India: “We Are Not Going to Lose Our Faith”
Pastor Kabir, the leader of a Christian congregation in India, was kidnapped and attacked by a youth group — a violent Hindu youth group. The attackers dragged the pastor off a bus, kidnapped him, and took him to an empty building. They planned to force him to deny Jesus while they took a video to post online.
But no matter what the Hindu gang did to Pastor Kabir, he refused to deny his Lord. “I am not going to worship idols,” he insisted. “I am going to serve Jesus.”
After hitting Pastor Kabir on the head and kicking him, the attackers took him a mile away and left him. “God has spared my life, so I will forgive them,” Pastor Kabir thought. “I will not go to [the police] station. [But] I am going to do double the work for the Lord.” He called a friend to drive him home.
Pastor Kabir’s wife and daughters were alarmed when they saw his injuries. The next day he went to the hospital. The attack had damaged his ears, and he now needs a hearing aid.
The Hindu group posted the video of Pastor Kabir on Facebook, but they edited it to make it look like he had denied Jesus and accepted Hinduism. (Learn more about Hindu beliefs here.)
But Pastor Kabir and his family remain strong in their faith. “Whatever happens, God is there. He will protect us,” said the pastor’s 15-year-old daughter, Vanya. His daughter Myra, 13, said, “I am happy with my father’s faith. I want my father to do more [Christian] work. We are not going to lose our faith. We are going to serve the Lord in the future.” (The photo shows Pastor Kabir and his family. Vanya and Myra’s faces are covered to protect their identity from people who may want to harm them.)
Pastor Kabir has kept his promise and has doubled his outreach work. The Voice of the Martyrs provided him with a bicycle to help him keep up with his growing ministry. He requests prayer for:
*The people in the area where he ministers
(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and clarity.)