That day, these families lost their homes and their community—because they left the tribe’s religion to follow Jesus. The families fled together into a nearby rice field where they cobbled together makeshift shelters (pictured above).
Days later, the villagers found where they were and destroyed their “homes” once again.
A couple of days ago, we received an update from the local pastor of the families’ church. After relocating yet again into another village, these families have been told by that village chief they must move once more because they might “anger the spirits of the village.”
The pastor who contacted our team shared that a Christian from another district heard about their situation and stepped into the lives of his brothers and sisters. He offered them his former house at a low rent. The families’ pastor has helped them settle there, and a registered church has provided them with food. Open Doors will support them with their rental fee and other needs. The logistics of helping them are complicated by restrictions involving coronavirus.