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VOMC – According to a March 22 report by VOMC partner, the All-India Christian Council, an unruly mob of Hindu activists attacked and severely beat up three pastors in Nellore , Andhra Pradesh on March 19.

The incident took place as local Christians were concluding a Gospel rally in the Pappula bazaar of Nellore . Without provocation, a mob of around thirty Hindu militants, led by Santosh Kumar, attacked the pastors and their church members. Even children were not spared by the attackers.

The pastors, N. Nirmal Raj, T. Timothy and A. Ruben, received grave injuries in the attack and were admitted to a local hospital. This is apparently the first time that the Christian community has been attacked in this manner in Nellore .

Please pray for the healing of Pastors N. Nirmal Raj, T. Timothy and A. Ruben. Pray that local authorities will take this attack seriously and seek to bring to justice those responsible. Pray that the church will continue to grow in Nellore despite this attack. Pray that the local believers will be emboldened by this opposition to be even more open about their faith in Christ.