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Girl Burned in Orissa

A CBN report of a young Christian girl burned in an attack in Orissa.

India: Christians Repay Evil With Good


“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.

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India: Gang Member Learns Forgiveness


Narayan Gowda was the leader of a gang in India. His gang had 14 members. Narayan’s gang drank, smoked, used drugs, and attacked people, especially Christians.

The gang was part of a larger group of radical Hindus. The radicals wanted Hindus to have more power in India. They encouraged their members to use violence to reach their goals.

The radical Hindus praised them when they caused trouble, but Narayan wasn’t happy. “I struggled with guilt because of the terrible things I was doing,” he said.

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India: Three Brave Sisters


Poonam, age 16, decided to follow Christ. Her older sisters, Kusumam and Kalpana, also became Christians after they were invited to church by their Christian uncle.

Like most of the people in India, the girls grew up in a Hindu family. The only Christian in the family was their uncle.

Hindus are people who follow the religion called Hinduism. Hinduism does not agree with many of the truths in the Bible.

Many Hindus do not like violence. But radical Hindus sometimes try to get more power by threatening Christians. They especially do not like other Hindus to leave Hinduism and become Christians.

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New Delhi is the capital of India.

India is one of the largest countries in the world, in both area and population. More than 1 billion people live there.

Main Languages
Hundreds of languages are spoken in India. Hindi is a main language.

At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 5:30 p.m. in India.

Interesting Fact
Indian giant squirrels have tails that are about 2 feet long. The main part of their body is a little over a foot long. The squirrels can jump about 20 feet.

India became an independent country in 1947. Britain ruled India before that time. Most Indians believe everyone in India should be free to practice their religious beliefs. However, in recent years, extreme Hindus have become more powerful. They would like India to be more influenced by Hindu ways and beliefs.

More than 900 million people in India follow the Hindu religion.

Christians in many places in India are mistreated because of their faith in Christ. The persecutors know they are less likely to get punished in areas where radical Hindus are in power. Hindus accuse Christians who help the poor and needy of trying to “bribe” or “force” people to become Christians. They also attack pastors who have led Hindus to Christ. In some states of India, Hindus are trying to get the government to pass laws that will make it harder for Christians to help people.