I received this urgent prayer request from Gospel for Asia, through
whom God is bringing many out of slavery and into His kingdom. I have blogged about this situation in the past:
Something very bad has happened to one of our churches in India, and I
want to ask you to earnestly pray for this very serious situation.
long ago, I wrote you about the 60 new believers in the Indian state of
Himachal Pradesh who were threatened with death if they did not return
to Hinduism. And we all thanked God when He answered our prayers and
the Christians were spared.
Now, however, the place where that
church was meeting has been forcefully taken over by radical Hindus and
turned into a temple. It is the first time in the 26-year history of
Gospel for Asia that a place of worship has been taken over and defiled
as a temple.
The Believers Church pastor, Ramesh Masih Bhatti,
and his family have been forced to move from the building, which was
their home for the past 25 years, and are now living with relatives.
Local officials have done nothing about the take-over, and in fact
have apparently sided with the Hindus.
Now the leader of the
Hindus in Himachal Pradesh is threatening a massive, village-by-village
campaign to force Christians to convert back to Hinduism.
can see, Satan is not going to give up easily in the fight for these
precious souls. And yet the enemy is no match for the power of prayer.
please, my faithful prayer partner, now is the time to pray and fast on
behalf of Pastor Bhatti and his family and for all of the believers in
their church. Please pray that God's protection will be upon them, and
that they will stand strong in the face of this horrible persecution.
Pray also that these extremists will be stopped in their efforts to
deny the people the right to follow Christ.
I encourage you to
click on this link to read the entire story so you will be better
prepared to pray for these brothers and sisters.
you for standing with our brothers and sisters in Himachal Pradesh,
even as the evil one does his worst to try and defeat the strong moving
Yours for the lost of Asia,
Founder & President, Gospel for Asia