Remember the Suffering
Ever since anti-Christian riots
On November 15, around 50,000 followers of extremist Hindu groups held a rally. They made 3 demands of the local government: 1) Arrest the killers of their spiritual leader, Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati. 2) Stop all Christian conversions and the slaughtering of cows in Orissa. 3) Grant national awards to the slain Swami for his service, like those granted to famed Catholic nun Mother Teresa. They even declared that if the Government fails to meet their demands by December 15, they will organize a state-wide strike on December 25 that will shut down transportation and commercial activity, and even prevent Christians from celebrating Christmas.
Extremist Hindu followers are systematically forcing Christians
to change their religion. They use different threats to compel Christians to
deny Jesus Christ and convert to Hinduism. They have taken over church
buildings and erected Hindu temples in their place. Employing bribes and brain-washing
tactics, they have incited some Dalit boys from the Untouchables caste to
persecute Christians. Money, food, foreign liquor and weapons are offered as
incentives to murder Christians. The marauders are even provided with kerosene
so as to destroy the Christians’ homes. Right now, tens of thousands of
Christians are still hiding in the forests, afraid to return home. Even if they
risked death to return, their homes would lie in ruins, and they would once
again face pressure to deny their Christian faith and convert to Hinduism. A
Christian woman was threatened by her neighbours to convert or her children
would be burned to death before her eyes. Rioters would routinely pour kerosene
on the bodies of Christians and threaten to burn them alive if they do not
convert. According to Faiz Rahman, chairman of Good News
1. Pray that God would use His Word to comfort and strengthen the families of those killed in Orissa, so that they would remain steadfast in Him amidst intense suffering.
2. Pray that God would heal those Christians wounded in the persecution, and use their testimony for His glory.
3. Pray that God would save the people hiding in the jungles and relief camps, and that they would soon receive needed aid supplies.
Pray that the GFA’s
5. Pray for the extremist and militant groups who are opposing the Gospel to come to know Jesus and receive the grace of salvation.
To learn more details about the foregoing, please see the following web pages:
(The origins of the persecution of
Christians in Orissa are described in the Shepherd’s Voice of