The number of persecution incidents in India keeps soaring higher each month. In the month of April alone there were 68 incidents. Through April, a total of 316 incidents had been reported this year by Open Doors partners in local churches who have been, in most cases, in direct contact with the victims. Reports come in almost daily.
Out of the 68 incidents that took place in April, more than a third involved physical beatings of believers. In several cases, the victims, including two small children, were beaten brutally and almost killed. A pastor was critically wounded when he was struck on his head with a sword. People have also been socially ostracized or expelled from their homes or villages.
In several of the incidents, groups of extremists have attacked church members and Christians openly with large sticks or swords. They have no fear of the law or the police. They openly declare during their attacks that India is a Hindu country and Christians have no right to preach or attempt to convert people.
Please pray for the Christians in India, especially those who are suffering daily persecution.
Father of Mercy, hear the cry of Your people in India. Protect them from attack; give them both wisdom and courage as they face each day’s potential for unrest. You have called us to be the “light of the world” and the “salt of the earth.” As they abide in Christ, may His presence shine forth to those living in spiritual darkness. As Your church grows, may the culture and government be seasoned with the purifying salt of the Word that Your gospel might go forth in freedom and much power. Raise up a mighty throng in India to worship and praise Your Holy Name. In the name of Jesus, the light of men who overcomes the darkness. Amen.