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I received the following email update from Partners International today.  If you would like to create an account to receive their email updates, click here. 

Perhaps you have heard news of the atrocities happening to believers in the Indian state of Orissa. These people are some of the poorest in the world. They live in makeshift houses and are day laborers working the fields for rich landlords. Over the past several weeks, an estimated 17,000 of them have fled their villages for safety in the jungles. This is the second wave of attacks by Hindu radicals in the last year. But this time is far worse. Many homes were burned, an undetermined number of people were killed, and several hundred churches destroyed.

Radical Hindus are angry because Indians are turning to Christ. Violent mobs try to force the Christians to recant their faith and if they don’t, they are killed or forced out of their village and their homes destroyed.

Several of our ministry partners work in the very region where the worst atrocities are happening. One of them, Mr. P, travels throughout the state encouraging other church planters and community development workers. The attacks usually come during the night, so every evening about 5 p.m. he takes his wife and two young children to the jungle where they spend the night, returning after sunrise the next morning. He is sure that if they stayed at home, he and his family would be murdered. Just a few days ago, Mr. P phoned our ministry partner very shaken up saying, “Our neighboring family was brutally murdered last night and we are in terror every moment.”

Another ministry partner had just finished helping local Christians start a day-care center and school for 100 children who had not had an opportunity to attend school before. The school had only been open a month when on Sunday morning, September 7, a mob of more than 200 people entered the village and stopped the worship service. They kidnapped two school volunteers and marched them through town, kicking and beating them on the way. They took them to the panchayat (village council) and demanded to know why within six months 600 to 800 people had been baptized. (The deception told is that Christians bribe Hindus into converting to Christianity.) After lodging their complaint against the Christians, they released the volunteers. The mob returned to the day-care center and looted a month’s worth of food and supplies before burning it to the ground.

These two examples are mild compared to other atrocities, including rape and burning people alive. Would you please pray for believers in Orissa? In addition, we would like to help these believers financially. Will you help provide funds for them to purchase basic supplies? Our immediate goal is to help 500 families in the worst-hit district of Orissa at a cost of $500 per family.

These believers have chosen not to forsake Christ, and some have lost everything but their lives. Will you stand with them, maybe even take on one family, with your gift today?

Thank you for your care for our persecuted brothers and sisters in India and around the world.

Under His Wings,
Jon Lewis

Partners International
1117 E. Westview Court
Spokane, WA 99218 USA
(800) 966-5515

Partners International is a global ministry that works to create and grow
communities of Christian witness in partnership with God’s people in the least Christian regions of the world.


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