Chadarajupalli Subbaravamma was in her mid-50s living in South India when she left Hinduism for Christianity 10 years ago. Ten years later, she was murdered for that decision to trust in Jesus and pursue her new faith.
The elderly woman in her mid-60s was on her terrace reading her Bible and praying–a usual part of her evening routine–when a man climbed the stairs and killed her.
The last time her family saw her was around 5:30 p.m. on March 21 when she grabbed her Bible and went upstairs to spend some quiet time in prayer and worship. About an hour after Subbaravamma went upstairs, her husband Jayaramaiah said he and some neighbors saw a young man climbing the stairs.
Her assailant later confessed that he had killed her because he was angry she had left Hindu gods and had adopted Christian faith. He said that he had been waiting for a chance to kill her, and that day he got the right opportunity.
He was not a local resident and had come to the village in Southern India’s Andhra Pradesh state to do construction work in a Hindu temple.
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Before she met Christ, Subbaravamma’s family previously worked at the Hindu temple, making statues. After leaving Hinduism, they took up hard labor instead.
On any Sunday since choosing Christ, she would be the first one to make it to the church, the pastor of the local church, Mohan Rao, told World Watch Monitor.
“She was a strong believer.”
Pray with Subbaravamma’s grieving family, her husband Jayaramaia and son, Subba Rao, and his family. Ask God to comfort and protect them, as well as the local Christians who are traumatized by her death.
Christians in the area are gathering for protests. Ask God to give them safety as they take action. And pray that Subbaravamma’s life and death would be a bold witness to many in her village and beyond.
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