Christian Families in India Threatened with Death if They do not Reconvert to Animism
Sixteen Christian families from a church in India‚Äôs Jharkhand were physically threatened every night for nearly three weeks by gangs of animist worshippers demanding they reconvert to the Sarna religion, Morning Star News reported on May 26. The families (around 130 people) have ancestral connections to the religion, whose followers worship a god called Dharmes.
Pastor Sarabjit Bharati of the Kirpa Bhavan Salom Church in the Palamu District told Morning Star News that bands of local villagers armed with clubs had been terrorizing the families. ‚ÄúThe persecutors were going with batons and wooden sticks, not giving the Christians any chance to say no, but emphasizing that either they reconvert to the Sarna fold or they would kill them right then and there. They purposely went in the dark so that none of the [outlying] Christians would be able to reach the families to help and support them,‚ÄĚ the pastor...
Quotes: "The persecution of Christians in India increased sharply in the year 2016, according to a report by Open Doors. India was ranked 15th in the world in terms of danger to Christians, up from 31st four years earlier." (Wiki)
(2) "Reports from India show that persecution against Christians is rising. Release asks India to repeal its anti-conversion laws and protect its Christian minority.
The latest annual report of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) lists 366 incidents where Christians were targeted in 2019.
In the first two months of 2020, the EFI recorded more than 40 attacks against Christians. They write: ‚ÄėMost incidents are physical violence, threats, harassment and the disruption of church services by religious radicals or the police." (releaseinternational.org)
}= Praying for the church and witness in India!
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 13 Ye are the salt of the earth:"