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Christian Man Killed in Odisha, India

December 9, 2016 by Janelle P in Asia

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Around 4:30 in the morning on Nov 20th, seven villagers from Bhitarkota came to the house of fellow villager Jeyram Khoskla, and took him from his home. He never returned. Around 1 p.m. that day, his body was found shot dead nearly 2 ½ miles from his home.

Jeyram,23, and his wife Indu came to faith a few years ago. They have 3 young children. As a daily wages laborer, he worked long hours to provide for his family. Jeyram was an active member of the church and was often involved in showing the “Jesus” film and distributing Bibles. He brought nearly 50 families in and around his village to Christ and had received severe threats from other villagers many times before. Other Christians in his church are facing threats as well.

Indu works as a sweeper in the village school. Please pray that his wife and children would experience the comfort and peace of Christ as they heal emotionally from this tragedy.

Father, we grieve the loss of this godly man who poured out his life to serve You in his homeland. We thank You for the many who serve You there because he shared the gospel to them and faithfully proclaimed the truth of Your Word, even in the face of threats . And we thank You that he is filled now with the joy of worshiping You in glory. But we pray for Indu and their children as they mourn and as Indu struggles to support her family. We pray for them and others in the congregation as they too receive threats from some in the village. Protect them, Father. Thank you for the Open Doors volunteers who have visited them; bring them safety as well and provide wisdom and resources that they might help and comfort this struggling family. In the name of Jesus, who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Amen.

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