October 14, 2020
Around 10 AM we were going to start our Sunday Worship at a leased hut in Babupur, Bhagalpur district of Bihar. Soon enough, few fanatics barged in shouting “you can’t conduct the meeting!” They took hold of me by my collar and threatened me and also beat our believer Sujit Kumar who was recording” reported Pastor Vincent Cherian to Persecution Relief.
Police was informed and they came and warned the fanatics it they have any problem, to go and complain to the ocials instead of interfering in the meeting, as christians have the freedom to worship.
After this attack, Sunday Worship couldn’t be held and the angry fanatics swore that next Sunday too they will not allow anyone to conduct meeting.
Let’s pray for God’s mighty hand to reverse this blockage and allows the Sunday meetings to go on without disturbances.
Let’s pray for the strengthening of our christian brethren to keep the zeal to worship and serve the Lord without any compromise. “For it is better to suer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil” – 1 Peter 3:17
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 5:10
“For the sake of Christ, then, i am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions. For when i am weak, then i am strong”. Let’s praise the Lord for this opportunity because it is in our weakness that his glory be manifest.
Let’s pray for the safety of the Pastor and the believers.
Let’s pray for the salvation of the fanatics Let’s pray for the upcoming elections in Bihar, for the fairness of the elected.
In 2019 alone, Persecution Relief recorded the maximum number of 527 cases compared to 447 cases in 2018, 440 in 2017, and 330 in 2016. From January 2016 to June 2020, Persecution Relief has recorded 2067 cases of Hate crimes against Christians in India.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has downgraded India to the lowest ranking, ‘Countries of Particular Concern’(CPC) In its 2020 report. The US State Department ranked India’s persecution severity at “Tier 2” along with Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the past seven years, India has risen from No. 31 to No. 10 on Open Doors’ World Watch
List, ranking just behind Iran in persecution severity.