Published on September 5th, 2017
Anisha was a teenager when an elderly man in her village gave her a Christian pamphlet. The pamphlet told how God sent Jesus to save the world from sin. Anisha trusted in Christ as her Savior.
But her parents and three siblings still did not know Jesus. It took Anisha four years to lead them to Christ.
Then the “squeeze persecution” started.
“Squeeze persecution is designed to cripple and eliminate believers from a community rather than cause them physical pain,” said a VOM worker. Squeeze persecution bothers Christians repeatedly to keep them from their Christian activities or to drive them out of the area.
• Interrupt church services and prayer meetings.
• File fake complaints about Christians with the police.
• Refuse to allow Christian children to go to school.
• Do not allow store owners to sell anything to Christians.
• Keep Christians from using the public water supply or utilities.
• Refuse to hire Christians for jobs.
Christians may be unable to get water or buy food, get a job, or go to school. But often they can’t afford to leave their land and start over somewhere else.
“We still want to serve the Lord,” Anisha said after her family suffered from squeeze persecution. “Our heart is that all of the [Hindu neighbors] would be saved.”
Anisha remembers Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.” She said that the persecution has actually been a blessing to her family. “My faith has grown,” she said.
The Voice of the Martyrs helps families like Anisha’s. Pray their faith will remain strong and that their daily needs will be met.
(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)