The children in INDIA about whom I have written in former posts (see "Favorite Memory from INDIA," "Panoply of Joy," "Laura's Mother") are having trouble sleeping tonight, fearful to be awakened by an attack. The situation is very grave right now, more serious for INDIA, say many respected Christian leaders, than at any time in recent history.
These tribal Christians, my friends, live close to where massive attacks against Christians took place, and are deeply concerned for their families.
Nearby is the tribal orphanage. As the violence is escalating every day, these dear ones are in very real danger.
I am told the government has shut down media stations to prevent the story from leaking worldwide.
Read Pastor Sudheer's own words concerning the recent persecution (emphasis added):
|Dear Brothers and Sisters, |
This is a time of mourning in India. The situation is critical in India in the state Orissa, the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh and around 30 km from the place where we are having a Children Home in Paderu. Right now there are tensions in the villages and many districts. Hindu mobs of around 700-800 are attacking villages where the Christians are during the nights and burning the whole villages. The unofficial report from the Christians is that at least 950 Christians are missing and around 50 churches are burned along with whole villages where the Christians live are burnt. We are planning to go and visit some of the villages to assess the situation in one week time. But in the mean time we urge every brother and sister in Christ to pray for the Christians who have lost their homes and in fact everything. We do not know the intensity of the need but one thing we know is that there is immense need for food provisions and need to build homes, churches. Please do pray for the need. I also request you kindly send this update to friends for their prayers.
In His Service, Sudheer
This is a picture of Sudheer (son of Pastor Mekala) preaching to his beloved tribal church.
As we go to bed in our safe homes tonight, could we forfeit some of our sleep... and cry out to God in behalf of these dear believers?