Indian Christians to be Burned

I received an urgent prayer request from my Indian friend. In the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, there are more than 60 new believers that will be burned alive if they do not convert to Hinduism. Please read the entire letter from a pastor pleading for our prayers and also visit our forum. Let us know that you are praying for them.

Dear Friend in Christ,

I am asking you today to pray for an extremely critical situation.

More than 60 new believers in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh are
being threatened with death if they do not convert back to Hinduism! It
is not enough that they escaped the spiritual bondage that has
oppressed their people for centuries, but now radical Hindus have
threatened to burn alive any Christians who do not return to their former slavery.

Here is what happened:

On November 4, a pastor was attacked and severely beaten by a group of
militants who threatened his life. Now the same group says they will
conduct a puja (ritual) on November 20 to forcefully convert the
Christians in his church to Hinduism—and burn alive any who do not
renounce their new faith.

The pastor has filed a complaint with local police, but the area is
dominated by a large temple to the Hindu god Shiva. Thousands of
pilgrims come to the temple, so Hinduism is important to the local
economy. It is not clear if the police will take any action to protect the Christians.

What is most important now is that we pray for this situation. I urge
you to pray for the protection of the men, women and children in that
place who have committed their lives to Christ. Pray that God will
surround them with His angels and turn back any violence. Please also
pray for their attackers, that their hearts will be softened and that
God will work a miracle in their lives. Imagine what a powerful force
for good they could become if they surrendered their lives to the
Living God instead of gods that do not hear them!

Please share this request with your church and your friends. This is a
spiritual battle, and only through prayer and fasting will the enemy be
defeated in this stronghold.

I thank you for being a part of what God is doing in Asia. Thank you,
most of all, for standing with us and with our brothers and sisters in
Himachal Pradesh during this challenging time.

Yours for the lost of Asia,

K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President
Gospel for Asia

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