Three Christians were arrested in the village of Vadi in Madhya Pradesh on December 16th after fellow villagers accused them of practising illegal medicine. They spent 11 days in jail before being released on bail. Pastor Mukam Kiraad, along with two members of his church, Lalsingh Tomar and Nanliya Rawat, were shocked to learn they were charged with medical malpractice after praying for physical healing.
Christians were gathered for worship on December 10th when more than a dozen villagers barged into the home. While some of the intruders filmed what was happening, others seized cell phones, Bibles, literature, and a bottle of oil. Nine Christians were detained and then released that evening. However, Pastor Mukam and the two others were called back on December 16th and placed under arrest. A hearing was scheduled to commence on January 8th. To learn more about the persecution facing Christians in India, visit our country report.
Please bring these three arrested believers before the God's throne room in prayer, petitioning that all charges be dropped so they will be free to continue in their service for Him. At the same time, may He provide opportunities for them to use this incident as a means of leading others to salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. On behalf of the many believers throughout India, pray they will be given discernment and the right words to say as they interact with those who lack an understanding of the Christian faith.