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Orissa Christians thirsting for the Word of God, says ministry

ICC Note

The persecuted Christians in Orissa are asking for more Christian literatures instead of any other material things. This clearly shows how the Lord has strengthened their faith despite the persecution they face.

By: John Malhotra

04/30/2009 India (Christian Today)-)More than food and water, the food for thought from the Bible is what victims of Kandhamal violence demanding, says a Christian ministry.

According to the Audio Scripture Ministries (ASM), “instead of requesting food and blankets and things like that, which they desperately need,” people request “God’s Word so they can listen to the Scriptures.”

“They realize that if there’s going to be any joy in anything that comes into their lives, it will come through God’s Word,” ASM’s Executive Director Tom Dudenhofer says.

“That really gets us excited, to see the power of God’s Word demonstrated in the requests of these believers…who want to listen to God’s Word right in the middle of these tough times,” he adds.

Most of the victims are unable to read the word of God, and therefore audio provides them with encouragement and hope, says the ministry.

There are still over 3,000 Christians in Kandhamal relief camps where the living conditions are said to be very appalling. Some of them have also complained of being constantly intimidated by Hindu extremists who demand their conversion to Hinduism.

Over 50,000 were rendered homeless during the violence in the aftermath of the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmananda Saraswati.

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