|Our church supports missionaries in other countries, one of which is India – not the India where many missionaries go, but deep into the interior of India where there are not many missionaries. The Pastor we deal the most with is Pastor Abraham who has many churches in India. Pastor Abraham taught another pastor, Pastor Paulas, who has already started three Living Word Chapel churches in India. Before last Wednesday’s Bible study we prayed for Pastor Paulas. Because today is Independence Day, I think it is fitting to pray for religious freedom around the world. Let me share with you what we learned recently happened to Pastor Paulas’ church.
45-50 Shaq (sp?) youth attacked one of Pastor Paulas’ churches. The members had gathered for a prayer meeting. They were not evangelizing, it was just the members meeting to pray. In India evangelizing is against the law. The members were attacked during their prayers. Mr. T. XaXa was dragged out of the meeting and beaten, taken to the police station. The attackers were beating people with hockey sticks, and then dragged Mr. XaXa to the police station. We are praying for his release and healing for his body.
Pastor Abraham’s churches have also suffered similar problems. Last year 19 members were beaten, dragged out and of those 19, 9 were arrested. The people were taken out into the street, beaten and trees and logs were rolled over them. Many were hurt to the point where they couldnt’ work, the 9 were kept in jail for six months before they could be bailed out. We were able to send money to bail the members out, and ultimately the charges were declared false, but the people were beaten, and those who perpetrated the abuse to the church members went free – no charges were brought against them.
The police in India will not press charges against the attackers. In the previous situation the activists had lodged a complaint four days before the attack on the 19 members, so this was premeditated. Jobs are hard to come by for the ones who are Christians.
The activists in India do not tolerate religious freedom, and this is not reported by our media and the press. The government of India says that there is freedom to choose religion, but the government is not enforcing freedom of religion, and do not press charges for those who attack Christians. Justice is not served in these cases.
So pray for India, pray for all countries where religious freedom is not permitted. Pray for our country.
Right now at church we have a prayer time chart up for a prayer movement for July 7, 2007 – 7/7/07 to pray, each of us are signing up for a fifteen minute slot. Perhaps on that day you can join your prayers with ours, praying freedom for our country, praying wisdom for our leaders, praying for a move of God in our World.
Hoping you have a blessed Independence Day. I will be typing up my notes from the Wednesday Bible study and posting it as soon as I can, but it may be much later today. I guarantee it is a study that will bless your socks off.
Have a wonderful day, I get to go to a birthday party for Pastor Don’s mom who is 90 years old/young today. She is a pleasure to visit and talk with, for her experiences are so varied. She was the daughter of a pastor, married a pastor and now has two sons who are pastors. God is always with her. At one point she directed a choir of many different churches that performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and many other places around the country. I love learning about her and her life.
Blessings to you and yours,
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