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India: Father and Sons Encourage Anxious Christians

In 2008, a Hindu priest in India was attacked, and he died of his wounds. A Maoist (Communist) group admitted that they were responsible for the attack.

But some Hindus blamed Christians for the crime. The police arrested seven Christian men and put them in prison. Two of the men were Budhadeb Nayak and Gornath Chalanseth.

At first, Budhadeb was distressed in prison and hardly able to sleep. He worried about his wife and children. His friend Gornath comforted him and reminded him that God was with them. “Cast out all your burdens to Jesus,” Gornath told Budhadeb. “Jesus will fix all your problems.”

[See 1 Peter 5:7.]

Gornath’s wife, Ruth, cried for three or four months after the men were imprisoned. “I was very much worried,” she said. “I used to think, how will I raise my children?”

Then her 14-year-old son encouraged Ruth just as his father had encouraged Budhadeb. “Mom, why can’t you pray?” he asked her. “If you start praying, God will comfort you. God will solve your problems.”

Ruth’s 7-year-old son also encouraged her. “Come to our room,” he said to his mother. “Let us pray. We only hope on Jesus. He will solve our problems.”

Ruth received help from other Christians, including The Voice of the Martyrs. “Then a lot of godly people began to help us,” said Ruth. “Whatever needs we had slowly became solved.”

After 11 years, the men were freed. (See the photo above of Ruth, her children, and friends welcoming Gornath when he was released.) In prison, Gornath had promised God,” If You will release me from jail, I will proclaim Your gospel and I will serve You.” He has not forgotten the promise. “Every Sunday I go and I share the gospel,” he said.

To Think About
Is there a Christian child or adult you can encourage today?

(Source: August 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and age-appropriateness.)



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