The confinement in our homes is forcing millions to stop abruptly, cancel all our plans, and take time to look in the mirror.
The Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) publishes its annual report of violence against Christians. “Most of the incidents are related to physical violence, threats, harassment and the disruption of church services”.
“The sun would not go down without recording at least one case of attack on Christians from Uttar Pradesh on a typical Sunday”, a Christian rights activist says.
Hindu villagers have also stopped worshippers from coming to services, with threats that they would be brutally attacked if they continued gathering.
Hindu extremists attacked pastor, accusing him of being responsible for the growing number of people converting to Christianity.
Digital persecution is on the rise, the WWL 2020 shows. Asia Bibi’s release was one of the the good news.
Growing pressure on Christians in China, Algeria, Burkina Faso, according to the 2020 Open Doors World Watch List. Christians face severe persecution in 73 countries.
Around 1,000 people joined silent protests on the same evening. “The fate of those persecuted for their faith should not leave us cold”.
Police registered a report against the Hindu extremists but have taken no action. Another report was registered against the pastor and seven family members.
Police have bowed to political pressure from the assailants to make no arrests and have stopped investigating.
The need for transformative pastoral training in the majority world.
During the 42nd session of the UNHRC in Geneva, the World Evangelical Alliance called on the international community to protect religious freedom and peace.
The extremists demanded that at least one of the Christian organizers should be beaten to death, to teach them a lesson.
Police officials assured church leaders that they were aware of Hindu extremist opposition to Christianity, but they gave no indication of investigating and putting an end to it.
Christians were dragged to the village leaders and forced to sit and bow to the goddess idol. Police decline to act, sources say.
Rev. Iftikhar Indryas, founder of the New Covenant Christian School, explains the issues the educational project is facing. He calls to pray for the “spiritual, physical and intellectual well-being” of Pakistani Christians.
In the Chhattisgarh state, villagers attacked the homes of three Christian families, leaving 25 people homeless. Death threats are followed by reconversion rituals.
“Modi’s government has closed its eyes when minorities have been attacked”, says the Evangelical Fellowship India.
The Hindu fundamentalism or Hindutva has important implications for India and global mission.
“If Prime Minister Modi wins again, the persecution of Christians in India will continue to grow”, says Vijayesh Lal, General Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India. Voting will finish on May 19.
A Hindu extremist practice of turning animistic villagers against Christians has intensified in Jharkhand, as general elections are underway through May.
The Evangelical Fellowhsip of India publishes a detailed report of attacks against Christians in 2018. They ask the government to “ensure the rule of law and the security of religious minorities”.
Ab Shaik is a former Muslim from India. His mission, he explains, is to bring the power of the gospel to others who belong to his own people.
Hard-line Hindus tore down a church building in southern India because it was built on the west side of a village, which they said violated Hindu principles of placement and positioning, sources said.
According to World Watch List, released today by Open Doors International, 4,305 people died in 2018 because of their Christian faith. Christian persecution has drastically increased.
“Until my Lord provides us a building, we will continue serving the Lord. It is fine even if we do not have shelter, we will not stop worshipping Him. We are ready to die for Christ”, a pastor in the Tamil Nadu state says.