September 9th 2008 No comments yet
Hindu extremists have incited widespread violence against Christians in the Indian state of Orissa. Reports from Orissa tell of dozens of churches destroyed, Christians driven from their homes, pastors beaten, and over twenty martyrs. Thousands of Christians are hiding in forests, afraid to return to their homes and villages. The violence erupted after a Hindu swami was assassinated by a radical Marxist group and the blame was cast on Christians. Police and other state authorities have frequently refused to intervene and offer any protection for Christians or for churches. The persecution is some of the worst seen in India for generations and threatens to spread to other states. SCC continues to support extensive ministries in Chhattisgarh, a state bordering Orissa. In fact, Chhattisgarh is similar to Orissa socially and culturally. News of scattered acts of violence against Christians in Chhattisgarh has been made known.
We are asking SCC members and friends to pray for our brothers and sisters in Orissa and Chhattisgarh. Pray that God’s hand of protection would cover all of the believers and churches in these two states. Pray for justice to be brought against those who commit acts of violence. Pray for the gospel of the Lord Jesus to become even more widely known through the courage and compassion of Christians facing these uncertain and violent days.
We are in regular contact with our friends in Chhattisgarh. We desire to help in whatever way possible and we await their direction before taking action. Right now is the time to PRAY!
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