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(ANS) – Prayers are urgently requested for Pastor Kumar, a GFA native missionary in the south Indian state of Karnataka, who is right now facing a life-and-death situation.
“After his graduation from a Bible college, he and his wife Sonia moved to an unreached village and began their ministry together, sharing the love of Jesus with those who had never heard His name. Over the past two years the Lord has given them growth: Not only has their baby boy become a happy little toddler, but today more than 40 new believers gather to worship the living God in the church he has established,”
But Pastor Kumar has received threats from anti-Christian fundamentalist groups over the past several weeks. Yesterday those threats escalated into a full-scale demonstration, said Yohhanan. “One of our senior leaders notified me just a few hours ago that a mob went to each house in Kumar’s village, threatening anyone who went to church this Sunday-they would break their arms and legs, and kill them. Finally they came to Pastor Kumar’s home and beat him. Before leaving, they delivered their ultimatum: If he conducted Sunday services this weekend, they would kill him in front of his wife and son.” The police have said that they couldn’t help; this mob was too large and the pastor should do whatever he wanted to do.