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healing and wisdom as he recovers.
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A church leader in Sehore, Madhya Pradesh, was beaten and then run over by motorcycles, leaving him seriously injured. Pastor Isaac Paulose had just dropped off his young son at school on March 4th when a motorcycle stopped in front of his car and he was ordered out of it. Ten assailants on five motorcycles then beat him with chains and rods before running over him. After the hit and run incident, he was taken to hospital with multiple fractures and head injuries.

The attackers accused Pastor Isaac of converting people to Christianity. During the assault, they taunted the church leader and threatened to kill him if he continued in ministry. A police report has been filed, but he was unable to give any assistance by identifying his attackers. The pastor's wife said that she was initially shaken by the attack, but the Lord has given her peace and strength. She expresses thanks to those who are praying about the situation.

Pastor Isaac and his father have been involved in ministry for many years and this is the first time they have faced violent opposition. While forcible conversion is illegal in Madhya Pradesh, leading others to faith in Christ is not. The pastor insists that he has never been involved in any type of inappropriate conversions.

Pray that Pastor Isaac and his family will continue to experience God's peace which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). May those responsible for the assault be identified and brought to justice. Of even greater importance, ask the Lord -- who knows the identity of the perpetrators -- to reach out to them in grace so they will have an opportunity to turn in faith to Him. Pray that the ministry outreach of Pastor Isaac and other Christian leaders will continue to grow in Madhya Pradesh, and that believers will be further strengthened in their faith.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC VOMC assists persecuted Christians with legal support and rehabilitation assistance, and cares for children of martyrs by providing them with a safe place to be nurtured physical and spiritually. VOMC also partners to equip Christians in India with Biblical training and works to strengthen and support marginalized and persecuted Christian women. Additionally, VOMC helps to provide medical assistance to believers who have faced injuries after being attacked.”

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

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
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)

Leader
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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