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Christians in India are growing deeper in their faith despite facing severe persecution one church planter has told One News Now. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have dramatically increased since 2014 with the election of the BJP-led government. This rise in persecution has forced many Christians to decide between their faith and a comfortable life. Will this trend of persecution and faith continue? 

07/29/2017 India (One News Now) – A church planter in India says Christians in the Hindu-majority country are growing stronger in their faith despite severe persecution.

According to Open Doors USA, Christians in India are in more danger now as violence in the first six months of this year has already doubled from 2016. In addition, Christians were stunned a couple of weeks ago when a pastor was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Rev. Sandeep Kumar is involved in the church-planting movement near New Delhi. He says extremists are trying to intimidate believers.

“They want to create a kind of fear into the life of Christians that they should not follow the Christ,” he tells OneNewsNow.

Despite the murder of the pastor in Ludhiana (in the Indian state of Punjab), Kumar says the faith of believers in India is strengthened.

“Surely this has not weakened us but it is strengthening us and helping us to how we need to get together in the Lord and grow in the Lord and pray for each other and lift up each other in prayer,” he offers.

“[In fact] this is motivating people to come closer to look to the Lord in prayer and to depend on the Lord – and the people are growing [as a result].”

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