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Real Peace Church - Photo: Barnabas Fund - www.barnabasfund.org
Photo: Barnabas Fund

During the night of June 12th, the Real Peace Church in Vaylur, Tamil Nadu, was set on fire by suspected Hindu nationalists. The fire destroyed the roof, which was made of coconut leaves and bamboo. By the time Pastor Ramesh noticed the flames and smoke, all the building's contents were burned and considerable structural damage had taken place. The pastor sees this as part of the ongoing persecution endured by the church which consists of approximately 100 members.

A police report has been filed, since the possibility of an electrical fire was ruled out because the building is not connected to any source of power. Despite the destruction and significant loss, Pastor Ramesh is able to say the following statement: "We don't suspect anyone in particular. People of all faiths come here to pray. Someone may have done it out of jealousy, but we forgive...." For more information on the persecution of Christians in India, go to our online country report.

Remember Pastor Ramesh and the members of Real Peace Church in your prayers. May they have the wisdom required to determine the best course of action moving forward, as well as the strength needed to endure. Praise God for the forgiveness He does offer; may those responsible for this attack readily receive it and experience the resulting peace that comes with acknowledging the need for Christ's atoning provision for their sin.

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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