God’s colors fill the markets of India. Buttery yellow bananas, crimson and jade peppers, mahogany roots, ochre, auburn, and russet spices, ebony coffees and rainbows of silk saris all declare His sovereign creation. Sadly, colors of persecution have scarred God’s pallet; homes burned and blackened, martyrs bloodied for their faith, widows in white. On Feb 18th, 2009, on his way to the market in Udayagiri , Hrudayananda Nayak, a 42-year-old father of two was threatened by some drunken men because he was a Christian. Upon his return through the forest near Rudangia, a predominantly Christian village where rioters attacked people and burned homes in 2008, Hrudayananda disappeared. His earthly body was found the next day.
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation…” Isaiah 61:10
Please join Open Doors and Christians around the world in remembering Hrudayananda Nayak; now face to face with his savior. Pray today also for his wife Reena Nayak and his daughter and son; that they are comforted in knowing that because Christ defeated death by way of the cross, Hrudayananda received eternal life. And pray for all Christians in India; that daily, as they face threats and violence, our persecuted brothers and sisters hold steadfast in the hope of the Lord as their true salvation and shield.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:7). Father, God, today we stand together and celebrate the life of our brother Hrudayananda. As You are the defender of the fatherless and widows, we ask that You abundantly provide for his family in all of their needs, both worldly and spiritual. Comfort them with Your presence and assure them that their suffering is not in vain. We also today join in prayer for all Christians living in India as they bravely forge ahead and share Your Son with those who do not know You. Hide them under the shadow of Your wings and protect them from harm. Father we love You and praise You; giving You all the glory in all that we do. Amen
India is ranked No. 32 on the Open Doors 2011 World Watch List of 50 countries which are the worst persecutors of Christians.
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