Unshakeable faith and radical hope
Despite the pain, sadness, fear, and emotional and physical toll Pastor Shekhar has faced, he is resolute in his decision to follow Jesus and lead others to Him.
His experience shows us how devastating the situation is, but he also reveals the unshakeable faith that he and thousands of believers like him share. They are beacons of radical hope that our partners on the ground repeatedly tell us about. Persecution in India is rising, but that’s not the whole story. The church in the world’s second-most-populous country is growing both in number and devotion.
“I cannot stop serving God,” Pastor Shekhar says, “I cannot live without God because I’ve surrendered my whole life to Him. I’ll keep serving God till my last breath, even in happiness or sadness, even if I have to suffer greatly or slightly, even if I have to give my life for God.”
top photo: Indian Christians hold placards during a demonstration against the recent violence on Christians and their Churches on Christmas in eastern Indian state of Orissa, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007. Hindu extremists attacked nearly a dozen small village churches and prayer houses and burned down the home of a prominent Christian politician in eastern India on Thursday, officials said, as gangs of Hindus and Christians defied a curfew imposed after two days of attacks on Christians by Hindu hard-liners. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)