer to help the other boys.
One of the newest church plants up in the mountains outside Coimbatore (Sathyamanagalam) is seeing 15-20 attend worship on Sundays. Pray for the growth and spiritual stability of these believers and, of course, all believers to be grounded solidly in the faith in order to persevere under trials; including the persecution. Pray that they will bear a good testimony “knowing that they have a better possession and a lasting one…and not throw away their confidence which has a great reward…so that when they have done the will of God, they may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:34-36).
Our next scheduled visit to India is May 2017. Please pray for the formation of the team that is to go and for good preparation of the team in order that we might help to strengthen and encourage our Brethren there.
You may send financial gifts for the ministry in India and Myanmar to:
CGBCI Foreign Missions
P.O. Box 217
Grimes, IA 50111 Telephone: 515-986-9698
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