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GFA Bible College Students Beaten by Extremists

Gospel for Asia

9/17/07 India (ANS) – Six Gospel for Asia Bible college students were assaulted by anti-Christian extremists September 15. The incident occurred in the west Indian state of Gujarat while the students were passing out literature and telling people about the Lord.

A group of anti-Christian extremists approached six of the students who were working on one team and accosted them. The extremists accused the students of trying to convert people to Christianity. Gujarat is home to a major stronghold of the most vocal anti-Christian extremist group in India . The state also has an anti-conversion law, which severely limits the ability of its citizens to leave the country’s traditional religions.

When their peers inquired about their condition, the men who were beaten said it was a good experience for them, and they praised the Lord that they were released without any additional problems.

During the attack, the extremists also seized and burned the Gospel tracts, Bibles and other books the students were carrying. Then they took the students to the police station. One student managed to escape during the scuffle and went to get help from GFA leaders at the college. When the leaders made it back to the police station, they found that the students had been released and no charges had been filed.

The students suffered some minor bruising as a result of the attack. When their peers inquired about their condition, the men who were beaten said it was a good experience for them, and they praised the Lord that they were released without any additional problems.

GFA leaders at the Bible college ask for prayers that God would bless the students and give them the courage to continue serving the Lord. Prayer is also requested for the first-year students, that they would not be disheartened by the incident.