Wrongly Imprisoned: ICC Pays for Bail of Underground Pastor and Congregation
Pastor M* (named withheld for security) and his congregation suffered at the hands of radical Hindus numerous times over the past few months. Ugly new heights were reached, however, when Hindus barged into a prayer meeting and began attacking the pastor and those present. The attackers even went so far as to “rip the clothes off a widow” who was rescued before things got worse. Pastor M went to the police to report the attack, but saw no results. However, the attackers, angry that he reported them, went to the police and accused Pastor M and seven other believers of forcibly converting Hindus to Christianity. The police took action immediately and arrested the eight Christians.
Unable to cover bail, the believers were faced with losing their property as payment, and were at risk to be detained until the case was resolved.
“We were sure we would go back to jail,” said Pastor M. “We had no hope until an ICC representative called us and said: ‘Have hope. God is with you and we are with you. We will pay your bail.’ Tears fell out of my eyes when I heard this good news.”
Though the fight is not over, knowing that they are not alone and that the Body of Christ around the world cares has given them hope and strength to carry on.
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