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 May 24, 2012 3:32 AM

Bomb Attack and Church Closures Spark Fears of Increased Persecution
A bomb exploded on May 15th in Ambon, Indonesia, injuring 55 people, many of them Christians. Elsewhere in the country, fears of a government crackdown are growing among the Christian community following the election in April of a hard-line Islamic governor in Aceh Province.
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 March 30, 2012 6:47 AM

Parents, Islamic Extremists, Beat Young Woman in India
Rekha Khatoon cast out of her home early this month for daring to give thanks in Christ's name for her healing. Then, on March 9, her parents helped Islamic extremists beat her nearly unconscious. "I boldly told those who beat me up that I may leave my parents, but that I will not leave Jesus," Khatoon said. "Jesus has healed me, and I cannot forget Him."
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 January 19, 2012 4:17 PM

Karnataka Most Dangerous State in India for Christians
"Battered and Bruised …," is how the Christian community was described in the Evangelical Fellowship of India's annual report. The Global Council of Indian Christians documented at least six anti-Christian attacks just between Christmas Eve 2011 and New Year's Day. In one instance, Christians were beaten with wooden clubs as they celebrated Christmas; at least 20 believers were injured in the attack.
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 December 11, 2010 5:33 AM

Two years after the Maoist assassination of Hindu nationalist leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and the ensuing violence that killed more than 100 people and 4,640 houses, 252 churches and 13 educational institutions, Christians in India's Orissa state are still facing pressure to revert to Hinduism.

 

According to an investigation led by human rights activists, "Despite the state administration's claim of normalcy, a state of lawlessness and utter fear and sense of insecurity" is prevalent among the Christians in Kandhamal district who experienced anti-Christian violence in 2008.

In Bodimunda village in Tikabali, a pastor was forced to convert to Hinduism by threats against his elderly mother who could not escape any violence because she is unable to walk. Hindu nationals have also banned any vehicle from transporting Christians or their belongings.


"We are not allowed to bring in provisions or medicines," said an anonymous local Christian, "nor are we allowed to buy anything from local shops; since we do not have any shops of our own, we are struggling to survive."

Christians are forced to display pictures of Hindu gods to protect their families from retaliation, and the local authorities do little to prevent the violence. Many Christians in the area believe that local officials colluded with local Hindu nationalists against them.

These examples show that two years after the Dalit Christian population in Orissa was falsely accused and terrorized for the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, they still face daily fears of reprisal and violence.

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 December 11, 2010 5:32 AM

Please do not tell people that persecuted Christians are just putting pressure on people and that they are just litigated. The news are put on is real, verified and from legitimate sources!!!!!!
Persecution is real and people are dying everyday from persecution. Their pain is real, their fear is real, and they are in need of our support, not fabricated stories nor your criticism. People put their lives in danger to help persecuted Christians and it is an insult to say that persecution isn't real!
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now the root for prosecution November 01, 2010 4:56 PM

There is no bar if some one accepts any religion suo-motto. But pressure for conversion from one religion to others most create litigation for us.

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 April 30, 2010 7:34 AM

India Hindu Militants Attack Evangelical Christians
Christians around the world meet so much resistance from all sides just trying to worship God and spread the Word. We have to remember the strength that our faith provides us and that solidarity as Christians can move mountains. This story is a perfect example of this.
 
The church in central India was able to celebrate Easter despiteHindu Militant harassment from Hindu militants and the local police. The Apostolic Christian Assemblies in Madhya Pradesh was accused of forcefully converting Hindus to Christianity by Dharma Sena, a hard line Hindu group.
 
At least 36 members of Dharma Sena broke into Palm Sunday services chanting Hindu slogans. The police soon followed and arrested Pastor Francis Xavier two associate pastors and four church members.

"Prior to the attack, the area Dharma Sena leader Yogesh Agarwal filed a police complaint against the Christian of conversion activities" and "then marched towards the church with about 35 Dharam Sena members" to carry out the attack.


After the pastor's arrest, approximately 100 Christians marched to the police station carrying banners that said "Masih Shakti Samiti", or "People with Christ's power." The police eventually relented and released Pastor Xavier and the others after admitting that "the allegations against them were false and baseless."
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 March 24, 2010 9:52 PM

Christians Face 1,000 Attacks in 500 Days in Karnataka, India  

Minority Christians in southern Karnataka state are under an unprecedented wave of Christian persecution, having faced more than 1,000 attacks in 500 days, according to an independent investigation by a former judge of the Karnataka High Court. “Attacks are taking place every day,” Justice Michael Saldanha reported to Compass News.

The latest attack took place on Wednesday, March 17, when a mob of around 150 people led by Hindu extremists stormed the funeral of a 50-year-old Christian. As the funeral service was about to begin, the mob pulled the coffin apart and desecrated the cross that the relatives of the deceased were carrying.  They threw the body into a tractor and dumped it outside, saying his burial would have contaminated Indian soil.

Karnataka Home Minister V.S. Acharya denied the results of the inquiry. “The allegation of Karnataka having faced 1,000 attacks is absolutely false,” Acharya stated. “Karnataka is the most peaceful state in India, and the people are law-abiding.”

Father, we ask that You would put an end to these attacks in Karnataka. Please help the state government to stop denying reality, and give them wisdom to understand the inhumanity of what is taking place there. We pray for the Christians who are continually suffering for Your sake, and we ask that Your Holy Spirit would strengthen them daily.  Thank you for their faith and courage, and help us to boldly continue to support them in steadfast prayer.

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The Prayer Force Team

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 January 06, 2010 12:11 PM

January 6, 2010

Dear Donna

Violence in India Continued Unabated in 2009

After large scale attacks in 2007 and 2008, it was hoped there would be a respite in 2009 for the Christians in India, who number approximately 24 million, or roughly 2.3 percent of the population.  However, Compass Direct News reports that Christians faced an average of more than three violent attacks per week by Hindu extremists according to the “Partial List of Major Incidents of Anti-Christian Violence in India” released by the Evangelical Fellowship of India.

Orissa State, after the extreme violence in 2008, experienced only 2 attacks during the past year. However few, who were responsible for the extreme violence, were brought to justice.  In addition the rebuilding of burned structures including homes and churches has been slow.  The Christian community remains vulnerable and morale is low.

One alarming new trend this past year was that out of 152 incidents of violence recorded, over half were in southern India, long considered to be a place of refuge for Christians.  Political groups such as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sang, the Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council or VHP) are a source of much of the harassment Christians experience.  In an interview with Compass, Emmanuel of the Delhi Archdiocese, said “Christianity teaches us to hope in God.  We can only hope that 2010 will be a better year for Christians.”
 

Father, as we enter the new year, the situation in India seems grave. We call upon you to bring about justice for the oppressed and comfort for those who suffer.  And even in the midst of persecution, we pray that Your gospel message of redemption and hope would spread through this land.

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 November 30, 2009 4:40 AM

MASSIVE ‘RECONVERSION’ EVENT IN INDIA AIMED AT CHRISTIANS: Hundreds of tribal Christians and adherents of aboriginal religion from villages in Maharashtra state were reportedly “reconverted” to Hinduism yesterday in the Mumbai suburb of Thane at a ceremony led by a Hindu nationalist cleric. Full Story>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 12, 2009 7:52 PM

>Threats intensify as India's Christians 
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 November 12, 2009 7:47 PM

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 November 06, 2009 11:10 PM

FLARE IN BJP-RUN MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA: Since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in Madhya Pradesh in December 2003, Christians in the state have suffered increased attacks and concerted efforts to tarnish their image, church leaders said. Full Story>>

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 October 14, 2009 9:22 PM

   

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 October 14, 2009 9:21 PM

ear Donna,  

Indian Pastor Attacked by Hindu Extremist 

Three strikes to the back of his head and Pastor Vanamali Pareshudham fell unconscious.  After 8 days the police still had made no arrests.  The attack is presumed to have been at the hand of Hindu extremist RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) who opposed his preaching and the new prayer house he recently opened in Narketpalli, Andhra Pradish state.  Pareshudham has experienced fierce persecution, even from his parents, since his conversion to Christianity 6 years ago.  

Andhra Pradish state has reported 14 acts of anti-Christian violence this year from January through August.  Pastor Pareshudham says, “I am afraid and fear facing more attacks in the future, but I will continue to preach and go to the prayer house.”

Father, thank you that Your gospel is being preached in power and authority by Pastor Pareshudham and others in India.  Protect these pastors and their families.  In the midst of their persecution, cause what was meant for evil to multiply Your work through-out India and ignite within Your servants courage to continue speaking boldly.     

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 October 02, 2009 7:24 PM

ORISSA LETTER CAMPAIGN UPDATE: This past August marked the one-year anniversary of the outbreak of anti-Christian violence in Orissa, India, which was started when Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda was assassinated. Representatives Emmanuel Cleaver and Trent Franks co-sponsored a letter to the Chief Minister of Orissa State to address the compromised situation in which many Christians continue to face insecurity and injustice. Thank you to those who contacted their representatives to sign this letter! We are happy to report that 21 members of Congress signed on to this letter.  View the final letter >>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 17, 2009 8:19 PM

Dear Donna,  

On the night of Sept. 29, 2008, Hindu extremists attacked Christians in the village of Rudangia, India.  The extremists came with axes, machetes and homemade guns. They set fire to 74 houses. One woman was killed and a dozen hospitalized. A total of 230 families were left homeless.  What makes Rudangia special is that the Christian community refused to be sent to a refugee camp far from home.  Instead they insisted on being able to return to an encampment on their own land. Three denominations now worship in the only church with a roof still standing. Persecution has brought these believers together.

Justice in Orissa state is progressing slowly.  Just last week, a Fast Track court sentenced six people to four years of “rigorous imprisonment” and a fine of 2,000 rupees (US $41) each for their role in the anti-Christian violence.  The total number of convictions has now increased to 12. Of the 831 cases filed since the attacks, approximately 300 have been dropped due to insufficient evidence and 42 have been acquitted.  The two Fast Track courts are expected to deliver more verdicts soon; witnesses, however, have been reluctant to testify.  

Use your voice and help bring justice, be part of the Orissa 1-Year Anniversary Campaign.  Please email your representative today and ask him/her to sign a congressional letter co-sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks and Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver to the Chief Minister of Orissa, Navin Patnaik.  Additional information including an informative video is available online.

Father we pray for justice and for the truth to prevail in India. Pray for the families who have lost their homes, we ask that You provide sustenance for them.  We pray for the village of Rudangia, specifically for the church leaders, that through their unity, they will be a witness of Your love.      

Today, September 16, marks the twenty-sixth day of Ramadan Tonight is one of the holiest nights commonly referred to as “The Night of Power”; this event commemorates Mohammed’s first revelation of the Koran.  Many Muslims during this time are more open to visions and dreams. 

Father we ask that Your presence flow into the hearts of Muslims.  May You break down the walls that blind them and allow them to see Your truth. Ma

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 September 17, 2009 8:14 PM

Dear Friend of the Persecuted,

There’s still a small window of time to seek justice for oppressed Christians in Orissa, India.

Just over a year ago Hindu extremists launched a violent attack on Christians.

The cruelty was too immense for words. Humiliated, violated, beaten and martyred. Those who survived were forced to flee their homes.

It all began with a setup. Christians in the surrounding community were blamed for the assassination of Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda.

120 Christians murdered, 250 Christian churches demolished and now over 50,000 displaced people looking for a home.
But you can help change this.

In an effort to seek justice for victims of the violent attacks in Orissa last year, Representative Trent Franks (R-CA) and Representative Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO) have jointly sponsored a letter to the Chief Minister of Orissa, Navin Patnaik.

Please take a moment to send a message to your representative asking him or her to sign the letter to the Chief Minister of Orissa. To date, 11 U.S. Representatives have signed on to the letter.

The more support the letter has, the greater the pressure is placed on the Chief Minister to take action on behalf of persecuted Christians in Orissa.

Advocating with you,

Lindsay Vessey




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 September 09, 2009 6:53 AM

ndia Hindu Militants Attack Christian Training Meeting

Another violent attack on Christians in India is raising concerns about whether the Indian government is taking appropriate action to support religious freedom.
 
The brutal attack left at least four pastors seriously injured and eight missing. It began late on the August 11 when dozens of hard-line Hindu militants from Sri Ram Sena ('Lord Ram's Army') and the youth wing of Visva Hindu Parisad ('World Hindu Council') broke into a conference facility where a "Teacher's Training Program" was being hosted by the Seva Bharath Mission India. Bangalore-based Global Council of Indian Christians, a Christian advocacy group, reports that none of the 50 male pastors or 24 young women attending the conference were safe from the terrorists violence.
 
"Even the young women...between 17-23 years...were not spared," GCIC said. "They were humiliated with verbal abuses and man-handled by the attackers. All their Bibles and mobile phones were confiscated."

Pastor Joseph Christopher escaped and attempted to get help from local police. Pastor Christopher states the police response was "indifferent" and that police only watched as the militants burned Bibles.
 
The police then detained many of the pastors after the militants accused them of "forcible conversion" and "denigrating Hindu gods." All but eight of the pastors where eventually released. The eight pastors identified as Vasant Kumar Hanoka, Simon Rathnappa, Basavaraj Rudappa, Madhan Kumar Yamanappa, Prakash Arjun Kagwadar, Jayraj Shiromani, Vijay Mayekar and Kumaraswamy Govindappa, are still missing after being charged with unlawful assembly, rioting, criminal conspiracy and "acts intended to outrage religious feelings by insulting religion or religious beliefs."
 
This comes as a devastating set-back for the Seva Bharath Mission India. The program is well known in the area for helping to promote adult literacy and education programs for all ages. The training program was organized to train the men and women attending to teach to help expand these education programs.

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 September 08, 2009 4:45 PM

Dear Donna,

Now is your chance to give a voice to oppressed Christians in Orissa, India.

Just over a year has passed since Hindu extremists launched a horrendous attack on Christians.

The suffering was too immense for words. Humiliated, violated, beaten and martyred. Those who survived were forced to flee their homes.

It all started with a setup. The blame for the assassination of Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda fell on Christians in the surrounding community.

120 Christians murdered, 250 Christian churches demolished and now over 50,000 displaced people looking for a home.

But you can help change this.

In response to this outbreak of violence, Rep. Trent Franks and Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver have co-sponsored a letter to the Chief Minister of Orissa, Navin Patnaik.

Take one minute to send a message to your representative asking him or her to sign the letter to the Chief Minister of Orissa.

The more support the letter has, the greater the pressure is placed on the Chief Minister to take action on behalf of persecuted Christians in Orissa.

Advocating with you,

Lindsay Vessey




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 August 31, 2009 5:10 AM

Orissa Video and MP3 Recording of Orissa Conference Call Watch the Orissa video which shows interviews and footage of damaged caused by last year's events. If you were unable to join our special conference call earlier this week to hear an update on Orissa from Open Doors President, Dr. Moeller, and to join in a time of prayer, you can download and listen to a recording of the call.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 31, 2009 5:05 AM

TELLING MARY'S STORY-ORISSA ONE YEAR LATER: I don’t know Mary Nayak personally, but I feel a real connection with this young mother after reading her compelling story. Now she is my sister, my sister in Christ, even though she lives thousands of miles away in India. Full Story>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 31, 2009 5:02 AM

ORISSA ONE YEAR LATER -FEAR, PERSECUTION REMAIN HIGH: Manini Digal knows the wrath of Hindu extremists in India. Manini, 17, from a poor family, was caught by extremists last August during the outbreak of anti-Christian violence in Orissa. They tore off her clothes and attempted to rape her. Then they poured kerosene over her and set her on fire. Her body was severely burned. Manini arrived at a hospital in critical conditionFull Story>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 31, 2009 4:48 AM

India Hindu Militants Attack Christian Training Meeting

Another violent attack on Christians in India is raising concerns about whether the Indian government is taking appropriate action to support religious freedom.
 
The brutal attack left at least four pastors seriously injured and eight missing. It began late on the August 11 when dozens of hard-line Hindu militants from Sri Ram Sena ('Lord Ram's Army') and the youth wing of Visva Hindu Parisad ('World Hindu Council') broke into a conference facility where a "Teacher's Training Program" was being hosted by the Seva Bharath Mission India. Bangalore-based Global Council of Indian Christians, a Christian advocacy group, reports that none of the 50 male pastors or 24 young women attending the conference were safe from the terrorists violence.
 
"Even the young women...between 17-23 years...were not spared," GCIC said. "They were humiliated with verbal abuses and man-handled by the attackers. All their Bibles and mobile phones were confiscated."

Pastor Joseph Christopher escaped and attempted to get help from local police. Pastor Christopher states the police response was "indifferent" and that police only watched as the militants burned Bibles.
 
The police then detained many of the pastors after the militants accused them of "forcible conversion" and "denigrating Hindu gods." All but eight of the pastors where eventually released. The eight pastors identified as Vasant Kumar Hanoka, Simon Rathnappa, Basavaraj Rudappa, Madhan Kumar Yamanappa, Prakash Arjun Kagwadar, Jayraj Shiromani, Vijay Mayekar and Kumaraswamy Govindappa, are still missing after being charged with unlawful assembly, rioting, criminal conspiracy and "acts intended to outrage religious feelings by insulting religion or religious beliefs."
 
This comes as a devastating set-back for the Seva Bharath Mission India. The program is well known in the area for helping to promote adult literacy and education programs for all ages. The training program was organized to train the men and women attending to teach to help expand these education programs.
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 August 20, 2009 7:51 PM

August 20, 2009

Dear Donna,

We are excited to invite you to attend a special conference call forum on Monday, August 24 from 10-11AM (PST).

We have created this unique opportunity because you are an avid and loyal advocate for persecuted Christians and have demonstrated your commitment to pray for the persecuted church.

The forum will be hosted by Open Doors President, Dr. Carl Moeller, the Prayer Director, Michele Miller, and the Advocacy Director, Lindsay Vessey. We'll provide an update on the situation in Orissa, host a time of prayer for our brothers and sisters in India, and unveil an exciting upcoming advocacy campaign in which you'll play a vital part.

Make sure to RSVP because we'll need to save your spot in the forum!

As regular participants in the Prayer and Advocacy Programs at Open Doors, many of you know that this August marks the one-year anniversary of the outbreak of anti-Christian violence in Orissa, India, which was started when Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda was assassinated.

Since the outbreak of the violence last year, at least 120 people were murdered, 250 churches were destroyed, and over 50,000 individuals were displaced. Sadly thousands of Christians are still in relief camps and little has been done to bring justice to this situation. Watch the video>>

For this reason, we need to join hands in prayer and advocacy to seek justice for these precious brothers and sisters.

We hope you can join us! To join the call, dial 712-432-0031 and use enter 1063343 for the pass code.

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 August 19, 2009 6:24 PM

August 19, 2009

Dear Donna,

Last August, 17-year-old Manini Digal was caught by extremists during the outbreak of violence in Orissa, India.   They tore off her clothes, assaulted her and then set her on fire.  Through the help of Open Doors Manini received the medical care she needed and survived; she stands today to praise God for His protection and her recovery.

Along with other Christians in Orissa, Manini will remember the one-year anniversary of the anti-Christian violence sparked by the August 23, 2008 assassination of Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati. Although an extreme Marxist group claimed responsibility, Hindu nationalist groups blamed Christians for the assassination. This Sunday India’s church leaders will commemorate the anniversary with “Peace Day” which will include marches, fasting and prayer vigils.

Is the crisis over?  Orissa Christians remain targets of violence and persecution by Hindu extremists.  This year India jumped from No. 30 to No. 22 on Open Doors’ World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most severe persecution. Last week the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) placed India on its watch list for frequent outbreaks of violence against minorities, especially Christians. The report sharply criticized the Indian government for failure to protect the rights of religious minorities. 

Over 4,000 Christians remain unable to return to their homes because of the threat of violence.  They need our prayers more than ever.  On Monday, August 24, we invite you to call and join the Open Doors staff as we mark the anniversary of the Orissa violence by upholding our fellow Christians in prayer.  (Prayer phone-in instructions).

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 July 15, 2009 8:03 PM

July 15, 2009

Dear
Donna   

Nearly 11 months after the wave of anti-Christian attacks shook Orissa, the reign of terror continues.  Of the more than 750 cases filed in various police stations, only one has resulted in conviction. The Rev. Dibya Paricha said several witnesses who were willing to testify are shrinking away to save their lives.

Compass News reports that a witness refused to testify against the perpetrators regarding his brother’s murder. “During the trial, the younger brother of the victim, said he did not know anything about the case,” said Paricha. “The previous day, he had said that he would tell the truth so that the culprits would be punished ... From a reliable a source we came to know that he was threatened with death.” 

Christians however saw a ray of hope on July 4 when a fast-track court convicted a tribal leader of arson, the first conviction since the attacks. The court sentenced a 58-year-old Chakradhar Mallick to two years of prison and a fine of 1,000 rupees (US$20). In August 2008 Mallick had burned the house of a Christian, Loknath Digal, and threatened to kill him.

This August marks the one year anniversary of the outbreak of anti-Christian violence in Orissa which resulted in the murders of 120 people, the destruction of 252 churches, and the displacement of 54,000 individuals.  Open Doors will launch a campaign to once again draw attention to this situation which has yet to be rectified by the Indian government.  Your prayers and participation in next month's campaign will let our brothers and sisters in Orissa know that they are not alone. 
 

Father we come to you in  prayer for the government authorities in the state of Orissa.  We ask that the various commissions that have been set up to investigate the violence will provide impartial reports so that proper action can be taken. We join in prayer for justice and for Your truth to prevail. Praying also that You will ease the plight of Your people and alleviate their suffering and fears.       

Praying together,

The Prayer Force Team

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 July 14, 2009 3:42 PM

From My Perspective: Carl Moeller

 

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     Thanks for your support and prayers, which help meet needs
of persecuted believers like those suffering in Orissa, India.

Dear Friend of the Persecuted Church,

In his letter to the church at Philippi, the apostle Paul writes:

Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ… without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.  (Philippians 1:27-28)

 I’m sure you’ll agree that in any context, this is a challenging command. But for our brothers and sisters in India’s eastern state of Orissa, this is an extremely high calling.

The statistics are staggering! Since the anti-Christian violence spiraled out of control in Orissa last August, thousands upon thousands of believers have been targeted and have lost homes, livelihoods… and loved ones.

As you’ll read on page 1, Open Doors has been working in Orissa for many years. But now our ministry is more vital than ever. You’ll read about all that our teams have been able to achieve in the last year and how much more there is still to be done! Your support can play a vital role as we strengthen and equip the church in Orissa to stand strong through this storm.

And in the light of the challenge from the first chapter of Philippians, your prayers are essential. May the Lord enable believers in Orissa to stand firm, “without being frightened by those who oppose them.” Only the Lord can work this miracle of faith, so please join us in crying out to Him on our brothers’ and sisters’ behalf.

 Let’s also pray the same bold prayer for Pastor Abdi, a courageous Kenyan pastor who was beaten by Muslim extremists. Abdi needs the Lord’s comfort and peace as he recovers from his trauma. You can read his testimony on page 3.

 Finally, don’t miss this month’s encouraging report from the Philippines, where Open Doors is enabling the local church to show the love of Christ in very tangible ways to their predominantly Muslim communities. Many have been deeply touched, and want to know more about the Lord Jesus who inspires such love in action.

Your partnership in this vital ministry to persecuted Christians around the world means so much… to them and to me. Thank you for all you’re doing.


Yours in Christ,

carl

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 June 25, 2009 12:46 PM

INDIA - USCIRF REGRETS ABSENCE OF VISAS FOR VISIT TO INDIA: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) regrets that visas have not been issued by the Indian government for a USCIRF visit to discuss religious freedom conditions with officials, religious leaders, civil society activists and others in the world’s largest democracy. Full Story>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  May 28, 2009 2:35 PM

INDIA - CHRISTIANS BREATHE EASIER AFTER ELECTIONS: Christians in India are heaving a sigh of relief after the rout of a Hindu nationalist party in national and state assembly elections in Orissa state, a scene of anti-Christian arson and carnage last year. The ruling centrist party won a second term, but concerns over persecution of minorities remain. Full Story>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  May 27, 2009 7:54 PM

“Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy…my heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”  Psalm 28:6-7  

May 27, 2009 

Dear Donna  

Christians in India Breathe Easier after Elections    

Christians in India are breathing a sigh of relief as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost seats and the current government retains power through a coalition government with other parties.  

“The election result is a statement against the persecution of non-Hindus,” Vijay Simha, a senior journalist and political analyst, told Compass. The embarrassing defeat for the Hindu extremist BJP came as a surprise. “I am hoping that the BJP will learn that it does not pay to persecute minorities” said John Dayal, the secretary general of the All India Christian Council (AICC). 

Heavenly Father we praise You!  We thank You for answering or prayers.  We ask that the elected leaders and those holding positions of power will uphold honesty, fairness and tolerance for religious diversity in all their decisions and actions.  Praying that Your light; through the lives of Your faithful servants in India; will shine brightly - transforming lives in India and bring glory to Your kingdom.      

Although the ruling party won a second term, concerns over persecution of minorities remain as it was under the current Indian National Congress (INC) Party’s watch that the November 2008 violence in the state of Orissa took place.  In addition the BJP won the second largest number of seats and will be an important force in the future of India.  A deep concern for Christians is that the BJP party embraces “Hindutava,” which means to be Indian is to be Hindu; to be Hindu is to be Indian.  Diversity is not tolerated because they believe it makes India weak.

On this year’s Open Doors World Watch List of 50 countries which are the worst persecutors of Christians, India jumped to No. 22 on the list from No. 30 the previous year. The increase of eight spots was the most of any of the 50 countries.  In India over 80 percent of the more than 1 billion people are Hindu.  Christians form only around 2.3 percent of the population, and Muslims about 14 percent. 

Lord, we ask that you clothe Your flock in a blanket of protection from any further harm or acts of violence.  “He will strengthen and protect you

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NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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LWR commits additional funds for food and water to displaced Sri Lankans

Baltimore, May 4, 2009 - Lutheran World Relief is providing urgently needed food and clean water in response to the swelling numbers of people displaced by the worsening conflict in Sri Lanka.

Armed conflict in Sri Lanka continues to escalate between the government and the separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as government forces intensify operations to seize land under the control of the LTTE. The conflict has taken a heavy toll on the civilian population of northern Sri Lanka, with more than 300,000 people displaced and an estimated 200,000 civilians trapped in the zone of military operations

As the number of displaced people increases, the Sri Lankan government is attempting to provide shelter in temporary camps. The displaced, including many separated families, injured and sick people, face severe shortages of food and water.

 “This emergency has the potential to claim as many lives from lack of food and water as from conflict,” says Joanne Fairley, LWR’s Regional Director for Asia and the Middle East. “LWR is working with partners on the ground to reach as many people as possible and help them with food, water and other critical needs.”

Lutheran World Relief has already committed $50,000 in response to this crisis. LWR will work with local organizations to deliver food and water. An additional $500,000 is needed to mount a comprehensive relief effort, and LWR has issued an urgent appeal to its donors to contribute toward this effort.

LWR is responding to this crisis in partnership with two local organizations. LWR will provide food and non-food relief items to more than 15,000 people for the next three months.

“The entire situation in Sri Lanka remains unstable. Our first priority is to ensure that people have what they need to survive,” adds Fairley.

Lutheran World Relief is accepting donations for the Sri Lanka crisis online at lwr.org/giving, via telephone at 800-LWR-LWR-2, or by mail at P.O. Box 17061 Baltimore, MD 21298-9832.

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According to the annual Open Doors World Watch List of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians to live, India is ranked at number 22.  Read more about the elections in India, the ongoing violence, and what you can do to strengthen persecuted Christians on the Open Doors Website.  

Additional Prayer Requests for India    

  • Pray that the continuing violence against Christens in India will stop and for complete recovery for the victims from both physical and emotional trauma.
  • Pray for the extremists; that they will understand the enormity of their crimes, and the Lord will grant them repentance and salvation.
  • Pray for strength within the Church in India; that it will be a powerful witness for the truth of the Gospel.     

As you pray this week for India we ask that you pray also for America during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 7th.  In 1952 President Truman declared an annual, national day of prayer and in 1988 President Ronald Reagan permanently set the day as the first Thursday of every May.  Join in prayer for our nation, our leaders, and the Church in America. 

Lord, our heart aches for Your people in India and around the world who are sharing in your suffering. Thank you for the privilege you have given us - to stand united with them in prayer.

The Prayer Force Team 

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anonymous  May 06, 2009 7:32 PM

May 6, 2009 

Dear Donna  

Stakes are High for Christians in India's Elections  

The Christian minority in India are praying for a secular party to come to power when the results are tallied on May 16th.  In a nation of over 1.1 billion people only 2.3 percent are Christians. The time is now to blanket this nation in prayer…”    

Father we come before Your throne of compassion asking for Your wisdom and Your will to prevail in all the events surrounding the elections In India. We ask for leaders to be elected that are committed to peace, justice and protecting the rights of all Indian citizens. This includes the commitment to allow Christians to worship and share the Gospel freely. “For there is no authority except that which God established.” Romans 13:1

The concern of Indian Christians can be understood against the backdrop of the past decade since 1998, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power at the federal level, marking the beginning of systematic persecution of ChristiansIn January 1999, an Australian missionary, Graham Staines, and his two young sons were burned alive in Orissa’s Keonjhar district. From 2000 to 2004, around 200 anti-Christian attacks were reported each year from various parts of the nations. At least 165 anti-Christian attacks were reported in 2005, and over 130 in 2006. Every year the number of attacks grows; in 2007 the total number of violent anti-Christian incidents rose to over 1,000.

Last year turned out to be the worst year yet for Christians living in India. Since last August the extremist’s rampage in the state of Orissa resulted in over 50,000 Christians displaced, more than 4,000 homes destroyed, and the murder of approximately 120 Christians, including the death of seven clergy.  

Heavenly Father, comfort Your people in India with the knowledge that You are with them. We ask that You provide divine protection over each one as they go to the polls to vote shielding them from both physical and verbal abuse.  “For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”  Psalm 91:11

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anonymous  May 02, 2009 6:16 PM

PRAYER NEEDED - INDIA ELECTIONS: This month India, the world’s largest democracy, goes to the polls. The election follows the worst communal attacks on minority Christian communities by Hindu extremist groups in the Indian state of Orissa. Open Doors USA has launched a prayer campaign for the India elections. Learn More>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  April 15, 2009 1:57 PM

A compete guide to the elections in India is available on the Open Doors website.

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anonymous  April 15, 2009 1:53 PM

Attacks against Christians have been compounded by attempts in several states to legislate laws designed to prevent conversion from Hinduism to Christianity or any other religion. These anti-conversion laws are in direct conflict with the Constitution of India which guarantees every Indian citizen the right to practice and propagate their faith.       

We pray for the election of a government that is committed to peace, justice and protecting the human rights of everyone under the Indian constitution. Lord, please strengthen them; give them wisdom to bring about peace and an end to sectarian violence. We know Father, that nothing happens without Your knowledge …“for there is no authority except that which God has established.” (Romans 13:1)  We prayerfully stand with Christians in India asking that all attempts to pass anti-conversion laws will fail and the constitution of India protecting religious choice for all Indians will prevail.

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April 15, 2009 

Dear Donna 

“In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:12) 

India - Urgent Prayers Needed for Up-Coming Elections  

On April 16, 2009 the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls. Watch the video to learn more.  With both secular and extremist parties in India seeking power, fundamental rights, including the freedom to practice and propagate a religion, are at stake. India is listed as number 22 on Open Door’s World Watch List of most persecuted countries.      

Heavenly Father, we pray for Christians throughout India to be able to vote freely for the candidates of their choice and in accordance with their conscience, their heart and their faith. “Pray also for these Christians, that whenever they open their mouth, words may be given so that they will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” (Ephesians 6:19-20)  May their love for Your Son, Jesus Christ, be witnessed and expressed through their faith as they come together with their local communities to vote for their nation’s leaders.      

In the last few years, the growing rhetoric of a small group of Hindu extremists has escalated into violence toward both Muslims and Christians. Most recent were the attacks on Christians in the state of Orissa where Hindu extremist falsely accused Christians of killing a leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad  (VHP). Despite a Maoist guerrilla group claiming responsibility for the murder, more than 100 Christians including church ministers, lay leaders, orphanage staff and even children have been tortured and killed. The extremist’s rampage resulted in over 50,000 Christians being displaced, more than 4,000 homes, and over 300 villages and at least 250 churches were destroyed.      

We pray for the victims of these heinous and violent crimes, asking for the peace that passes all understanding. Peace in their hearts and in their homes. Peace for their families enduring the loss of a loved one. Father, please replace their pain with love and forgiveness. We pray also for the perpetrators of each crime for them to receive forgiveness, swift justice and salvation. We place them in Your hands

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>Your support makes a difference in the lives of believers in Orissa. Read more>>
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Prayers have been answered in the area of Orissa and many lives have been impacted. Read full story>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  March 26, 2009 12:55 PM

‘ANTI-CONVERSION’ LAW CONSIDERED IN KARNATAKA, INDIA:  The Hindu nationalist government in the southern state of Karnataka, which recorded the second highest number of attacks on Christians last year, is planning to introduce the kind of “anti-conversion” law that has provided the pretext for anti-Christian violence in other states.  Full Story>>  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  February 26, 2009 5:48 PM

ORISSA ARCHBISHOP - GOV'T IGNORED VIOLENCE BECAUSE VICTIMS ARE POOR: “The Indian government ignored the brutal anti-Christian campaign in the remote state of Orissa for months because the population is poor and uneducated,” said Catholic Archbishop Raphael Cheenath on Wednesday at an event discussing the state of religious freedom in India.
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anonymous  January 11, 2009 6:35 AM

Open Doors Teams Bring Comfort and Aid to Orissa's Terrified Christians
The reports make harrowing reading. Modern India’s worst-ever spate of violent persecution of Christians broke out in Orissa last August. But in actual fact, the story began decades ago.
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anonymous  December 24, 2008 7:17 AM

Good News in Orissa*

INDIA - Christians in Orissa state can finally look forward to a peaceful Christmas celebration this year. On Saturday, December 20 the state government officially called off the proposed statewide ‘bandh’ that would have incited more violence upon Christians and other minority groups, according to the Christian Post. The proposed ‘bandh’ was originally set in place by Hindu extremists to take place on December 25.

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Christians Arrested, Shops Looted in Egyptian Village*

Authorities in an Egyptian village arrested 50 Christians, whose shops were then looted to pacify Muslims following violence that erupted on Nov 4. Muslim villagers attacked the homes and shops of the Christians after 14-year-old believer Mina William failed to dismount his donkey as a funeral procession passed. Members of the procession reportedly beat William before completing the procession. According to Compass Direct News, the processional members later attacked homes and shops of local Christians before police broke up the crowd with tear gas. Police in the village have since harassed Christians through intimidation, “fines” and racketeering, taking an estimated $50,000 from village Christians, sources said. Read more on these attacks on Christians in India.          

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anonymous  October 22, 2008 5:11 PM

Dear Donna

Soldier Protecting Christians Mutilated, Killed in Orissa, India*

A paramilitary soldier assigned to protect Christians from Hindu violence in Orissa was mutilated and killed by a mob on Oct. 13. The body of the soldier was recovered from a nearby forest. According to Compass Direct News, the death marks the first time that central security personnel have been targeted in Orissa of the riots powered by Hindu extremist fervor.  The violence stems from a Hindu extremist group that insists on blaming Christians for the Aug. 23 murder of Hindu leader Laxmanananda Saraswati, even though Maoists admitted killing him and four associates.  Read more about this horrific attack and the continual violence in Orissa state.        

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anonymous  October 21, 2008 3:38 PM

Christians across India feel your support as they seek to stand firm in the face of severe persecution from Hindu extremism

Christians in Pastor Rajendra’s church know many blessings. Numbering almost 3,000, they meet together for worship every Saturday and Sunday. The Lord is at work among them. Many have been delivered from sickness.

This church also has a heart for the lost. In recent months, many from the surrounding towns and villages have heard the gospel message, renounced their traditional Hindu faith, and embraced Christ.
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anonymous  October 16, 2008 7:56 PM

Dear Donna,


  
Murder, Rape, Homes Burned, Churches Destroyed. Refugees. Fear. PRAYER!

These are just a few words that describe the desperate situation of Christians in Orissa, India. Although the American media has barely mentioned these events, they are very real, very terrifying, and ongoing since August. Read more, or watch the FOX 11 video coverage.

Our brothers and sisters need our help to bring international pressure upon the Indian government to stop the violence now!

A simple phone call could save lives by helping to quell the violence. Please call your U.S. Representative and ask him/her to co-sponsor House Concurrent Resolution 434 when Congress reconvenes.  This resolution calls on the Indian government to stop the violence against Christians in Orissa. 

Thank you for taking action! 

Advocating with you,

LindsayVessy_sig_sm


Lindsay Vessey
Advocacy Program Manager

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anonymous  October 11, 2008 7:23 AM

SOUL2S MINISTRIES

ORGANIZED BY THE SOCIETY OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE

P. O. BOX NO. 3. TENALI- 522 201. GUNTUR (DT) A. P. INDIA

P. EPHRAIM

Pastor

 To,

 Dear sister in Christ

Greetings to you in the most precious name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ

   Brother, I am bring s said news, that is in my country my side state Orissa, some Hindu groups are attacked some church and some Christian families, this situation is doing the month of August 30th,

   I and my church believers are visited that place and see that situation personally. And we prepared that situation in this site, www.prayfororissachristians.blogspot.com

 

 I see and I gathered the information is

1.  They Attacked Districts                                      =14

2. They Attacked Villages                                       =1,100

3. They Attacked our Denominations                       =35

4. They Attacked God servants (Pastors)                  =360

5. They Attacked Christian families                           =18,000

6. They Attacked Churches and prayer houses          =1,100

7. Our Christians are flee to that situation                  =78,000

8. Wounded our Christians                                       =36,000

9. Our Christians died and burnt                                =100 above
      

 sister, this information is correct and I go that place and see our Christians situation. So, please pray for my people. Our Christians are lost their house and their churches and also they lived in horrific position. I and my team to accumulation some used clothes and some cooking items. But we are failed to accumulate these items to Orissa Christians, any one did not help to Orissa people in my area. One thing is here my people are poor, but in the poor situation they did not help. Please pray for my people needs and they come to their homes and they are all worship our God.

   sister, please do any help to my Orissa people, you send any help to me we go and distribute that help to my Christian brothers on your name. We pray for you and your family and also your ministries. I am waiting for your kind reply.

Thanking you sister

Yours brother in Christ

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anonymous  October 08, 2008 6:11 PM

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:3)

Dear Donna

Three More Christians Murdered in Orissa*

INDIA - Two more Christians were killed in Orissa state after Hindu extremists set fire to nearly 400 homes last week. A local Christian, who wished to remain unnamed, told Compass Direct News that after killing the two men, the assailants massacred cattle belonging to village Christians and burned Christian-owned houses. During this attack, Lalji Nayak and 14 others were wounded. Nayak died from axe wounds and his wife received a serious head injury from an axe blow just below the ear after a Hindu extremist mob attacked their village.  Read more about the violence in Orissa and also seek justice on behalf of persecuted Christians in Orissa.     

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anonymous  September 27, 2008 5:30 PM

Two States in India Warned against Allowing Persecution

INDIA - After three weeks of widespread attacks on Christians and their property in Orissa state and other parts of the country, the federal government has finally stepped in. As more incidents of violence were reported from Orissa and the southern state of Karnataka yesterday, the federal government issued an official warning to the two states under Article 355 of the Indian Constitution, according to a new report from Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).

In Orissa’s Kandhamal district, mobs burned down two prayer houses on Sept. 17, according to The Indian Express daily. Compass Direct News reported that Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, Raphael Cheenath, also received a death threat. “ [Hindu groups] threatened to kill me,” he said. “Is this how civilized society behaves?” Read more about the attacks in Orissa and Karnataka.

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anonymous  September 25, 2008 6:28 AM

SEPTEMBER FRONTLINE UPDATE

ORISSA EMAIL CAMPAIGN:  Violence against Christians in Orissa state is ongoing, and to date there has been no adequate or decisive response by the authorities to protect them. Please join with Christians worldwide and send an email to the Indian Ambassador, Ronen Sen, urging him to ask India's government to deploy sufficient forces to prevent further violence, protect Christians in Orissa, and ensure compensation for the victims.  Read more>>
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anonymous  September 24, 2008 4:01 PM

Dear Donna,

Anti-Christian violence continues unabated in Orissa, India since late August. Hindu extremists continue to hunt down Christians, burn down their homes and churches, and blame them for the murder of Hindu leader Swamiji Laxmanananda Saraswati despite Maoists already claiming responsibility for his murder.

The attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 45 Christians, the destruction of 115 churches and 4,000 homes.  About 20,000 people have been displaced by the violence and are hiding in refugee camps. And still, the federal Indian government has not forced the state of Orissa to stop the violence against Christians.

These Christians need our help today. Please send an email  to the Indian Ambassador, Ronen Sen asking him to ensure a cessation of  the violence and justice for both perpetrators and victims.

You can send an email directly from the Open Doors website today

Thank you for upholding these Christians in your prayers.

Advocating with you,

LindsayVessy_sig_sm


Lindsay Vessey
Advocacy Program Manager

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anonymous  September 10, 2008 6:35 AM

Help Stop the Violence in Orissa, India*

Two weeks ago, Hindu extremists began attacking Christians due to false accusations that they were behind the murders of Hindu leader Swamiji Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his disciples. The attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 100 Christians, two of whom were burned alive. The mobs also destroyed hundreds of houses and churches and forced thousands of Christians to flee for their lives into the surrounding jungle. Despite the brutality of the violence against Christians, the Indian government has been slow to offer protection for the Christians living in Orissa, who constitute only 2.4% of the Hindu dominated region. Read more about the violence in Orissa on our website.

We need your help. Please take a moment now to email the Indian Ambassador, Ronen Sen, urging him to:  

  • Order an official inquiry into the situation
  • Seek justice for both the perpetrators and victims of the violence
  • Deploy sufficient military forces to the affected areas to prevent further violence against Christians.
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anonymous  September 09, 2008 4:48 PM

Dear Donna,

With the current media focus on the upcoming presidential election, you may not have heard about the urgent situation for Christians living in the Indian state of Orissa who need your help

Orissa Campaign Sept 2008 - church burnedChurch damaged in anti-Christian violence in Orissa, India

Two weeks ago, Hindu extremists began attacking Christians due to false accusations that they were behind the murders of Hindu leader Swamiji Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his disciples.

The attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 100 Christians, two of whom were burned alive. The mobs also destroyed hundreds of houses and churches and forced thousands of Christians to flee for their lives into the surrounding jungle. 

Despite the brutality of the violence against Christians, the Indian government has been slow to offer protection for the tiny minority of Christians who live in Orissa.

Please take a moment now to email the Indian Ambassador, Ronen Sen, urging him to:

  • order an official inquiry into the situation;
  • seek justice for both the perpetrators and victims of the violence; and
  • deploy sufficient military forces to the affected areas to prevent further violence against Christians.

Thank you for speaking out on behalf of suffering Christians in Orissa!

Advocating with you,

LindsayVessy_sig_sm




Lindsay Vessey
Advocacy Program Manager


 

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anonymous  September 09, 2008 4:45 PM

Tuesday September 09, 2008

ACHR claims over 50, mainly Christians killed in India's Orissa

New Delhi, Aug 30, IRNA

India-Orissa-Christians
The Asian Center for Human Rights (ACHR) claimed that over 50 persons, mainly Christians, have been killed since the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists launched an attack on Christians last week.

It said that the deaths followed the murder of four of VHP members, including 90-year-old Laxmananda Saraswati by unidentified gunmen on August 23, 2008.

Providing the names of 20 victims killed so far, it said: "This is an abject failure of the Indian state to protect the right to life of the citizens. Since all entry roads have been blocked with logs and the law enforcement personnel have access to remote areas of the district, the Hindu fundamentalists are being allowed to carry out mass killings of the Christians."
According to ANI report, Suhas Chakma, director of ACHR, stated that thousands of Christians have fled their villages and some 5,000 people are now living in seven relief camps at Chakapad, Tikabali, G.

Udaygiri, Raikia, Baliguda, K. Nuagoan and Phiringia.

About 200 villages have been affected by the organized attacks and hundreds of churches, including house churches have been burnt, he added.

Criticizing the Orissa Government, the ACHR stated that instead of increasing security, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had suspended the Superintendent of Police of Kandhamal and ordered a judicial probe. It further accused Patnaik of ordering an investigation by the State Crime Branch and no one knows who is in charge of inquiries.

"What was required was the deployment of security forces given the attacks on the Christians during the Christmas in 2007," asserted Chakma.

It called for the restoration of the rule of law and appropriate redressal to victims displaced by the violence, besides establishing an independent inquiry into the events to establish responsibility and take steps to prevent any further politicization of communal tensions.


To
Dear Sister, Donna Matthew

Sister,please pray for my country Christians, mainly Orissa state. you see online please. I am sending some Orissa photos for your notice.
      Sister. tomorrow here in my town Pastors and believers and non- christians are  conducted the rally in my streets to stop the attacks to christian at Orissa and we give a memorandum to Sub_ collector.
      I am sending these rally photos for your kind notice. Please pray for my Orissa Christians. I am attached some Orissa christians photos. God bless you. I am waiting for your kind reply.
Thanking you sister
Yours in His service
P. Ephraim  
my ministry web site is-

www.soulsaveministriesindia.blogspot.com





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anonymous  September 09, 2008 4:32 PM

Dear Donna,

With the current media focus on the upcoming presidential election, you may not have heard about the urgent situation for Christians living in the Indian state of Orissa who need your help

Orissa Campaign Sept 2008 - church burnedChurch damaged in anti-Christian violence in Orissa, India

Two weeks ago, Hindu extremists began attacking Christians due to false accusations that they were behind the murders of Hindu leader Swamiji Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his disciples.

The attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 100 Christians, two of whom were burned alive. The mobs also destroyed hundreds of houses and churches and forced thousands of Christians to flee for their lives into the surrounding jungle. 

Despite the brutality of the violence against Christians, the Indian government has been slow to offer protection for the tiny minority of Christians who live in Orissa.

Please take a moment now to email the Indian Ambassador, Ronen Sen, urging him to:

  • order an official inquiry into the situation;
  • seek justice for both the perpetrators and victims of the violence; and
  • deploy sufficient military forces to the affected areas to prevent further violence against Christians.

Thank you for speaking out on behalf of suffering Christians in Orissa!

Advocating with you,

LindsayVessy_sig_sm




Lindsay Vessey
Advocacy Program Manager


 

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anonymous  September 09, 2008 4:26 PM

Tuesday September 09, 2008

ACHR claims over 50, mainly Christians killed in India's Orissa

New Delhi, Aug 30, IRNA

India-Orissa-Christians
The Asian Center for Human Rights (ACHR) claimed that over 50 persons, mainly Christians, have been killed since the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists launched an attack on Christians last week.

It said that the deaths followed the murder of four of VHP members, including 90-year-old Laxmananda Saraswati by unidentified gunmen on August 23, 2008.

Providing the names of 20 victims killed so far, it said: "This is an abject failure of the Indian state to protect the right to life of the citizens. Since all entry roads have been blocked with logs and the law enforcement personnel have access to remote areas of the district, the Hindu fundamentalists are being allowed to carry out mass killings of the Christians."
According to ANI report, Suhas Chakma, director of ACHR, stated that thousands of Christians have fled their villages and some 5,000 people are now living in seven relief camps at Chakapad, Tikabali, G.

Udaygiri, Raikia, Baliguda, K. Nuagoan and Phiringia.

About 200 villages have been affected by the organized attacks and hundreds of churches, including house churches have been burnt, he added.

Criticizing the Orissa Government, the ACHR stated that instead of increasing security, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had suspended the Superintendent of Police of Kandhamal and ordered a judicial probe. It further accused Patnaik of ordering an investigation by the State Crime Branch and no one knows who is in charge of inquiries.

"What was required was the deployment of security forces given the attacks on the Christians during the Christmas in 2007," asserted Chakma.

It called for the restoration of the rule of law and appropriate redressal to victims displaced by the violence, besides establishing an independent inquiry into the events to establish responsibility and take steps to prevent any further politicization of communal tensions.


To
Dear Sister, Donna Matthew

Sister,please pray for my country Christians, mainly Orissa state. you see online please. I am sending some Orissa photos for your notice.
      Sister. tomorrow here in my town Pastors and believers and non- christians are  conducted the rally in my streets to stop the attacks to christian at Orissa and we give a memorandum to Sub_ collector.
      I am sending these rally photos for your kind notice. Please pray for my Orissa Christians. I am attached some Orissa christians photos. God bless you. I am waiting for your kind reply.
Thanking you sister
Yours in His service
P. Ephraim  
my ministry web site is-

www.soulsaveministriesindia.blogspot.com




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anonymous  September 09, 2008 4:23 PM

Tuesday September 09, 2008

ACHR claims over 50, mainly Christians killed in India's Orissa

New Delhi, Aug 30, IRNA

India-Orissa-Christians
The Asian Center for Human Rights (ACHR) claimed that over 50 persons, mainly Christians, have been killed since the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists launched an attack on Christians last week.

It said that the deaths followed the murder of four of VHP members, including 90-year-old Laxmananda Saraswati by unidentified gunmen on August 23, 2008.

Providing the names of 20 victims killed so far, it said: "This is an abject failure of the Indian state to protect the right to life of the citizens. Since all entry roads have been blocked with logs and the law enforcement personnel have access to remote areas of the district, the Hindu fundamentalists are being allowed to carry out mass killings of the Christians."
According to ANI report, Suhas Chakma, director of ACHR, stated that thousands of Christians have fled their villages and some 5,000 people are now living in seven relief camps at Chakapad, Tikabali, G.

Udaygiri, Raikia, Baliguda, K. Nuagoan and Phiringia.

About 200 villages have been affected by the organized attacks and hundreds of churches, including house churches have been burnt, he added.

Criticizing the Orissa Government, the ACHR stated that instead of increasing security, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had suspended the Superintendent of Police of Kandhamal and ordered a judicial probe. It further accused Patnaik of ordering an investigation by the State Crime Branch and no one knows who is in charge of inquiries.

"What was required was the deployment of security forces given the attacks on the Christians during the Christmas in 2007," asserted Chakma.

It called for the restoration of the rule of law and appropriate redressal to victims displaced by the violence, besides establishing an independent inquiry into the events to establish responsibility and take steps to prevent any further politicization of communal tensions.


To
Dear Sister, Donna Matthew

Sister,please pray for my country Christians, mainly Orissa state. you see online please. I am sending some Orissa photos for your notice.
      Sister. tomorrow here in my town Pastors and believers and non- christians are  conducted the rally in my streets to stop the attacks to christian at Orissa and we give a memorandum to Sub_ collector.
      I am sending these rally photos for your kind notice. Please pray for my Orissa Christians. I am attached some Orissa christians photos. God bless you. I am waiting for your kind reply.
Thanking you sister
Yours in His service
P. Ephraim  
my ministry web site is-

www.soulsaveministriesindia.blogspot.com

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anonymous  September 09, 2008 4:20 PM

Dear Donna,

With the current media focus on the upcoming presidential election, you may not have heard about the urgent situation for Christians living in the Indian state of Orissa who need your help

Orissa Campaign Sept 2008 - church burnedChurch damaged in anti-Christian violence in Orissa, India

Two weeks ago, Hindu extremists began attacking Christians due to false accusations that they were behind the murders of Hindu leader Swamiji Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his disciples.

The attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 100 Christians, two of whom were burned alive. The mobs also destroyed hundreds of houses and churches and forced thousands of Christians to flee for their lives into the surrounding jungle. 

Despite the brutality of the violence against Christians, the Indian government has been slow to offer protection for the tiny minority of Christians who live in Orissa.

Please take a moment now to email the Indian Ambassador, Ronen Sen, urging him to:

  • order an official inquiry into the situation;
  • seek justice for both the perpetrators and victims of the violence; and
  • deploy sufficient military forces to the affected areas to prevent further violence against Christians.

Thank you for speaking out on behalf of suffering Christians in Orissa!

Advocating with you,

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Lindsay Vessey
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anonymous  September 03, 2008 4:44 AM

Dear Donna

Violence Spreads in Orissa, India*

Compass Direct News reported last week on the death and destruction directed towards Christians in Orissa, a state in eastern India. When the Hindu leader Swamiji Laxmanananda Saraswati and four others were murdered on Aug. 23, Hindu extremists then incited hatred by heated accusations that Christians had killed Saraswati.  There were many reports of Christians being pulled from their homes either killed or beaten.  The violence that has claimed the lives of at least 36 people, most of them Christians, and destroyed hundreds of churches and homes continued over the weekend as Hindu extremists continued to blame Christians for the killings.
 
However, the latest information on Monday, Sep 1st by Compass Direct News reports that a Maoist group claimed responsibility for killing Hindu extremist leader and four of his disciples, saying that fanatical Hindus’ claims that Christians murdered him were “lies.” The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist released a statement today saying that Sangh Parivar, the family of Hindu extremist groups led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, have deliberately misled people about Saraswati’s death. “The Sangh Parivar leaders like Praveen Togadia have been trying to divert the people by uttering lies that it is not the Maoists but Christian organizations that had carried out the attack on the leader,” the Marxist group stated.  Read more about the violence in India.

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anonymous  August 04, 2008 9:43 PM

TO
Mom, Donna Matthew

Dear Mother in Christ
Greetings to you in the name of our LOrd Jesus Christ
         Mother, I am sending my letters for you for long time. Today we search your e-mail  Id and we find so happy. Mother, we pray for your and your family and also your church believers in my daily prayers.We want for your prayers. Here, I am doing the Lord's work honestly and I maintained a Christian Lending Library in my town. so many Hindu people are come and search the scriptures and they read this and they know who is Real God. and they believe Jesus Christ is their personal saviour and also they saved their families through my Christian Lending Library material.
Mother,In my area on 29-07-08 attacked a fire accident in my near colony, nearly 40 houses are completely destroy . The colony people are stand in streets with their empty hands. This is very bad situation to my people.20 families are believers families and other 20 families all casts.

      Mother, I am sending some photos of that colony fire accident. please pray for my people, they have no shelter and no clothing and also no sufficient food. Please announce your churches and pray for my people needs. If possible please send any help to my people, used clothes or any one send please.we are pray for you and your family and also your church believers. God bless you, I am waiting for your reply.

 I am attaches some pics of my area colony fire accident.

Thanking you Mother

Yours son in Christ

P. Ephraim

Mother, Please see my ministry Web-Site under construction :-    www.soulsaveministriesindia.blogspot.com
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anonymous  August 04, 2008 9:39 PM

Mother, please pray for my people bad situation
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anonymous  July 09, 2008 10:01 AM

INDIA
Pastors Attacked, Accused of Forcible Conversion - VOM Sources

On June 24, Pastor Murugan was beaten by Hindu militants who ambushed him and two other believers while returning home from a prayer meeting in Moodalpalya, Karnataka, India. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, "The other two managed to flee and escape any harm. The militants accused the pastor of forcibly converting people and 'spoiling the minds of the children' and took him to the local police station where he was detained." In an unrelated incident on June 26, Hindu militants barged into the home of a local believer in Hubli, Karnataka; shouted curses at the Christians gathered for a prayer meeting and beat Pastor Vinod Talakere. VOM sources added, "They dragged the pastor and another believer to the local police station where the men were detained on accusations of forcibly converting people, kidnapping local girls and enrolling them in Bible college." Pray for the release of these pastors. Ask God to bless their ministry and the work of other Christians spreading the gospel in India. Philippians 4:13  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  June 18, 2008 11:17 AM

INDIA
Christians Attacked at Vacation Bible School – VOM Sources

On April 25, Pastor Mohan Babu and two other believers were severely beaten by 35 Hindu extremists for holding a Vacation Bible School (VBS) near Bangalore City, in Karnataka State. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts in India, the three-day VBS was organized by Ragigudda Baptist Church. VOM sources said, "Around 60 children from different backgrounds were attending the VBS. As they were worshiping, about 35 people belonging to a Hindu extremist group forcefully entered the hut chanting slogans and demolished the hut. The extremists mercilessly beat Mohan, Samuel and Krishna, alleging forceful conversion. The perpetrators chased the children without any courtesy and tore the Bibles. Mohan was severely injured on his lips and was profusely bleeding. The believers are living in fear and did not lodge complaint with the police." Pray for healing for all those injured in this attack. Pray they forgive their attackers and for the children who were attending VBS to continue growing in their faith despite the attack. Psalm 140:1-8 Psalm 140:1-8  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  June 11, 2008 6:04 AM

INDIA
Pastor Beaten; Churches Attacked - VOM Sources

On May 27, Pastor Rampal Kori was beaten by two Hindu militants in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, "The militants repeatedly struck the pastor, who was returning from prayer meetings, with an iron rod and accused him of forcibly converting villagers to Christianity. They also robbed him of 3000 Rupees (US $70). Pastor Kori sustained serious injuries that required stitches in his head." Meanwhile on May 26, in an unrelated incident, militants demolished a thatched church in the district of Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh. On June 1, another group attacked the Masihi Mandir Church in the district of Oriya Para, Chhattisgarh state, during a morning church service. VOM sources added, "At approximately 11:00 a.m., the militants barged into the church building and destroyed the facility's furniture. The attackers accused the believers present of forcibly converting people, and threatened them with dire consequences if they continued to worship Christ." Pray for healing for Pastor Kori. Ask God to strengthen the believers whose churches were attacked as they continue to stand in His grace. Psalm 37: 3-6  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  May 24, 2008 4:55 PM

Bishop Mark.Sister Kathy

 

Brother in Christ
I hope you are fine. This is pastor Henry Devadas.
I have a prayer request for you. We have a church
in Ambedkar Nagar colony, Gudlavalleru Mandal,
Krishna Dist, Andhra Pradesh. The church pastor
name is Elisha. On Sunday at 12:30PM.
While people were worshiping in the church
the fire broke down on the church accidently.
The house which was near to that church was
constructed by the bamboo wood and palm tree leaves.
Because of the short circuit a house got fire accidently.
Total 250 families are living in this areas and the
population of this small  village is 1550 . Because
of the house all 250 houses got burnt.  They lost
their property. Cloths, Books, Beds, Cooks vessels
everything turned into ash. People are crying for help.
They are living  outside,with no shelter to live .

 

When I was in the church after the service I got one
phone call from pastor Elisha and he was crying when
he was speaking to me he told me that everything got
burnt,and he lost everything . He told me that not only
his house is burnt but many houses are burnt and people
are looking for help and he begged me for help. Me and
my family moved on the same day night to visit that place
and to help them. We reached their early in the morning its
350Km far away from my house. We visited 250 houses
 with my family and with our pastors and all the 250
houses are burnt very badly. Every one was crying.
Me and my family and my pastors prayed for them.
Each family told me their problem even I felt very bad
about that. Some lost their animals ,chickens, money,
food materials , everything which was in the house.
Please visit this website to watch pictures www.picasaweb.com/bishophenrydevadas/BurnedHouses.
When I moved from Hyderabad I had only 18000 rupees
and bought 500 Kgs . One Kg rice is 20 Rupees
500 X 20 = 10,000 Rupees .  One Kg of cereal is 38
rupees 100 X 38 = 3800 , , Cooking vessels , and
Some vegetables . We provided Monday morning
breakfast and  Thursday afternoon lunch. Then we
returned from that place. They are very sad and
they are also worrying about tomorrow. Because
they dont have anything not even a daily food to eat.
And I told them that if  God helps me then I will help you.
We prayed for all this people. I did this work according
to the Mathew 25:33 to 40 and Psalms 41:1 to 3.
We also gave some used cloths of ours to them.
So please pray for this people and if God is leading you.
Please help this people . Give them what ever you can give
haven’t received any help from anywhere because they are
from lower background because they are Christians. If you
wants to help this people . You can send your donations
By western Union Money Transfer  on this name
Rev.Dr.S.Henry Devadas Plot No – 109,
Sarswathi Nagar colony, Lothkunta ,
Secundrabad 500015 , AP , INDIA

 

This pastor who has little himself traveled some
200 miles to minister to these poor people in India,
who are terribly persecuted because they are Christians.
Sonday has made a donation. I encourage you to
do the same. If you do not wish to make it direct,
you can do it through Sonday on our donate page
through Paypal at www.sonintl.org/donate.htm.
Your donations through Sonday are tax deductible
in the United States of America. Pray about this and
ask the Lord what He would have you do.

 

Be blessed and have a great week and write me!!!

 

Love you all – Kathi (Kathi@sonintl.org)

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anonymous  May 14, 2008 4:34 PM

(Compass) Hindu extremists beat the relatives of a 15-year-old girl when the Christian family refused to allow the group to rape her. They have threatened to kill other members of the community unless they stop worshipping Christ

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anonymous  April 30, 2008 3:54 AM

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Pastors Beaten by Militants in Andra Pradesh - VOM Sources

On April 14, three pastors-who were distributing Christian tracts to children in the town of Devarkonda, Andra Pradesh-were beaten with sticks by approximately 50 Hindu militants. Pastor John Kumar's hand was broken and the other two pastors were severely injured in the attack. Pray for healing for these believers. Ask God to give them and other church leaders in India the wisdom to know how to shepherd the believers through times of suffering. James 1:5, Psalm 91  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  April 23, 2008 5:52 AM

FROM THE OPEN DOOR
Tribal Villager Murders Christian Brother in India*
In a drunken rage, Mangar Singh entered his brother’s house and shot an arrow into his brother’s chest from close range and killed him. He believed that his brother Thakur Sing Bhil’s Christian faith was black magic and brought about the death of his 17-year-old daughter. Bhil, also known as Thakur Baba, was a Christian leader from Gatiya Dev village who faced opposition from relatives after converting to Christianity. He was estimated to be about 55 years old. Read More…

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anonymous  April 16, 2008 3:58 AM

INDIA
Christians Attacked, Children Beaten for Distributing Bible Tracts - VOM Sources

On April 2, pastors and members of the Manna Ministry in Krishnapuram, Andhra Pradesh, were beaten by a group of 20 Hindu extremists. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, "Believers were returning from an evangelistic outreach when their car was stopped by the attackers. One of the ministry's leaders, Pastor Gopal, sustained serious injuries. The militants also tore up the Christians' evangelistic tracts." Ask God to heal Pastor Gopal. Meanwhile, on March 17, school children from Toopran School in Telungana Village, Andhra Pradesh, were threatened and beaten by Hindu extremists while they were distributing Bible tracts in the school compound. VOM contacts report, "A group of Hindu extremists stopped the school children from further distribution of tracts. The extremists beat the children and threatened them." Pray believers in Telungana Village will be encouraged and protected. Pray that Indian Christians will continue to share the gospel with boldness despite increased persecution. Ask God to use their testimonies to draw nonbelievers into fellowship with Him. Acts 4:29-31

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anonymous  April 09, 2008 5:27 PM

INDIA
New Testament Distribution by Gideons Stopped by Hindu Radicals - VOM Sources

On April 6, Hindu extremists stopped a Gideon International New Testament distribution in Bhubaneswar in Orissa State. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, "New Testaments were being given to college students that were leaving the Examination Center at the Central School. These students had just completed their medical school entrance examinations. Realizing the New Testaments were being given openly to the students, local Hindus demanded the group stop the distribution." VOM contacts added, "When the members of Gideons ignored these requests, more Hindus began to intervene. After distributing 390 New Testaments, the mob became irate and began to manhandle the Gideons, demanding they leave. They were forced to pack up the New Testaments and leave immediately. As they were packing up, the mob was able to take 10 New Testaments and set fire to them in the street. A few members of Gideons sustained minor injuries." Please pray the students that have received the New Testaments would put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Also, pray for those injured in this attack and for God's Word to go forth without disturbance in this area of India. Isaiah 54:14

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anonymous  April 03, 2008 6:17 AM

Nuns Attacked, New Anti-Conversion Bill Passed - VOM Sources

  • MAHARASHTRA - On March 23, Sister Mercy Tuscano and Sister Philomena D'Mello were attacked by more than 49 Hindu extremists in Alibaug, Maharashtra, for allegedly converting tribal groups to Christianity. The nuns were injured in the attack, which included women who are followers of a spiritual leader in the area. Both nuns were treated in the hospital and have since been released. They are members of a non-governmental organization that extends humanitarian services such as AIDS awareness to tribal groups in the region. Pray for the recovery of the two nuns from their injuries. Ask the Lord to strengthen Indian Christians to continue serving the Lord despite facing pressure for their faith.


  • RAJASTHAN - On March 20, the governing Bharatiya Janata Party in Rajasthan state passed a new "anti-conversion" bill that has stricter provisions than the previous bills passed in 2006. The new bill states that a society or trust found to be "contemplating" the use of money for converting people can have its registration canceled. Christians fear that this stipulation will provide the pretext for numerous complaints against Christian organizations. The bill also dictates that any person who intends to convert must send a notice to the government at least 30 days in advance or face a fine of up to 1,000 rupees (US $25). Isaiah 54:17
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anonymous  March 27, 2008 2:23 PM

On March 20, the governing Bharatiya Janata Party in Rajasthan state passed a new "anti-conversion" bill that has stricter provisions than the previous bill that was passed in 2006 (click here for more details). The new bill states that a society or trust found to be "contemplating" the use of money for converting people can have its registration canceled. Christians fear that this stipulation will provide the pretext for numerous complaints against Christian organizations. The bill also dictates that any person who intends to convert must send a notice to the government at least 30 days in advance or face a fine of up to 1,000 rupees (CAD $25).

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anonymous  January 17, 2008 7:57 PM

Village convention in village Bothli was disturbed, Pastor Thomas
was brutually beaten up(who was later hospitalized) Tent, Car and
other things were burned/damaged in Hindu extremist group bajrangdal
on 16th Jan 08.

The convention was very blessing and hundreds accepted Christ
during 15th Jan and 16th morning session. The extremist group came
at 4 pm and evacuated over 2000 believers from the ground at knife
point. Over 20 people including ladies were beaten up. The damage
is estimated at Rs.6 lakhs ($15000/-)

Please pray for the ministry and for the pastor and believers who
are suffered for Lord!

God Bless you!

Ms. Blessy Mohan
http://www.ourchurc h.com/member/ g/graceindia
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 January 14, 2008 8:05 AM

India Hindu Militants Attack House Church
Added: Jan 9th, 2008 3:28 AM


By BosNewsLife Asia Service

NEW
DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- Hindu militants have attacked a house
church in the Indian state of Rajasthan, seriously injuring several
worshippers, the latest in reported attacks against Christians across
India, local believers told BosNewsLife Tuesday, January 8.

An
angry Hindu mob fighting for the spread of Hinduism in India
interrupted a prayer meeting late Sunday, January 6, at the house
church in Kharghar district of Rajasthan's Udaipur city, church members
said.

Some three Christian families attended the meeting when
"Hindu extremists surrounded the house and then barged inside the
room," witnesses said. The militants allegedly started "beating" people
in prayer. "Several people received serious injuries," while the house
owner, identified only as Naru, "was tied down in a room and physically
assaulted," Christians said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Local
Christians said they are trying to contact local police officials in
the area and to send a report to the State Minority Commission. The
latest incident comes after several attacks against Christians in
recent weeks, including in India's eastern state of Orissa where up to
nine Christians were killed in clashes with Hindu extremists since
Christmas eve, according to church estimates.

TENSIONS REMAIN

Christians
in Orissa told BosNewsLife that the area of previous fighting remains
tense despite curfews in and stepped up patrols by security forces.

In
an independent white paper, obtained by BosNewsLife, a fact-finding
team accused authorities of not having done enough to prevent the
"pre-planned" anti-Christian violence in Orissa.

"It is beyond
doubt that the violence was premeditated, pre-planned and the work of a
well disciplined group to ensure simultaneous eruption [of violence]
across the Kandhamal district within hours of the first incident,"
said the team, led by John Dayal, of India's National Integration
Council, which advises the Indian government.

The attacks were
possible "to sustain for five days despite the presence of the highest
police officers in the region," the team added, citing its own
investigation."

"UPPER CASTE" MILITANTS

The investigators
said attackers included "upper caste" Hindus, who it claimed came from
other districts of Orissa and other states, "though some youth of the
suppressed communities had been persuaded to join the mobs."

It
urged India's Central Bureau of Investigations to investigate the role
of Hindu groups Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh, Bajrang Dal, the Vishwa
Hindu Parishad, the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and related organizations for
allegedly supporting the violence.

The groups are known to
oppose the spread of Christianity and what they see as "forced
conversions" in India. Christians comprise less than three percent of
India's predominantly Hindu population of 1.1 billion people. (With
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 January 01, 2008 7:21 PM

Six Christians dead, 400 houses burnt in eastern India
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anonymous  November 14, 2007 7:04 AM

Persecution continues in India. On November 11th and November 13th two pastors had their services disrupted and were forced to stop.
One service was stopped by the Hindu fundamentalists and the other by police,
in the Mali Benmur Village, Harihar Taluk, Davangere District of the Karamsaka State., while in the Thane District the Police stood by while Christians were attacked.
In October an evangelist was shot and killed by Fundamentalist who were angry with his conversion and there have been reports of nuns whjo were raped  and other Christian workers of God beaten in various areas of India. In the Adilabad District, Pastor Bikkir Lal and some of his church members refused to eat meat offered to a Hindu Goddess Idol and were severly beaten.
Sources :
Christian Persecution Info News Feature
Persecution .org International Christian
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anonymous  October 13, 2007 8:06 AM

Church releases data to show that anti Christian violence in
India this year has been the highest ever in the history of
independent India

Indian Christians plan National Protest Day on 4th December to focus national parliament's attention on continuing violations of the rights of religious minorities, and acts of violence by right wing fundamentalist forces

The Church In India released data to the press Tuesday, 24th November 1998 proving that the violence in 1998 so far is more than the total incidents of crime against the Christian community from 1964 to 1997.

The data was released at a press conference by the United Christian Forum for Human Rights to announce the National Protest Day on 4th December 1998 to focus attention on the continuing violence against the Christian community. The press conference was addressed by Catholic Archbishop Alan de Lastic, chairman of the Forum which has the participation of the Catholic, Protest and Evangelical Church groups. Others who addressed the media today were Church of North India's Bishop of Delhi Karam Masih, Evangelical Fellowship of India general secretary Dr Richard Howell and All India catholic Union national secretary John Dayal, who is also the convenor of the Forum.

The leaders of the Christian community said the protest had the support of all denominations, and had also been supported by several human rights groups and leaders of India's other minorities, including Muslims.

De Lastic, Masih, Howell and Dayal stressed that the Christian response to the violence would be peaceful protest. The church and its institutions would also continue with their humanitarian and educational activities.

Christian educational and developmental organisations are victims of the violence, together with priests and preachers. De Lastic said these institutions were being targeted because they were sensitising the empowering the people, particularly those who had been exploited and subjugated.

The speakers said the propaganda by certain elements that the Church was busy with converting India's Hindu population was being deliberately created to divert attention from the fundamentalist programme of foisting a mono cultural system on pluralistic India. "Everyone knows who these forces are, every one knows what this conspiracy is," Karam Masih said. De Lastic said while conversions by force or inducement were against the Indian laws, faith and conversion from one religion to another were a matter for an individual, a decision which he took of his free will and which was his right under the Constitution of India.

The forum said a memorandum will be presented to India's parliament and its prime minister urging the representatives to take urgent action to stop the assault on India's traditions of democracy, pluralism and religious tolerance.

The forum said the government had not taken the action it should have to curb the increasing violence against all minorities, not just the Christians. The forum also released the text of an Open Letter to the people of India which identifies the conspiracy against the minorities, and the inaction of the government.

The following is the text of the Press statement issued by the Forum.

The Christian community in India is observing 4th of December 1998 as a National Protest Day to focus the attention of the Government and the people of India on the spate of violence against Christians this year, and continuing efforts by a some fanatical elements to demolish the secular character of the state. Schools, colleges and other Christian institutions run by various denominations and congregations will remain closed for the day on 4th December 1998. Those working in Hospitals and essential services will wear black badges. Christians in service are being urged to take a day's leave to participate fully in the various protest programmes planned at state headquarters, diocese and parishes of all denominations of churches in India.

In Delhi, the protest includes a relay Prayer and fast at Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the nation, a Rally at Parliament House (at Jantar Mantar) and a Memorandum to Parliament (to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, the Deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha and the Prime Minister of India, the Leader of the House). A number of Bishops and large numbers of Priests, Nuns, Lay leaders and Human rights activists are expected to be part of the Rally.

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anonymous  October 13, 2007 8:02 AM

DISTT. - BASTAT (JAGDALPUR), CHHATTISGARH
October 5’ 2007

October 11'2007

NAME OF THE VICTIM : Pastor Chainu Patel and Sagundas Jurri

FAMILY OF THE VICTIM (PASTOR CHAINU PATEL):
Wife - Housewife and ministers with husband
Younger brother - Chaitu,lives with Pr Chainu and studies in class 12th
Father & Mother - lives in Kaneri village, near Kondagaon.
CHURCH : House church in Murnar is the part of the Believers Church (GFA), Kanker, Chhattisgarh. It is a growing church amidst difficult circumstances. This house church was started about 3 years back.
ORGANIZATION : Believers Church in India (GFA)
LOCATION : Murnar is a small village, about 15 kms from Kanker and Keshkal each. Murnar falls under Murven gram panchayat and under the jurisdiction of Kondagaon Sessions Court. It is situated in Bastar(Jagdalpur) district, Chhattisgarh, India.

Kanker is a small town and the district headquarter of North Bastar. Keshkal is a large village on the national highway. There has been much persecution of the Christians in last three years in Kanker town and nearby villages and in the villages near Kondagaon . Villages of Kanker and Jagdalpur districts are heavily under influence of naxalism.

INCIDENT :
Date - October 5'2007
Time - 04:00 PM
Three days fasting prayer was arranged in the house of Sagundas Jurri from October 4th to 6th. Sagundas is an unbaptised believer, who has opened his house many times for meeting of the church. There are 5 believer families in the village. There were about 20 persons including women and children, present in the meeting. Most of them were believers from non Christian background.
At about 02:00 PM on October 5th, a group of fundamentalists sent message to Pastor Chainu Patel and Sagundas to appear before the village council of Gond tribal community . Since fasting prayer was going on, they refused. After sometime, same message was  sent to them again. They again expressed their inability to appear. Finally at about 04:00 PM, 15 of them led by Rameshwar Usendi stormed into the house. They were shouting slogans to stop conversions and were also shouting false allegations against conversions. Local believers were threatened to hold such meetings.
Similar incident occurred in Dundera village, half a kilometer away from Murnar, about a month back. A pastor was similarly questioned, threatened and forced to stop holding meeting in the village.
Pastor Chainu Patel and Sagundas were forced by this fundamentalist group to accompany them on a tractor to the alleged meeting of the Gond community at nearby village of Munver. But instead of the aforesaid meeting, Pastor Chainu Patel and Sagundas were staraightway taken to Keshkal police station and were handed over to the police. A group of fundamentalist people was already present there.
The complaint was lodged by Rameshwar Usendi. He accused them of conversion by allurement and hurting the religious sentiments. FIR was lodged against Pr Chainu Patel and Sagunram under section 295(A) and Chhattisgarh Freedom of Religion Bill.  No complaint against the assailants has been registered.
CURRENT SITUATION:
Bail application has been rejected in the lower court of Keshkal on October 6th and the police has obtained remand upto October 18th.
Preparation is underway to file the bail application in the Sessions Court of Kondagaon.
By-election in Keshkal is likely to be held in the month of November. Mr Mahesh Baghel of the BJP was MLA from this seat. He died in a road accident about a month back. This incident of atrocity against the Christians is directly corelated with BJP's attempt to hold the seat, by polarising the "Hindu votes".

ACTION BY THE FORUM:

Information of the attack came to the leaders of Chhattisgarh Christian Forum at about 10:00 AM on October 6th. Forum took immediate steps to build up pressure upon police and administration to take proper action against the assailants and to protect the village congregation.
Local pastors and leaders of Kanker, Keshkal and Kondagaon were mobilised to come forward and express their solidarity with fellow brothers.
A delegation of about 30 pastors and Christian leaders of Jagdalpur were mobilised immediately to meet the Superintendent of Police of Bastar(Jagdalpur) to present the real picture before him.
The Forum has been in continuous touch with the local leaders.
The Forum works in cooperation with EFI and Open Doors India.
PRAYER REQUEST:
Please uphold Pr Chainu Patel, Sagundas and the congregation before the Throne of Grace.

From A. Edgar

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anonymous From the Voice of the Martyr! October 04, 2007 5:04 AM

Pastor attacked and church burned in India!
On September 16,  2007
Pastor Verenda and his wife were attacked, by extremist and beaten for twenty minutes on their way to church, (which was burned by the same extremists that beat the Pastor and his wife!)
Twice the Pastor was saved from having his head smashed by large rocks!

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anonymous  September 13, 2007 8:07 AM

Hindu Radicals Beat Up Pastor and Church Members August 29, 2007 7:45 PM

Aug 28th, 2007 4:07 AM

By James Varghese
Special to ASSIST News Service

MALLURU, KOLAR, KARNATKAKA, INDIA (ANS) -- A group of 30 Hindu radicals beat up an Indian pastor and two of his church members during a worship service on Sunday, August 26.

This incident took place in Mulluru village, Kolar District, Karnataka State in India. The pastor who was attacked was Immanuel Venkatesh who ministers at an independent church called Yesu Prithisuthane [Jesus Loves] Church.

The attack took place at 11:30 AM on Sunday as the congregation had stood for the reading the Bible. A group of 30 Hindu extremists from the Bajrang Dal group arrived on motorbikes and some walking. They entered the church and began shouting. [Bajrang Dal is sometimes translated as “Monkey Brigade” and is the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), and one of its family of organizations (Sangh Parivar) based on the core ideology of Hindutva.]

They approached the pastor and one of them loudly asked him, “What are you doing here? Who gave you the right to do this activity? You are an outsider (from other state).”

They began to beat up the pastor and delivered several blows to his chest and back. The church members present tried to intervene and prevent further blows. They managed to lock him in a nearby room. In the meantime, a church member named Yenkataraju was beaten up and blows on his face and then stabbed with a knife, leaving him badly wounded.

On hearing the commotion, the pastor came out of the room and again the extremists attacked him and as he lay on the floor, about ten of the attackers kicked him savagely. Seeing this, Thimmakka, a lady member and the house owner of the rented house church, tried to intervene and they then punched on her on the face and back, and broke several of her teeth.

One of the assailants then held the knife close to the pastor and said, “We’ll kill you if you won’t stop this activity.”

Ravi, one of the onlookers from the church called managed to escape and inform the local police and they soon arrived and took the pastor and the assailants into their custody.

Two of the church members’ sustained severe injuries have since undergone treatment.

Previous Attack

Speaking to ANS, Pastor Immanuel said, “Eight years back, these radicals had lodged a complaint against me and wanted me arrested on charges on conversion. But the police officials supported us and helped us.”

Pastor Venakatesh has been ministering in this house church for the past 20 years. The group has no building and church construction is under progress and they are conducting their worship service in a rented house. Around 80 people gather for the worship service each Sunday.

Dr. H.T Sangliana, a Member of Parliament and the former Commissioner of Police condemned these attacks. Taking to ANS he said, “These attacks on Christians are increasing day by day. Measures need to be taken to stop these atrocities on Christians.”  [ send green star]  [ accepted]  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  September 13, 2007 8:04 AM

Christian Aid Workers Help India's Bomb Victims and Rush to Attacked Churches August 29, 2007 7:43 PM


Added: Aug 27th, 2007 2:04 AM

By BosNewsLife News Center

NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife) -- Christian aid workers rushed to the southern Indian city of Hyderabad Sunday, August 26, as the death toll of powerful blasts rose to at least 42 there, while other Christian activists were busy helping churches attacked by suspected Hindu militants, BosNewsLife established.

"Our Andhra Pradesh co-coordinator with a team of volunteers helped in the hospitals" to treat those injured when bombs rocked a roadside food stall and an amusement park in Hyderabad late Saturday, August 25, within minutes of each other, said Sajan George, who leads advocacy group Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).

Hundreds of people were at the two popular spots when the bombs went off, eyewitnesses said. A laser show was ongoing in the amusement park when the explosion ripped through it and people who escaped the attack said seats were hurled high into the air by the force of the blast. The food stall was completely destroyed, television footage showed.

The attacks were believed to be religiously motivated as Hyderabad, one of India's biggest cities, has a large Muslim population and a history of communal clashes between Hindus and Muslims. Police and security experts have blamed past attacks on Pakistan-based Islamic militant groups.

CHURCHES ATTACKED

Elsewhere however several Christians were wounded when suspected Hindu militants attacked churches Sunday, August 26, including in the town of Malur, about 55 kilometers (35 miles) from Bangalore, India's third largest city, BosNewsLife learned.

At least four people including Pastor Emmanuel Venketesh, a chuch leader of Dalit origin, were injured when he and other believers were beaten for one hour during a prayer meeting held in the home of a church member in Malur, George told BosNewsLife.

"While the prayer and worship meeting was progressing at 11.30 am [local time] about 25 activists of the Hindu Sangh Parivar group" raided the house and "started beating the pastor and others indiscriminately for an hour," George said. "Pastor Emmanuel faced the brunt of attack and one of the believer was stabbed in the skirmish. The Pastor and three believers were injured and have gone to the Malur hospital for treatment," he added.

POLICE RELUCTANT

Police officials reportedly tried to play down the incident, but after GCIC pressure agreed to press charges against those involved in the incident. In addition, in the state of Chattisgarh, Hindu militants raided a baptism service, BosNewsLife learned. "Pastor Charles Patel of an independent church in the Durg District "was thrashed by a mob of radical elements belonging to the [Hindu group] Dharam Sena," George explained.

Early Sunday, August 26, believers "had assembled during Christian Sunday worship where five Hindus had accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and took water baptism," when the Hindu militants interrupted the service, the GCIC official said. "The Dharam Sena activists...barged into the church, shouting filthy curses and accusing Pastor Charles of forcibly converting people." Pastor Charles was being questioned Sunday, August 26, by local police," said George whose organization has close contacts with the church.

The GCIC has made clear however, that despite reports of persecution of Christians, it wants to be involved in helping people of all faiths, including Sunday, August 26, in the aftermath of bomb attacks in Hyderabad. International observers have expressed concerns about the religious tensions in India, a predominantly Hindu nations where religious minorities, including Christians, have complained about attacks and discrimination. (With reporting from India and BosNewsLife Research).

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anonymous INDIA - CHRISTIANS THAT ARE PERSECUTED IN INDIA! September 13, 2007 8:01 AM

Kidnapped Evangelical Pastor Freed In India August 29, 2007 7:42 PM

Added: Aug 27th, 2007 2:03 AM

By BosNewsLife News Center

NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife) -- Christians on Sunday, August 26, managed to free an evangelical pastor who was kidnapped by Hindu militants in Bangalore, India's third most populous city, shortly after he was beaten and nearly killed, an official told BosNewsLife.

Pastor Mark Jaikumar, 43, was kidnapped in Bangalore late Saturday, August 25, and "taken in a bus by Hindu radicals who drugged him" before driving him to [the town of] Shakleshpur", about 130 kilometers (81 miles) from the city, confirmed Sajan George, president of the Bangalore-based Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), a major advocacy group.

The incident happened "around 8pm local time near his residence in [the] Chelekere [area], near the ring road in Bangalore city," he added. George told BosNewsLife that the Hindu militants tried to reach a Hindu pilgrimage center, but never managed to bring the pastor to that location.

"He became conscience in the bus and contacted us via a cell phone from a fellow passenger. Our [GCIC] people rushed to the place where he was held, and brought him back home," where he arrived Sunday, August 26, "at about 4.30am local time," George said. More details about the circumstances of his release were not immediately available, but it appeared that the kidnappers had left him behind in the bus, George added. "The pastor is currently unfit to answer more questions," he said.

LONG MINISTRY

Kaikumar has been working in Bangalore for more than two decades as pastor and founder of Devinne Gospel Church with about 250 believers. He started a branch of his ministry in 2000 in Sasulu village, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Bangalore, and has been managing an orphanage with about 65 orphans, GCIC said. He is also pastor of Rays of Peace Ministry Church Bangalore, George explained.

Kaikumar's kidnapping came just days after "an attempt to murder him" on Wednesday, August 22, underscoring concerns about reports of attacks against Christians in the Bangalore area and other regions of India.

George said the attack happened "Wednesday, August, 22, at about 10pm [local time] when the pastor along with his wife and some believers from Bangalore visited the orphanage for their weekly evening prayer with the inmates. While the prayer was on, a group of about five Hindu radicals rushed into the orphanage and [briefly] kidnapped the pastor after tying his mouth with a piece of cloth. The attackers took the pastor to a nearby mango garden [where] they stripped him and beat him all over his body."

BEATEN UP

George said his group learned that, "After beating him, one of the attackers took a big stone to crush the pastor's head. Suddenly the attackers could see a motor bike nearing them [and apparently] thinking that some one followed them, the attackers left the pastor and ran away." He said the pastor "with great difficulty and pain" managed to reach the orphanage and informed other members, before being treated at a local hospital.

He added that the pastor "is still suffering from internal injuries...," following the attack Wednesday, August 22. GCIC closely monitors the situation of his family, wife Francine Mark, 39, and daughters Jennifer, 18, Jessica, 15, Jennus, 11, and three-year-old Joys.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks against the pastor, but several radical Hindu organizations have openly expressed outrage about the spread of Christianity in India, a predominantly Hindu nation of about 1.1 billion people. (With reporting from India).


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