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Pastor and His Wife Arrested For Charges of Conversion

By James Varghese

8/9/07 India (ANS) — A pastor and his wife have been arrested on charges of conversion on Thursday, August 9th, in the Bijapur district of Karnataka State, India .

The incident took place as Pastor Victor Paul and his wife Glory were on an outreach doing door to door evangelism, distributing gospel pamphlets in Jala nagar area of Bijapur district. As they went around they came across a man who runs a grocery store in the area. This person requested Pastor Paul to visit his house.

Pastor Paul and his wife went inside his house and shared the gospel with the members of his family and suddenly the man, and one of his colleagues, started to beat the pastor. They badly hit him on his face and head. Then they took their photograph and took them on a rickshaw to the nearby police station. The man lodged a complaint against them on the charges of conversion. The police then arrested the pastor and his wife from his house by 7.30 p.m.

The arrested pastor and his wife will be taken to the Third Judicial First class Magistrate court tomorrow (Friday, August 10). Until then they will remain in Police custody.

Talking to ANS Pastor Paul said, “I request each and every member in the Body of Christ to pray for our release at the earliest.”

Details of the Pastor:

Pastor Victor Paul ministers at a church called Rehoboth House of Worship at S.R colony, Bijapur in Karnataka state in India . He has ministry networks in two other places called Yogapur and Amar Colony. His church has a congregation of 40 members. He has been doing the ministry in this place since one and half years. He has two children named Sam and Vinay.