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(ANS) – A church affiliated with Gospel for Asia has been burned to the ground by insurgents. According to a news release from Gospel for Asia (GFA), this is the third attack on the building this year and the sixth time it has been targeted by arsonists. GFA officials said that police are investigating the April 19 attack on the Believers Church located in the Thoubal district in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. Four Christians associated with the church were injured in the violence, including one man who had to be hospitalized for his injuries. “Such opposition is a daily fact of life for our missionaries on the front lines in many parts of Asia ,” said Gospel for Asia Founder and President K.P. Yohannan in a news release. “I ask the body of Christ pray daily for their persecuted brothers and sisters in these situations.” In an emergency meeting, Christian leaders in Manipur agreed to form an Inter-Church Peace Council and contact the state’s Minorities Commission. According to ministry officials, the Believers Church had been previously attacked twice this year, and a local court had ordered police to provide security while reconstruction took place. However, according to the GFA news release, a local newspaper reported that opponents have warned church members to abandon the premises or “face the consequences.” Church officials vowed to rebuild.

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