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# 01439 :  Persecution of Christians in Kerala
Dear Christian friends,

I have just received an email today telling me of an attack on Christians in Kerala.

"On October 14, Pastor Thadikal and his wife were attacked in their home in the Vayandu district of Kerala, by two Hindu extremists." Do any of you have details of this, or are these Christians known to you?

There was also a report in the same email of an attack in Karnakata.

"On October 11, Pastor Ganesh Murthy was attacked by two Hindu extremists while he was distributing literature and praying for local people in the village of Rampura, Karnakata. The extremists verbally abused, beat him and dragged him to the local police station where he was detained on charges of forcible conversion. The extremists also tried to forcibly convert Pastor Murthy to Hinduism by promising to meet the financial needs of his wife and three children if he complied. However the pastor refused the offer and stood firm in his faith. He is still in prison."

If details of any of the above are known and can be confirmed it would be good to share them for the prayers of all.

(For further details of the persecuted church in places around the world visit the website persecution.com)

Your brother in Christ,

John

Post by : johnmiller  View Profile    since : 24 Oct 2007


Reply by : johnmiller   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 2:57:48 AM Close
Dear brethren,

Have I raised a question that no one wants to answer?

Your brother in Christ,

John

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Reply by : trds   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 3:11:27 AM Close
In 2005 I visited Kerala and stayed there for about 10 days for some personal reasons. It may be too short a time to evaluate any general situation there, but overall I felt there exists great harmony among various denominations. There may be isolated cases of persecutions that might have had personal cases of vengeance.
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Reply by : trds   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 3:18:04 AM Close
As far as I know Waynadu is dominated by Moslems. It is a question how Hindus attacked this brother/Pastor. I am not casting aspersions on any body but people exaggerate many situations. There were and are still greater persecutions on Christians in the States of Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, etc. It is a sold rock situation in Karnataka. I mean it is like throwing seeds on rock expecting some crops.
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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 3:26:29 AM Close
Dear Bro. John Miller

The news you got might be right, there are persecutions in different parts of Kerala, it is increasing day by day. They may not be belongs to our assemblies that is why we do not have first hand report of this incidents. There are different groups proclaiming the Gospel in different areas and opposition from Hindu extremists also increasing. Much Prayers is needed.

Yours in Christ.

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Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 3:37:57 AM Close
Dear br. John Miller in Christ,

For true born again christians who stand as a witness for Christ has always problems in India, Christians as a whole are a minority , and the goverment at various states are Hindu based , hence there are problems, there are many missionaries working in his vineyard at differnt places among differnt languages and cultures, and prayers are needed.

Pl.Note: Some are exaggerated but as a whole the mission fields are not so safe.


Yours in Christ
Samuel.V.J

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Reply by : beracah   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 7:00:30 AM Close
Response of other Religious groups towards Christian work in India.

Majority of Indians are Hindus (more than 80%) and Christians are less than 3% of the total population. The Hindus were very tolerant and helped the Missionaries in many ways with their work in the olden days. Some of the provincial Hindu rulers in the past supported Christian work by gifting land, constructing church buildings etc. Being a ‘secular’ nation, all have freedom to practice and propagate their religion. So far, in my knowledge, there are not many reported cases of persecutions for living in accordance with Christian values bearing the fruit of the Spirit of God.

Of late, religious fundamentalism is on the rise for various reasons; and one of them is the special favors given to the “Minority communities” for gaining political mileage by the ruling parties. This was not liked by the majority Hindu community and they reacted and started attacking Christians/Muslims. Lot of work is being done by other Christian groups, especially Catholics, in social sphere and those are predominantly among the Hindu backward classes. We have reached a situation where “Conversions” are opposed and those who work for the conversion of people from Hinduism to Christianity or Islam are targeted by Hindu fundamentalist groups like RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal etc.

Anti Conversion legislation have been enacted in some of the States and MP was the first to pass a bill in this regard when the secular Congress party was in rule. A few other states have also passed similar legislation discouraging or prohibiting conversions. Those working among Hindus will have to face opposition from them and we shall no more expect Hindus to help or facilitate our work anymore as they did in the past.

contd....2.

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Reply by : beracah   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 7:01:46 AM Close
Contd....

Normally, various Christian groups also do not like or encourage their members to change their affiliations to other Christian groups. Not many Christians have embraced Islam or Hinduism in India but the Christian community (Denominational or otherwise) will not accept it kindly.
The natural response towards change of denomination would be “excommunication”. This is not confined to Episcopal or nominal Christian churches alone. Brethren will excommunicate anyone who goes to other evangelical churches like the Baptists, Pentecostals, Local Church, Bhakth Sing Group etc.

We have a sizeable brethren population working in the Middle East. I haven’t heard even once any one of our people complaining about the lack of religious freedom in those countries; forget about evangelization – they cannot even practice their religion openly in some of those countries; but are glad to send their children and children’s children into those places; they don’t mind paying for the Visa and travel ticket.

Going forward, those who are sent to work among Muslims or Hindus shall not expect those religious groups to welcome the Gospel Workers gladly; they will not do volunteer service in our Gospel Work; and will not send away those who accept the Lord from their membership with celebration and gifts. The reason for our knee jerk reaction towards the opposition from other Religions could be our unpreparedness and unwillingness to pay the price for our faith and practice of it.

Are we not crying for a fair weather for living our faith? It seems that we never expected difficulty and persecution. Those who consider it a joy and privilege to suffer for the Gospel may not be responding the way some are responding. Truly we believe in pre-trib; and also in a kind of NO-TRIB.

The Lord is a conqueror bent upon conquest.

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Reply by : johnmiller   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 11:06:12 AM Close
Dear brethren,

In the media here Hinduism is presented as a peaceful religion with no tendency to promote violence. We are told that Hindus welcome and promote co-existence with other religions including Christianity.

Perhaps Christians in the west should let their governments know that this is not the case and that the Indian authorities are not prepared to defend the freedom of Christians to follow Christ.

Your brother in Christ,

John

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Reply by : johnmiller   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 11:19:32 AM Close
Dear brother Beracah,

My last post was typed out ready to submit before you had made your contribution, so I was unaware of what you had written.

I agree with you, but nevertheless feel that we should avail ourselves of any help the authorities can give. "They are "God's ministers to us for good".

Also we should be aware of the sufferings of our brethren in Christ in some lands where persecution is severe. They need our prayers.

Your brother in Christ.

John

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Reply by : mom23   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 1:56:54 PM Close
Actually a lot of the brothers are right. The persecutions against Christians are part of the "Hindutva" movement in India. These are a group of individuals, who beleieve "Hindustan"
(The hindi name for India) is for Hindus - the land of the Hindus. They started in the 80's (I may be wrong) with a lot of subtleness. One of their agendas was not to let hindus convert to other religions. Also a fear that their no.s would decrease while the minority increased, which included the muslims.
According to statistics, some 5 years back, 80% of India's population are in the villages..I know it is hard to believe, but true. Most of them, especially in North India are uneducated or in agriculture. A lot of the Catholic churches targetted this section of people, where they offered an education in their English medium schools, food, shelter etc. for conversion to Christianity.
This was one of the reasons for some groups to take a stand against conversion to other faiths, because of a great many converting for a sack of rice a week. Now they are not aware of the different denominations among christians, so they wouldn't know the difference between salvation and mere conversion to escape poverty.
In Kerala, lot of the scenarios don't apply, mainly because of their social structure and it is a state where Christians are not a minority, compared to other states in India.
But the Hindutva movement has become very strong with political power and the police don't do anything. Reports don't come out often, but there have been so many cases of poisoning evangelists, gang beatings, threats to life/family, threats to the convertees etc.
So, prayers are needed for these missionaries, especially those that venture into the villages, where they combat also poverty/caste systems/superstitions etc. Freedom of religion is becoming hard for non-Hindus.
Hinduism is not a peaceful religion...the inhuman attrocities/murders they commit on non-Hindus, in the name of religion,are barbaric !!! The muslims retaliate in kind though...
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Reply by : johnmiller   View Profile   Since : 25 Oct 2007 2:41:50 PM Close
Dear Judy,

Thank you for that. These explanations are very helpful to us Christians who are not conversant with the circumstances and history of Christianity in the regions of India.

We must redouble our efforts in prayer for those who suffer for the name of Jesus. I would repeat the name of the website that gives details of persecution of Christians world-wide.

persecution.com

It may interest you that in Britain there is an organisation called The Christian Institute, funded by voluntary giving which actively campaigns and fights in the courts if necessary to defeat the present government's anti-christian legislation. It has been quite successful recently in defeating certain pro-homosexual laws. Details can be found on the internet.

Your brother in Christ,

John

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Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 26 Oct 2007 5:25:53 AM Close
Dear Br.Thomas (Beracah) in Christ,

<<We have a sizeable brethren population working in the Middle East. I haven’t heard even once any one of our people complaining about the lack of religious freedom in those countries; forget about evangelization – they cannot even practice their religion openly in some of those countries; but are glad to send their children and children’s children into those places; they don’t mind paying for the Visa and travel ticket.>>


Will you please clarify, how this passage of yours is related with this thread <<Persecution of Christians in Kerala>>

Yours in Christ
Samuel.V.J

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Reply by : beracah   View Profile   Since : 26 Oct 2007 11:22:06 PM Close

Here is a request from Samuel:
“Will you please clarify, how this passage of yours is related with this thread <<Persecution of Christians in Kerala>>”

Yes, i shall, Dear Samuel. You are looking for a LINKAGE of the passage you have quoted from the piece I wrote WITH “persecution of Christians in Kerala”.

It is about persecution of “Kerala Christians outside Kerala”. Does anyone have any doubts about this?

Another observation – we are selective in highlighting and publicizing persecutions; the same things we treat differently in different settings.

Since you have asked this, I have something more to say:
The large scale exodus of Malayali brethren in search of greener pastures in the Middle East is described as part of God’s blessing on the present generation for the faithfulness of the past generations of appachans; but, the effect of that blessing is lesser or no freedom to even carry their Bibles in public.

Hope it is clear to you now. Take Care.

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Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 27 Oct 2007 3:28:29 AM Close
Dear Br.Thomas in Christ,

With due respect to you , I request you not to link what is not asked, Br.John Miller is not from India, he was asking about the persecutions happening in India and that also of a fellow christian community, we are unaware because it is not known to us and has come in foriegn medias, and it is unaware to us.

<<The large scale exodus of Malayali brethren in search of greener pastures in the Middle East is described as part of God’s blessing on the present generation for the faithfulness of the past generations of appachans; but, the effect of that blessing is lesser or no freedom to even carry their Bibles in public. >>

Since you have wrote this let me tell you, I am debted to the saints in differnt parts of world, especially in the middle east. As my father is an evangelist till date , it is by faith he is in Lords vineyard till date, and without the prayers & help of our dear brethren, I would not grown up till this age. Not only me, the childern of all the evangelist, there are 1000's of evangelists serving the Lord in Kerala and in differnt parts of India, it is for a specific purpose God gas kept them there.


It is upto you how you interpret thier migration of our brethren to differnt parts of the World.

So please be to the point.

I always take care, God guides me, and hope you also brother.


Yours in Christ
Samuel.V.J

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Reply by : beracah   View Profile   Since : 27 Oct 2007 3:46:05 AM Close

Proverbs 23:35
"They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it!.

We don’t feel persecuted in certain geographies; but feel hurt and cry loud for the very same things in certain other geographies. Ill treatment at the hands of some nationalities is taken without demur; when it comes from some other quarters we protest wildly. If something’s are useful for us, we take a pragmatic view of things; and in my opinion, Hypocrisy is very light and too mild a word for describing this kind of behavior; so, let me pull out of this thread.

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Reply by : nelnob1   View Profile   Since : 27 Oct 2007 4:17:30 AM Close
Dear Br.Thomas in Christ,

<<Hypocrisy is very light and too mild a word for describing this kind of behavior>>


In love of Christ, thank you brother.

Yours in Christ
Samuel.V.J

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 27 Oct 2007 7:14:44 AM Close
Dear Samuel

If you look at the 2007 KEM fund annual report you can see that most funds are being raised for evangelization process is from the middle east and north American assemblies. Definitely God has some plan in keeping his children in this area. Moreover personal evangelism is the best thing happening in this area I say so many souls have been saved in this area and having fellowship with different assemblies most of the coverts are from nominal Christian and hindu backgrounds. We have Satish, Ramachandran Nair, Shibu. Prakash, Kim Bahadur, Ral Lal, Eyyob etc. in and around us. Last 4 years works by mostly by first generation believers 4 assemblies of new believers are started. There was a baptism service of 4 of them yesterday, they are 3 Nepalis and 1 Tamil. This is the situation in all over the middle east and also the believers also become very firm and whenever they go back to their native places also most of them will be very useful in God’s ministry. People have negative thoughts on this migration, present generation migration is very less, as the children have professional qualification have opportunities in India itself. If someone migrating to North India is also equal to migrating to elsewhere.

Sorry for diverting from the main subject, I responded because of others postings.

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Reply by : annvarghese   View Profile   Since : 27 Oct 2007 5:41:18 PM Close
Dear Bro. John,

"On October 14, Pastor Thadikal and his wife were attacked in their home in the Vayandu district of Kerala, by two Hindu extremists." Do any of you have details of this, or are these Christians known to you?

I just read the above-mentioned incident in our local language paper. This is what happened. BJP (national Hindu party) & RSS (BJP’s militant wing) is against any kind of conversion, especially when Hindu’s convert to Christianity. The state Wynad where it happened has considerable tribal population. These hindu militants have accused pastors & evangelists of using foreign fund to convert illiterate tribal people. Pastor Thadikal’s church was in the middle of the town and he stayed upstairs. They accused him of using foreign funds to convert these tribal people. So they attacked him and his wife in the middle of the night while they were sleeping. Both sustained serious head injuries. He has been working in Wynad for 10yrs. So this case that you read is genuine.

We can uphold these believers in our prayers and pray that God will enable them to continue His work boldly even after this attack.

Hope this reply helped.

Ann

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 28 Oct 2007 8:19:53 AM Close
Dear Bro. John Miller

Following are some of the persecution news reported by Arabian Voice in India:

C. Persecution News
01 Indian Evangelist beaten up in Tumkur, Karnataka
Source: www.assistnews.net Date: October 12, 2007
By James Varghese - Special to ASSIST News Service

TUMKUR, KARNATAKA, INDIA (ANS) -- The almost daily violence against Indian Christians by Hindu radicals, continues apparently unabated, with news that an evangelist was beaten up severely by Hindu gang in Tumkur in Karnataka State, India on Sunday, October 7. The beaten man was Simon (31), a village missionary, who works for a Christian Radio program called Vishva Vani, in Mayasandra Village, Turuvekere Taluk, Tumkur Dist of Karnataka. He had been working amongst these poor villagers for the past six months.

This incident took place as Simon was conducting a church worship service along with the Vishva Vani's Karnataka state coordinator, Mr. Timothy, in a church. As the service was occurring, a group of about 100-120 Hindu radicals barged in and began abusing the believers in vulgar language, and accusing Simon of participating in "forceful conversions".

They then started beating up Simon from 11 am to 12.30 pm. Brother Simon sustained serious injuries and was admitted to Adi Chunchunagiri Hospital, on the Bangalore- Mangalore highway, near to Tumkur. Brother Timothy and some other believers have also sustained minor injuries. The Police have registered complaint against the culprits; however no arrests have been made yet.

Please pray for Brother Simon and his ministry in the village.

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 28 Oct 2007 8:20:55 AM Close
02 Indian Pastor jailed with a believer in Chhattisgarh
Source: www.assistnews.net Date: October 11, 2007
By James Varghese - Special to ASSIST News Service

KANKER, CHHATTISGARH, INDIA (ANS) -- A pastor and a church believer were jailed on Friday, October 5th, in a village called Murlar which is 20kms from Kanker District in Chhattisgarh State, India. (Kanker is about 140 kms from Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh). Pastor Shynu Patel, aged 27, was holding a three day prayer and fasting gathering in a local person's home from October 3-5. The name of the person who gave his house to be used for the prayer meeting was Shagundas (25), who is one of the brothers of a church member of Pastor Shynu's Church.

On the last day - at around 4 pm - as their prayer and fasting meeting was progressing with about eight worshippers present, suddenly about 35 persons from several Hindu radical groups, got into the room and alleged that the pastor was "converting people" and they took him and Shagundas to the local village administration for an open trial. Not satisfied with the outcome, the hardliners then threw Shynu and Shagundas in a tractor and took them to the nearest Police Station at Keskal which was about 30 kms away from Kanker District. Pastor Shynu Patel ministers independently and conducts his church service and other church related activities in a believer's house church in the village and is married to Kalyani.

The attackers brought in some false witnesses to the police station who then testified that Pastor Shynu told a person (name not known) from that area to join him in the ministry work for Rs 1000 ($25.4388 USD) monthly remuneration to spread the Gospel and also leveled charges of criticizing their god and goddesses. Then with all these false charges they lodged complaint and filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Pastor Shynu and Shagundas.

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 28 Oct 2007 8:22:06 AM Close
03 Christian schools attacked in India for not declaring holiday on Hindu festival
Source: www.assistnews.net - Date: October 11, 2007
By James Varghese - Special to ASSIST News Service

RAIPUR, CHATTISGARH, INDIA (ANS) -- Members of a little-known saffron group called Dharma Sena (Religion Army), a Hindu religious extremist wing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council, ransacked two missionary-run schools in Raipur for not declaring holiday on the "Pitramoksha Day" (Father's Salvation Day) on Wednesday, October 10. Alleging that Holy Cross and Saint Xavier's school authorities have "taken to Western culture", Dharma Sena members also damaged school buses.

The state government had declared a holiday on October 10th in all state-run educational institutions in Chhattisgarh state. The trouble broke out when Dharma Sena members armed with rods and sticks damaged two buses belonging to the Saint Xavier's school at Ashoka Towers in upscale Shankar Nagar locality of Raipur, said city Superintendent of Police, Shashi Mohan Singh. Dharma Sena leader, Kishore Kothari, said, "Missionary schools declare holidays during Western festivals, but they don't respect Hindu festivals. If my son goes to school on 'Pitramoksha Day' how can he learn our traditional rituals?"
Kothari also said, "If missionary school managements don't mend their attitude, more protests will take place

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 28 Oct 2007 8:22:57 AM Close
04 Rough Conditions: One Pastor's Daily Struggle
Source: www.assistnews.net Date: October 11, 2007

RAJASTHAN, INDIA (ANS) -- The dry sand makes little clouds of dust as GFA-Gospel For Asia related church pastor Than Singh John walks down the street in his village. The hot, arid weather of the summer months can reach temperatures of 113 degrees. But in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Pastor John must deal with much more than the harsh elements. He often faces hostility from anti-Christian extremists. The most recent incident occurred in May when two masked extremists on motorcycles told him and his family to get out of their village. Throughout the past year, Pastor John has faced several episodes of opposition like this one. Local police have not responded to reports of the conflicts, so now he remains guarded and keeps a low profile so he can continue his ministry.

Last year, a group of four extremists threatened Pastor John in front of his home. When he tried to file a complaint about the incident with local police, they refused to register his statement. Then, another group of extremists threatened Pastor John, his wife and their children. He immediately filed another complaint with police, who took no action. Then as the family returned home, the two masked men approached them saying they must move away from the area. The extremists were upset because many people were receiving the love of Christ through his Bridge of Hope outreach.

Pastor John considered moving the BOH center, but that would prevent many of the children from attending because they would not be able to travel to the new site. So, in order to continue the ministry he has begun working more carefully. For now, Pastor John and the other believers are safe, and the tensions have decreased. He asks for prayer that he will have wisdom as he ministers in this area of Rajasthan. Also pray that those who are against his ministry will come to know the Lord personally through Pastor John's witness and example

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 28 Oct 2007 8:23:53 AM Close
05 Hindu radicals target Pastor and attack him in Karnataka, India
Source: www.assistnews.net Date: October 11, 2007
By James Varghese - Special to ASSIST News Service

KOLLEGAL, KARNATAKA, INDIA (ANS) -- An Indian pastor has been attacked by Hindu radicals in Rampura village, in Karnataka state, India, on Thursday, October 11, after they accused him on "forcibly" converting others. According to their story, Pastor Ganesh Murthy (42) of Kollegal, about 40Kms from Mysore, Karnataka, was distributing tracts and praying for people at their request in Rampura village on October 11, around 9.30 in the morning. As he was distributing tracts, two RSS/VHP leaders, along with 15 men came and stopped him and started accusing him of converting people to Christianity.
The pastor explained to them that he is distributing tracts and praying for people on their request. The attackers then abused him in vulgar language, roughed up and dragged him to the nearest police station, which is about km. where the pastor was detained on charges of forcible conversion.

"The radicals also tried to force the pastor to convert to Hinduism and spread Hinduism and if he agreed for that with them, then they promised to meet all his requirements of the family," "The pastor told them that they were simply wasting their time and energy by attempting to forcefully convert him. "The infuriated perpetrators then spread rumors against the pastor and tried to instigate the villagers [to violence]. The police is maintaining a strong vigil on the pastor's wife."

Presently Pastor Ganesh is in the police station. Please pray for the safety of Pastor Ganesh, wife Radhika and his 3 children.

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 28 Oct 2007 8:26:28 AM Close
07 India Governor Refusing To Sign Anti-Conversion Law As Violence Spreads
Source: www.bosnewslife.com - Date: October 9, 2007
By BosNewsLife News Center

NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- In a move closely monitored by Christians across India, the governor of the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh has refused to approve an "anti-conversion" law, sending it instead to the Attorney General of India for a second opinion.

In comments monitored by BosNewsLife Tuesday, October 9, state officials said Governor E S L Narasimhan made the decision over the weekend after the president of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, Rajnath Singh, reportedly ordered all authorities in regions where is his party is in a majority to create "a legislation that would ensure punishing of people involved in forceful conversions”.

The move comes after elsewhere in India, Madhya Pradesh became the fourth state to introduce controversial legislation, seen by rights groups as an attempt by Hindu groups to prevent the spread of Christianity in the country. Madhya Pradesh and the states of Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Himachal Pradeshr introduced the legalization, which requires any person wishing to convert to give a prior notice of at least 30 days and prohibits conversion by “force or by inducement or by any other fraudulent means."

Depending on the state, a penalty for those violating the law could include fines of up to 100,000 Indian Rupees (US$2,300) and prison terms of possible three years. Church groups have however complained that the terms "force" "inducement" and "fraudulent means" have not been defined properly in the states and could encourage Hindu and other religious militants to step up attack against Christians, who comprise less than three percent of the country's mainly Hindu population of 1.1 billion people.


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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 28 Oct 2007 8:27:22 AM Close
ANTI-CHRISTIAN VIOLENCE

The argument of "forced conversions" have been used to attack especially Christian church leaders and missionaries in several parts of India, said the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), a major advocacy group. In the latest series of attacks, two evangelists were attacked last week while conducting a worship service in Mangalawadi village in the Hassan District of Karnataka state, said GCIC, which has close contacts with the apparently persecuted Christians.

The evangelists, identified only as Sudhir and Issac and other Christians were attacked October 4 after up to 20 suspected Hindu militants barged into the prayer hall of Jnanamuni Memorial Church, GCIC explained in a statement seen by BosNewsLife.
One church visitor, Eva Sudhakaran, was rushed to hospital after "bleeding profusely," while the evangelists despite apparent injuries managed to reach police authorities. They were allegedly told by a local police official that he would not pursue the case as "he is the son of a powerful politician" and that he will try to "send the evangelists to jail" instead under controversial legislation, GCIC said. Officials could not immediately be reached for comments.

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 28 Oct 2007 8:28:19 AM Close
MILITANTS ATTACK PASTOR
It came after Pastor Pastor V. Paul, 30, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was attacked while conducting a special worship service with eight believers on October 2 to observe the United Nations International Day of Non violence.

Activists of the Hindu group Bajrang Dal activists "forcefully entered the hut were the prayers were in progress shouting anti-Christian slogans and dragged the pastor out," GCIC claimed. They forced him into a Jeep and brought him to a police station in the town of Nagara where the pastor has been leading two thriving evangelical house churches, the group added. The pastor was detained in the police station for 48-hours, apparently because of his Christian activities, the GCIC said.

There have been similar attacks reported in other areas of India since September. (With reporting from India and BosNewsLife Research).

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Reply by : johnmiller   View Profile   Since : 28 Oct 2007 11:05:58 AM Close
Dear Samkutty,

Thank you for these details of the persecution being inflicted on some of our brothers and sisters in Christ. What you have set out makes it possible to be intelligent and specific in our prayers.

It also humbles us in the comfort and safety of the western world where generally the worst form of persecution is a mild form of ridicule. Of course, laws being enacted and proposed by western governments in response to pressure from powerful minority groups are a concern, but at least we have the right and opportunity to protest and witness without fear of physical violence.

Your brother in Christ,

John

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Reply by : mom23   View Profile   Since : 28 Oct 2007 1:14:05 PM Close
Thank you bro.Sam.
There is so much to pray about for our missionary brothers. It is amazing the courage the Lord gives those who trust in Him and have faith....to face not only danger to life and limb because of their faith but also for their continued effort to reach out to other souls to bring them to the Lord.
I personally feel so awed by these brothers/sisters who give their entire life to the Lord, without thought of thier future/secirity, their childrens future/security etc. that comes with money. I feel it takes tremendous faith to stop trusting in our own decision making skills/intelligence, but wait for His plan at His time.
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Reply by : beracah   View Profile   Since : 29 Oct 2007 1:38:09 AM Close
ISA 43:1 But now, this is what the LORD says--
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

ISA 43:2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

ISA 43:3 For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your stead.

ISA 43:4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give men in exchange for you,
and people in exchange for your life.

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Reply by : mom23   View Profile   Since : 29 Oct 2007 1:55:01 PM Close
An Interesting article...

Christian Author Says Religious Freedom in India is “Shrinking”

By Jeremy Reynalds
Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

BANGALORE, INDIA (ANS) -- Despite India remaining healthily democratic, freedom of religion is steadily on the decline.

That’s according to John Dayal, a journalist-turned- Christian activist, who is now national president of the All India Catholic Union and secretary general of the All India Christian Council, founded in 1919.

“Many of the rights have been systematically diluted over the years by governments, courts and fundamentalist forces,” Dayal told Ecumenical News International (ENI) in a recent interview about his soon-to-be- released book on religious freedom in India.

“A Matter of Equity: Freedom of Faith in Secular India” is a critique of religious freedom in the country. Deayal told ENI that this freedom, or lack of it, ranges from the steady dilution of constitutional guarantees to harsh treatment meted out to Christians and minorities in every corner of the country.

The book is a collection of articles Dayal wrote both as a journalist, and after he became outspoken on issues concerning India's Christian community.

In his writings, ENI reported, Dayal describes a steady upsurge in anti-Christian violence from the late 1990's, when the Hindu nationalist BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) emerged as a strong political force.

“Even before the BJP came up, religious freedom had been facing curbs both by the government and the judiciary,”Dayal, who lists several documents in his book to support his claim, told ENI.

ENI said Dayal points out that the first anti-conversion bill, which restricts people converting to Christianity, was introduced by the avowedly secular Congress party in the 1960's. The BJP, Dayal claims, now emulates this legislation.

Cont....

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Reply by : mom23   View Profile   Since : 29 Oct 2007 1:57:09 PM Close
Cont...

Dayal also says, ENI reported, that Christians enjoyed “better religious freedom three decades ago than now,” and notes that lower courts in several areas have often been “hostile to Christian grievances where they get little relief.”

While India stopped allowing missionaries to enter the country decades ago, ENI said Dayal comments that, “Christian missionaries who have done exemplary service to the nation have been unceremoniously packed off by the government denying them visa extensions on one pretext or other.”

Apart from that, the author says that the State machinery has been used to harass Christians and their institutions, even by secular governments.

“In this context, one will wonder what is the meaning of the religious freedom spelt out under fundamental freedom in our constitution,” ENI reported Dayal says.

“But, what we (Christians) have faced from 1990's has capped it all,” argues Dayal, who has visited almost every troubled spot in the country following attacks on Christians.

“A Matter of Equity” cites systematic and orchestrated attacks on Christian targets by Hindu fundamentalist forces that ENI reported the author laments as being rooted in a “belief in violence.”

Dayal says that during recent times India has recorded hundreds of incidents of deliberate violence against Christians, including the murders of priests, rapes of nuns, and brutal assaults on missionaries, besides attacks on Christian gatherings and buildings. On the other hand, ENI reported, Dayal says following the steady rise in atrocities, churches have also begun to speak up and come out on to the streets.

However, Dayal says that church leaders have failed to provide strong leadership for the 26 million Christians in India, or “to demand from the government what has been taken away over the decades.”

“A Matter of Equity: Freedom of Faith in Secular India,” by John Dayal, is published by New Delhi-based Anamika Publishers and Distributors

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Reply by : sambudhanoor   View Profile   Since : 31 Oct 2007 1:01:22 AM Close
Dear Bro. John & Sis. Judy

Thank you for your replies.

As compared to other states of India Persecution against Christians are less in Kerala. But opposition against Gospel proclamation is there and it is increasing day by day.

Our evangelist are working in the remote places like Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and all other northern and southern Indian states. Most of them are working in hostile condition, one of our Evangelist & his wife working with the tribals in Chattisgarh state was abducted by Maoist-communist by Gods grace they were released asking to provide money in a later date.

Our earnest prayers and support is necessary to these evangelists.

Yours in Christ.

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Reply by : samuel.v.j   View Profile   Since : 1 Nov 2007 11:35:09 AM Close
Dear br.John Miller in Christ,
01 Pastors Humiliated and Arrested in India Source: www.assistnews.net - October 24, 2007
By James Varghese - Special to ASSIST News Service

ORISSA, INDIA (ANS) -- Four pastors who have been preaching the gospel for many years in Orissa and nearby villages for many years were forcibly stopped from continuing their work.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, these pastors were distributing New Testaments and Gospel Tracts to a village in the Cuttack District. They arrived at the village around mid morning at around 10AM and began their work. They continued unhindered, until just after 2 p.m. It was then that about 15 radical Hindus suddenly surrounded the Christians. The Hindus yelled at them and used foul language, and then forced them to go to the village temple. There the Christians were subjected to more cursing.

The plan was, for the pastors to have their hair forcibly cut and be sprinkled with cow's urine so that they may be "sanctified." " Thanks be to our Sovereign Lord, who protected these pastors like Daniel in the den of the lion. The radicals could not organize things instantly. They had no alternative but to take them again forcibly to the police station (where they) handed them over ... with a false charge of ... forcible conversion (thus) violating (the) Orissa Freedom of Religion Act." According to reports available, police arrested the pastors and placed them in custody saying they would subsequently forward charges to an area court. The ministers were never allowed to talk to anyone.

02 Prayer worker stabbed to death by fake bootleggers in India Source: ww.assistnews.net Date: October 23, 2007 By Michael Ireland - Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

KERALA, INDIA (ANS) -- A social and prayer fellowship worker was stabbed to death on October 21 at Mupli Estate road in Thrissur District of Kerala State, India. Shaju Kannampuzha (37) was brutally murdered in Mupli on Sunday night at about 9:30 p.m.

Contd/-
Samuel

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Reply by : samuel.v.j   View Profile   Since : 1 Nov 2007 11:37:20 AM Close
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by fake distillers of alcohol, according to Salem Voice Ministries News Service. Vellikkulangara police arrested Rajesh of Themath at Kodunga and two others related with Shaju's death.

SVM says the victim was allegedly killed by Rajesh and his friends because he worked against drugs and alcoholism and secretly informed about fake distilling operations to the police. "There are more people involved with Shaju's murder and they will be held soon," police told SVM News Service.

Rajesh was arrested when he came for treatment at a primary health center for the injuries which he sustained during the attack on Shaju. He had previously been jailed for an opium case and was released just three months ago. He has been involved in distilling fake liquor. Shaju was also a bootlegger about 12 years ago, but he confessed and turned back to God and became an active worker against drugs and alcoholism as a prayer fellowship and social worker.

Paul Ciniraj, the President of the Christian Ministers of the Churches of India (CMCI) and the Director of the Salem Voice Ministries condemned the slaying of Shaju Kannampuzha.

03 Church Convention disturbed by Hindu Radicals; plot for further attack on the meetings fails Source: www.assistnews.net Date: October 22, 2007 By James Varghese - Special to ASSIST News Service

RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH, INDIA (ANS) -- A Christian convention meeting was disrupted by Hindu radicals and they had posed a threat of attack on the further meeting ahead, but failed in Raipur in Chhattisgarh state, India on October 20.

A convention was organized by the church of God in Chhattisgarh from 16- 21 October 2007. It was their 59th General Convention which was held in the Church in a place called Rajatalab, Raipur.

The Convention started on the 16th October and it was to end on 21st October. This Church - THE CHURCH OF GOD was founded by the late pastor, P.S. Samuel who his friends described as a "great visionary and a man of God."

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samuel

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Reply by : samuel.v.j   View Profile   Since : 1 Nov 2007 11:39:39 AM Close
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On the 20th of October, the church had a baptism service in the morning around 11:00 AMand the Hindu radicals from a group called Dharma Sena (Religious Army) clandestinely video graphed the baptism service by the sitting on a tree near to the baptism water tank. Then they went and showed the video to the police saying that the church of God is indulged in converting people and filed a case against the church and the pastor, Thomas Mammen.

Later in the evening as the meeting was going on, during singing and worship time, suddenly the City Superintendent of Police Mr Shashi Mohan Singh with the Superintendent of Police Lal Umed Singh, around 8 Dharma Sena members and the Raipur Magistrate tried to enter the meeting premises forcefully. But the sisters of the church blocked them at the entrance. On hearing the commotion Pastor Thomas Mammen came out and took the officials and the Hindu radicals to his office .The visitors demanded the Pastor to furnish them with the list of persons who accepted Christ. On receipt of the list from Pastor, officials told the Pastor to call some of the believers accepted Christ to be interrogated.

After completion of the interrogations, the officials told pastor that they would return the next day (21st Sunday morning) for further investigations .The Pastor and the believers are planning to plead with the officials not to disturb the convention meeting on Sunday (21st Oct). Some of the believers overheard that Dharma Sena were scheming to create further disturbance to disrupt the convention on 21st morning. The Church of God in Rajatalab has a membership of over a thousand believers. Pastor of Rajatalab church is Thomas Mammen, 36yrs old, married to Jibi and has a two year old son.

This are some of the known and reported , there are many still unknow, please do pray for all the missionaries who are with word of God and various parts of the world.

Yours in Christ
Samuel.V.J

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Reply by : johnmiller   View Profile   Since : 1 Nov 2007 1:03:10 PM Close
Dear Samuel,

All that you are telling us is a great cause for our prayers. I reflect that while we may squabble about certain doctrinal matters, points of scriptural interptretation and differing viewpoints of Christian truth, the agents of Satan's power are busy attacking the people of God to prevent the spread of the good news of Jesus Christ.

Let us be on our kness before God, reviewing our own lives, confessing our sin if necessary and thereby giving Him a righteous basis for answering our prayers.

Your brother in Christ,

John

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Reply by : samuel.v.j   View Profile   Since : 18 Mar 2008 5:50:32 AM Close
Dear brethren in Christ,

Davangare, Karnataka, India: It pleased the Lord to hear our prayers and help the brethren in Davangare, Karnataka, India, to gather in a different place on Sunday, 16 March 2008. The brethren there were attacked and beaten up during their gathering on Sunday, 09 March 2008. Their meeting place was locked by the attackers and the brethren warned not to gather there again. Since they were gathering in a rented facility, the local police also expressed their inability to offer any assistance. The attackers were also demanding that the brethren use a proper church facility to gather together. In light of all this, the brethren have expressed a desire to have help from anyone who is moved by the Lord towards having a permanent meeting place, as they themselves are poor and without many contacts. They have also requested prayer for the new converts, and Evangelist Philemon Babu who works there in Davangare. (Jobin Varghese)


Prayers requested


Yours in Christ
Samuel




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Reply by : sonnyvarghese   View Profile   Since : 19 Mar 2008 5:30:20 PM Close
Persecution of Christians in India has been in existence since the begining of Christianity and will continue till Jesus comes. But the real reason why India has not been attracted to Christianity is because, like Mahatma Gandhi said, "Most Christians are not living a good Christian life". Gandhi also said that if Christians were living like how Christ asked us to, then he said all of India would have become Christian.

If we can remain true to the faith Jesus asked us to hold, in the face of persecution, then the church will only grow stronger. Look at the spread of Christianity in its earlier stages. The blood of the martyrs were the seed for the growth of the church.

My problem is that many of the priests of mainline churches like the Roman Catholic and Jacobite churches in Kerala look down and speak derogatorily of other smaller denominations. Will this one day escalate into persecution of Christians by other fellow Christians? There has been a history of persecution of Christians in Kerala itself. (Look at the beginings of the Brethern Church itself for examples). But will such behavior escalate into full scale persecution in Kerala?

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Reply by : samv   View Profile   Since : 8 Jun 2008 6:45:46 PM Close
First of all Roman Catholic Churches are not Christians. They are followers of Mary or some other men. They don't pray to God directly. They pray to the dead.
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