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A worship service in India - Photo: World Watch Monitor www.worldwatchmonitor.org
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Charges have been laid against 271 Christians after a complaint was made by a Hindu activist group. According to the accusations, members of the Pentecostal church in the Jaunpur region of Uttar Pradesh state were allegedly spreading lies about Hinduism and attempting to convert people to Christianity during their services. Allegations were also made that the members were drugging people to forcefully convert them.

Police are investigating the allegations. At last report, only three pastors had been identified: Durga Prasad Yadav, Kirit Rai and Jitendra Ram. The rest of the Christians charged were referred to as associates. According to one source, opposition particularly grew when prayer meetings began attracting crowds and people claimed to be healed through prayer. "The allegation of drugging people to convert people to Christianity is absurd," he adds. "No one would do such a thing in Christianity."

Opposition to Christianity has been increasing in Uttar Pradesh state recently, as well as many other areas of India. For more details, go to the India Country Report.

Pray that the truth will be revealed, resulting in the dismissal of all charges against these faithful witnesses for Christ. May those who have come to faith through their ministry grow in the grace and knowledge of our Saviour and Lord (2 Peter 3:18). Also intercede for the accusers who have raised these false allegations -- in hopes that through conviction and repentance, they will wholeheartedly come to faith in Jesus.

Current Ministry Projects

In addition to providing persecuted Christians legal support and rehabilitation assistance, VOMC cares for children of martyrs by ensuring they have a safe home in which to be nurtured both physically and spiritually. VOMC also partners to equip Christians in India with Biblical training and offers specialized ministry to further strengthen and support marginalized, persecuted Christian women.

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Legal Defence, Relief and Development, Women’s Ministry

Country Information


1,339,330,514 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Indo-Aryan (72), Dravidian (25), Mongoloid and other (3)

Religion (%)
Hinduism (79.8), Muslim (14.2), Christianity (2.3), Sikh (1.7), other (2)

President Ram Nath Kovind (2017)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Based on English common law; separate personal law codes apply to Christians, Hindus and Muslims.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for India

Despite the intimidation and violence that have taken place in many of India's states, may Christians wisely yet unashamedly preach the Gospel. Pray that indigenous Christians and foreign missionaries will minister in ways that do not hint at fraudulent conversions, unmasking the intentions behind the anti-conversion legislation. Intercede for India's leaders, that they may reign with justice and righteousness.


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