Persecuted Christians 2008-- Facts on Violence in India
Please pray for India and the persecuted there. CMM is sending a team there soon and we need your prayers. Pray about joining us in prayers, finances, and for the love of the one true God to shine in India.
This report and powerpoint comes from a dear brother and leader in India.
Respected brethren in the Lord Jesus Christ,
Greetings in the sweet name of our Savior who said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-20
The nation of India is perplexed. The Church of God, irrespective of denominational difference, is attacked by the state governments, police, anti Christians – the enemies of the Cross. The national government, that is supposed to protect us, is a silent spectator. The enemy is determined to destroy us and wipe out the Church. One of their leaders boldly said after visiting Orissa that 'Christianity was birthed and flourished with the death of Jesus Christ. But now it will die in India with the death of our swami.'
The effects of the violence in Orissa:
ð 14 of 30 districts affected
ð In 14 districts of Orissa, 300 villages attacked and Christians are reeling in pain
ð Over 4,000 houses destroyed
ð Over 50,000 people affected
ð Over 40,000 people are hiding in forests
ð Over 12,000 are in Government refugee camps. A further 1,000 in private camps.
ð 5 people missing
ð 45 confirmed dead
ð 10 Pastors/Priests/Nuns seriously injured
ð Over 18,000 men & women injured (most in the forests)
ð At least 56 churches attacked, and still counting
ð 4 Schools and colleges attacked
The violence spread to Karnataka and MP. Now even Kerala has been attacked.
What should we do? Will this happen in other pockets too? What the church should do?