I just received this urgent prayer request from Gospel for Asia:
I am asking you today to pray for an extremely critical situation.
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:
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