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Sarna worshippers - Photo: Wikipedia
Sarna worshippers paying homage to the village deity.

Mobs armed with clubs terrorized 16 families from a church in Jharkhand state every night for almost three weeks. Going to each home in the village, the militants threatened to kill the Christian family members unless they returned to the animistic Sarna religion. The oppressors would set out at night when the other families were not available to provide help and support.

According to Pastor Sarabjit Bharati of Kirpa Bhavan Salom Church, two of the families have been intimidated into returning to their ancestral religion. These families were forced to perform re-conversion rituals and agree to pay large fines if they are ever found at Christian meetings in the future or they decide to later profess their faith in Christ. The church members have also faced possible expulsion or boycott.

After the Christians raised concerns, police visited the village in late April. Yet the trouble continued until the 14 families that refused to convert registered a formal police complaint on May 7th. For further information on the persecution of Christians in India, and to review previously posted reports, go to our country report.

Please lift up these Christian families in your prayers, praying that they will continue standing firm in the midst of this volatile situation. Remember the two families who yielded to the pressure of their oppressors. May they experience God's grace and restoration as they turn wholeheartedly to Him, also receiving His peace and protection in the process. Pray for the ongoing ministry of this church in the village and surrounding areas so that the Lord's transformative work can continue in many lives -- touching the hearts of the perpetrators as well.

Current Ministry Projects

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.”

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

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
1,326,093,247 (July 2020 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

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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