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India: Attacks on the Rise

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Prakash and the Bull
Prakash is a Hindu farmer in India. Hindu teachings tell of many gods, even though Hindus may believe in one main god. Hindus have great respect for idols of Hindu gods.

Prakash did not always behave well. Sometimes he drank a lot of liquor and got drunk. He attended Christian worship services from time to time. Perhaps he was looking for the truth and for answers to his problems.

One day, a stray bull wandered into Prakash’s field. Prakash threw a rock at the bull to scare it away. But Prakash was drunk, and he missed the bull. Instead he hit a Hindu idol standing at the edge of his field.

After the incident, about 150 radical Hindus and Indian policemen came to the village and threatened the village Christians because of Prakash’s bad aim. (Radicals are people who have extreme ideas or behavior, and who want big social changes to take place. Hindu radicals in India want Hindus to have more power.) Even though Prakesh had only occasionally attended a Christian church, the Hindus still blamed the Christians for damage to the idol. They beat up Prakash and some of the Christians.

In some places in India, Hindus and Christians are good neighbors and friends with each other. But in other places, even the police won’t help Christians who are attacked.

Encourage Those Who Are Suffering
Jesus said to His disciples, “If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you” (John 15:20). Persecution of Christians in India has been increasing in recent years, and many Christians have suffered.

You can  pray for the people of India now. Pray for Hindus like Prakash, who need help finding the truth. Ask God to protect Christians who help orphans and other needy people and to comfort families who have been persecuted.

[Photo: Indian woman and girl]


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