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India: Christians Repay Evil With Good

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“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

Akhaya and Sudhamani are Christian farm workers in Orissa, a state in India. They have three daughters and one son. Their 10-year-old daughter, Namrata, taught the world a lesson about forgiveness when her story was in the news.

A few months ago, radical Hindus in Orissa attacked Christian families and property. When the violence began Akhaya and Sudhamani left home, a wooden shack, to hide in the forest. They sent Namrata and their other children to hide with their oldest daughter Trusita. Truista worked as a live-in housekeeper for a Christian family. Radical Hindus attacked the house. The children hid safely in a bathroom. The Hindus left, but they put a bomb in a dresser drawer on their way out.

Bombed
The Christians left the house after the attackers were gone, except Namrata. She was curious and wanted to explore the damages. The bomb exploded and Namrata got hurt. Akhaya and Sudhamani returned the next day. They took Namrata to the hospital where the doctors helped her heal.

“I Feel Very Loved”
Many other Christians were hurt in the Orissa attacks. The Hindus brought them trouble, pain, and sorrow. No one would have blamed Namrata if she chose to be angry and miserable.

She chose another way. “We forgive the Hindu radicals who attacked us,” she said. “They were out of their minds. They do not know the love of Jesus. For this reason, I now want to study so that when I am older, I can tell everyone how much Jesus loves us….I feel very loved by the people of India and by so many people in the world who have…prayed for me.”

Loving Those Who Hate
Some Christians believe that the government in Orissa did not do enough to stop the Hindus from attacking. A group of Indian Christians had an idea.

They knew that the Chief Minister of Orissa, Naveen Patnaik, would be having his 62nd birthday soon after the attack. The Christians decided to send Mr. Patnaik flowers for his birthday, even though he may not have done a good job stopping the radical Hindus. “We love those who hate us,” said a Christian in India.

Repaying evil with good is not always easy. Pray for Akhara, Sudhamani, Trusita, Namrata, and the other Christians in India who have been persecuted. Ask God to continue to give them strength to overcome the evil around them with good.


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