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Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Christian persecution continues to spread to new states in India. On January 11, a Christian pastor in the state of Andhra Pradesh was lured out of his home by a group of suspected Hindu radicals, stabbed and beaten severely. The pastor died in the hospital two days after suffering the brutal attack. Please pray for the family the pastor leaves behind and for other Christians living in India who face similar threats of extremism and hate.
Monday, January 13th, 2014
Hindu nationalism continues to drive the issue of Christian persecution in India. In a recent controversy over the issue of a U.S. preacher holding a conference in India, Hindu nationalists attempted to block the preachers conference by getting local courts to disallow him from traveling to India all together. Fortunately, the court ruled in favor of the right of religious freedom and the freedom of speech and has approved the preacher's conference. Although many nationalists promised not to resort to violence or cause commotion during the conference, there is still fears that some of the more extreme nationalists will attempt to disrupt the conference by any means necessary.
Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Christian and Muslim Dalits in India do not enjoy equal rights as Dalits from Hindu, Buddhist and other tribal groups. Christians leaders have vowed to protest against this discriminatory practice until the government grants equal rights to Dalits coming from all religious backgrounds. On December 11, Christian and Muslim leaders marched in protest in India. The peaceful protest was broken up by police wielding batons and water canons on nuns and priests. In the end, over 400 people were arrested for their involvement in the march. Despite these barbaric tactics, the protestors have vowed to keep up the fight against inequality.
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
On December 11, a large march on India's capital led by Christian and Muslims leaders was broken up by brutal police tactics. These protestors were demanding equal rights for Muslim and Christian Dalits. Police broke up the protest with batons and water cannons, arresting over 400 people including priests and nuns when all was said an done. Now, the Archbishop of Delhi is speaking out against the discrimination faced by Christian and Muslim Dalits and the mistreatment he experienced at the hands of the Indian police.
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
Christian persecution in India continues to be fueled by Hindu nationalism as Hindu nationalist group gain power in the government and India's majority Hindu population. On December 16, a small evangelical church in southern India was attacked by a mob of Hindu radicals. These radicals beat the pastor and his family savagely for the successful outreach work they had been doing in their village. After beating the pastor and his wife, the mob moved on and attacked the church itself. In the end, the mob burnt down the church and everything in it. Anti-Christian violence like this is becoming more common across India. Please pray for the victims of this attack and for all Indian Christians.
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Christians and other religious minorities observed Minorities Rights Day in India on December 18. As a part of the key note speech, the leaders of the celebration noted how India's government continues to deny equal rights to Christians and Muslims. It also highlighted the persecution faced by these two groups as Hindu nationalists gain power in India's government and Hindu community.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
The desecration of a hundred-year-old crucifix in a suburb of Mumbai, India has left many Christians in that community stunned and hurt. On December 15, unknown vandals tore down the religious icon and smashed it to pieces. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this church has been vandalized. In September, another religious icon was vandalized and looted from the church. The leadership of the church is calling on their followers to forgive the vandals, but also expressed concern over the state of intolerance in their locality.
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Christian leaders in India have denounced police attempts to disburse a peaceful demonstration led by Christians and Muslims demanding equal rights for Christian and Muslim Dalits. Police reportedly sprayed the demonstrators with muddy water and beat those that were not driven away by the fire hoses. Over 400 demonstrators were arrested including bishops, nuns and leaders from other religious groups. Although India's government has openly apologized for the mishandling of the demonstrations, Christian and Muslim Dalits continue to be denied equality.
Monday, December 16th, 2013
A 133-year-old statue of Jesus at St. Francis Xavier Church of Santa Cruz was intentionally vandalized in a suburb of Mumbai, India. Many Christian rights groups have strongly condemned the desecration and have called on local police to bring the culprits to justice. Religious intolerance is growing in India and now Christians in the suburbs of India's major cities are beginning to see the signs of the change in culture. Much of the intolerance can be traced back to the recent rise of Hindu nationalism in both India's society and government.
Sunday, December 15th, 2013
Two Christian women have been arrested and intimidated for handing out Christian pamphlets in India's southwestern state of Karnataka. Christians in India continue to experience rising levels of persecution as Hindu nationalists gain influence in India's government and society. Please pray for these two women.
Friday, December 13th, 2013
India's Prime Minster has publicly apologized for allowing priests and nuns to be sprayed with fire hoses and beaten by police officers on Wednesday. The nuns, priests and other activists were participating in a peaceful march on the Parliament building in Delhi highlighting the inequality of Christian and Muslim Dalits. As these peaceful demonstrators marched, police sprayed them with fire hoses, beat them with batons and arrested over 400 participants. please pray that this apology leads to the change much needed by the Christian and Muslim Dalit communities in India.
Friday, December 13th, 2013
The 2008 anti-Christian riots that swept across India's northeastern state of Orissa was the most brutal and violent attack Christians have faced in India's history. Although the attack was devastating, many Christians showed the steadfastness of their faith in the face radical mob violence. This testament to the Christian faith has actually led many members of the Hindu community in Orissa to convert to the Christian faith. Christians continue to suffer in Orissa, but the strength of their faith is a shining example to the world.
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Christian leaders participating in a peaceful march on the Indian Parliament in Delhi were attacked and beaten by police Wednesday. These Christian leaders, including bishops and nuns, were marching to highlight the inequality of Dalit/Low-Caste Christians and Muslims in India. Dalit Hindus are given many rights and privileges by the Indian government because they come from a traditionally low-caste family. These rights and privileges are designed to bring their families out of the low caste, giving them better economic opportunities in India. Unfortunately, these rights and privileges only apply to Dalit Hindus and are not given to Dalits coming from other faith backgrounds.
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.