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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Christian and Muslim Dalits staged protests on Wednesday demanding equal treatment by the Indian government. In India, a Dalit is someone coming from India's lowest caste, formally known as the "untouchables." Hindu Dalits receive benefits from the Indian government in an attempt to help the community overcome generations of abuse and marginalization. Unfortunately for Christians and other religious minorities, these benefits are only given to Dalits coming from Hindu backgrounds. Dalits from Christian for Muslim backgrounds receive no benefits. Please pray for equal treatment in India.
Monday, December 9th, 2013
Christians in India are expressing their concern over the rise of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after the party won majority in several Indian states. Christians are specifically concerned regarding the treatment of religious minorities under BJP rule. Incidents of violence against Christians in states where BJP is in the majority is often higher than states where BJP is not in power. BJP has also been connected with the Hindu radical group RSS, which has been known to attack churches and beat pastors.
Friday, December 6th, 2013
Christianity in India is growing rapidly among a surprising and unexpected group. According to reports, there is a rapid growth rate among middle and high caste Hindu youths. This comes as a surprise to many because traditionally, Christianity rapid growth was happening among low caste individuals, marginalized by Hinduism's caste system. Even though many are coming to Christian in India, persecution remains a major issue. Social pressure, communal violence and anti-conversion laws are just a few of the challenges Christian face in India.
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
The brutal murder of a seven-year-old Christian boy in India has left many Christians in that area shocked and horrified. On November 17, Amnol left home to attend Sunday School and never returned. The next day, his body was found floating in a pond baring the signs of torture. Many Christians in India believe this attack to be "unthinkable" and brutal, yet the local police continue to drag their feet in investigating the murder.
Sunday, December 1st, 2013
The father of a Christian boy that was tortured and murdered in November has told the medial that he believes that the police are ignoring Hindu radicals as suspects. According to the boy's father, he has been receiving death threats against because of his conversion to Christianity and his evangelical work. Please pray for justice in this case.
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
The Christian community of Orissa, India continues to feel insecure and frustrated because of official discrimination. The government of Orissa, who have proven in the past to have anti-Christian biases, have allowed the construction of a Hindu temple across the street from a Christian church. Many Christians feel the government allowed the construction of the temple in order to intimidate Christians in the area.
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Christians across the South Asian nation of India have gathered together to pray for the future of their nation. With elections for the Assembly coming in the near future, many Christians are praying for a tolerant government to be placed in power. This prayer gathering transcended ethnicity, denomination and caste and was a wonderful display of the united body of Christ in India.
Friday, November 29th, 2013
Anmol, a 7-year-old Christian boy from northern India, was laid to rest while over 200 mourners looked on. Anmol was kidnapped, brutally tortured and eventually drown in a pond because his father was a successful evangelist. Many lamenting this awful death have also reviled how normal persecution is for many of the Christian families in the area. Please pray for Anmol's family and the community of believers experience the loss of the young boy.
Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Thanksgiving is a time in which we can reflect upon what we are thankful for. This year, lets take some time to be thankful for the steadfast faith many Christians martyrs have shown around the world. Their stories of faith and sacrifice remind us the importance of Jesus and his message to this world.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
The son of a Christian man in India went missing on November 17 as he was walked to Sunday school. After filing a missing persons report, the parents discovered the body of their son in a near by hospital. According to the autopsy, the young boy had been severely tortured before being drown in a pond. Many believe the boy was targeted because of his Christian faith. Before he went missing, the parents had received several treats all stemming for the fact that they were Christians.
Monday, November 25th, 2013
A Bridge of Hope center run by Gospel for Asia was closed down after mobs of local Hindus protested the center's operations. Radicalized by Hindu nationalists, the mob of Hindus demanded the closure of the center or else it would resort to violence. Members of the mob even threatened to "take the lives" of the center's workers if they did not close. Christianity in India have become under increasing pressure as Hindu nationalism continues to gain support.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Despite the recent rise of Hindu nationalism in India, thousands of youths are turning to Christ and are marching to express their faith. According to recent reports, Christianity is growing swiftly among the youths of high caste Hindus. Christianity in India has grown from 24 million to 71 million in just the past ten years making it the 8th largest Christian nation in the world. Please pray for the continued growth of Christianity in India.
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Two U.S. Congressmen presented a bipartisan resolution that expressed concern over attacks on religious minorities in India and called on the U.S. to include matters of religious freedom in future strategic dialogues with India. In recent years, Hindu nationalism has gained support across India and has led to a dramatic rise in violence against Christians and other religious minorities. The abuse of anti-forced conversion laws and several Indian states also have many Christians concerned that the persecution of Christian is becoming institutionalized. Please pray that the U.S. promotes the right to religious freedom in its future dialogues with India.
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
A Gospel for Asia Bridget of Hope center in India was forced to close amidst death threats and mob violence in mid-November. On November 16, a mob of more than 300 people protested the existence of the Christian mission in their area and called for the center to close as soon as possible. After the center didn't close immediately, the mob returned bearing weapons threatening to take the lives of the center workers. This marks another escalation in anti-Christian sentiment in India.
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Christianity grew in India from 24 million strong in 2001 to over 71 million in 2013. Much of this rapid growth has taken place among Indians coming from middle class and high class families, especially among India's youth. Traditionally, Indians from marginalized, low class and low caste were most open to the Gospel, but it would seem that the Gospel is finding traction among all classes and castes. Please pray for the continued growth of the Gospel in India and the rise in persecution these new Christians face.
Friday, November 15th, 2013
Christianity is now growing rapidly among the middle and high caste peoples of India despite the growth of anti-Christian bias across the country. Now with a Christian community 71 million strong, India is the 8th largest Christian nation on the planet. It is also considered on of the most unreached places in the world due to its vast size and diverse ethnic and cultural society. Please pray for the continued growth of the Christian community in India.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
India has an international reputation for its religious diversity and tolerance. Unfortunately, facts on the ground in many states in India don't support that reputation. Over the past years, intolerance against religious minorities, including Christians, has grown significantly with the rise of Hindu nationalism. Social hostility and the enactment of "anti-forced conversion laws" in many states in India highlight this rise in intolerance. Will the world continue to ignore this development or will someone finally demand India to respect its religious minorities?
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
The recent growth in Christian persecution in India was highlighted in a prayer vigil held outside the India High Commission in London on Monday, November 11. Attacks and social discrimination against Christians has increased in India because of the rise of Hindu nationalism. More and more, Christians in India are finding it difficult to practice their Christian faith free from violence or social pressure. Please pray for the persecuted Christians of India today.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
Over the past year, Christian persecution in India has continued to spread. Fueled by Hindu nationalism, Christian communities are more and more portrayed as followers of foreign religions, denying India's true Hindu national identity. Not only are Christians being attacked by intolerant elements within India's Hindu population, laws limiting Christian pastors are being passed in states across India, giving Hindu extremist a legal pretext to attack and intimidate. Please pray for the persecuted of India today.
Monday, November 4th, 2013
Last month's conviction and sentencing of 7 Christians charged with the murder of a Hindu cleric in India only shows that anti-Christian biases are alive and well in India's northeastern state of Orissa. With very little evidence and after 5 years of delays, the trial court in Phulbani, Orissa finally passed judgment on this case. Unfortunately, the judgment passed was likely skewed by anti-Christian sentiments. Days after convicting the 7 Christians, a court in the same city dismissed a case against a group of Hindus accused of burning down a church in the 2008 anti-Christian riots that swept across Orissa following the murder of the Hindu cleric the 7 Christians have now been convicted of killing.
Friday, November 1st, 2013
Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation. While Christians and Muslims have generally coexisted peacefully, an Islamist insurgency in the North has subjected a great many of Nigeria's Christians to persecution. The Pew Research study referenced here indicates that Nigeria may hold the largest number of persecuted Christians on Earth.
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
A court in India's northeastern state of Orissa acquitted 54 people who were accused of participating in an anti-Christian riot that lead to the burning of Odia Baptist Church and 14 Christian homes in the village of Barkhama in 2007. This anti-Christian riot was only a small prelude to the mass violence that would be visited upon the Christian community of Orissa only a year later in 2008. After the murder of Swami Saraswati, Christians in Orissa were singled out by the Swami's radical followers and for 3 months were the targets of mob violence. At the beginning of October, 7 Christian men falsely accused of the Swami's murder were sentenced to life in prison in a trial that was 5 years delayed and anything but free and fair. These two court decisions illustrate the discrimination and persecution of Christians that still exists in Orissa 5 years after the 2008 riots.
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Members of an Assembly of God church were attacked on October 27 by a mob of radical Hindus. According to reports, the attackers disrupted a prayer service and severely beat the pastor leading the prayer. After beating the pastor, the radicals dragged him to a police station and attempted to file a case against the pastor for forcefully converting Hindus to Christianity. Because this church as been attacked in the past, the police recognized this as an incident of persecution and arrested the radicals. In the future, the police will keep several security guards outside the church during Sunday worship to avoid this incident happening again.
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
A community of believers in Belgaum, India was intimidated by both police and Hindu extremists after holding their Sunday worship service in a new location. According to the believers, they are in need of a larger facility to conduct Sunday worship. After coming to an agreement with a local assembly hall, the believers held their service in the new location. Police and around 200 Hindu radicals came and attempted to intimidate the believers into vacating the new location. Please pray for this persecuted community.
Monday, October 21st, 2013
Christians living in the small village of Taragaon, located in central India, have been resisting pressure from Hindu extremist groups to abandoned their Christian faith. The extremist groups started by attacking the Christian community's gathering placing and destroying it. When the Christians started holding their worship services in their homes, the extremists started demonstrating outside. Marching around with Hindu idols, demanding the Christians to come out of their homes and worship the idols. Please pray for the endurance of this persecuted community.
Monday, October 21st, 2013
The attorneys of 7 Christians wrongly convicted for the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in Orissa, India have spoken out declaring the court's decision "biased and unfounded." Since the 2008 murder, a local Maoist group has attempted to take responsibility for the murder twice. Both attempts have been ignored by the courts in Orissa, who have focused on delaying and denying justice to 7 Christian men they arrested, reportedly at random, shortly after the murder of Saraswati. After 5 years of delays, the court convicted and sentenced these 7 men to life in prison with little to no evidence supporting the court's decision and ignoring evidence that ran against it.
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
7 Christian prisoners falsely accused of killing a Hindu cleric in 2008 hare set to appeal the life sentences handed down by a court in India earlier this month. These 7 Christian men have been imprisoned without bail for the past 5 years as their trials were arbitrarily delayed. At the end of 5 years, they were given a trial that was anything but fair. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and their families.
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Hindu nationalists in India continue to press their violent attack on Christians with impunity, revealing the frailty of the judicial system and creating concern over the future of religious freedom in the country.