Following a seminar in Truro about persecuted christians around the world, it was thought it would be good to share the information, and ask you to join us in praying for them.
A new country each month:
This month's focus is on the persecution of Christians in . . . .
The number of Christians in India is roughly the same as the total number of people in the whole of the UK, around 67 million.
But this is just 4% of the Indian population. The vast majority ( around 80%) of this large and populace country are Hindu.
In many parts of the country Christians are left in peace. But there is a growing incidence of persecution, often violent against our brothers and sisters, especially since the advent of the BJP party as the ruling government in 2014. They are supporters of the Hindutva movement which aims to make the country “pure” Hindu, with the elimination of all other religions, especially Christians and Muslims. These attacks are more frequent in the North of the country, but are spreading further and futher south.
Sadly, the local authorities and the police seem to do very little when trouble occurs, and in many cases of destruction and violence it is often the Christian victims who end up being arrested and charged rather than the perpetrators.
Christians are also persecuted in all areas of public and private life, and the anti-conversion laws, being introduced in many states, are so vaguely written that they are being used to prevent legitimate Christian activity and evangelism.
On top of this we now see the effects of the Covid 19 virus causing devastation among many communities in India. This has led to some sections of the population blaming Christians for this plague.
In spite of this increasing persecution, the Christian church in India is growing steadily, and in many places there are vibrant Christian communities.
• For Christians in India to stand firm in their faith in the face of this opposition, intimidation and violence from Hindu extremists, and a less than helpful police.
• Pray to God to bring relief from the Covid pandemic for all people.
• Give thanks to God for the growth in the church in spite of the opposition and violence that they face.
• Pray that the repressive anti-conversion laws will be repealed and relaxed.
• Pray for the healing of all Christians who have suffered violence and trauma.
• Pray that the government will implement true justice and freedom for all religions and all ethnic groups across the whole of India.
• Pray for all those reaching out to the poor and disadvantaged with the word and love of God, through Jesus, to have wisdom and understanding in their message of hope.