‘Let’s see if your Jesus comes here to save you’
Believers in India were taunted, beaten and forced to pose ‘like Christ on the cross’ in police custody when extremists accused them of ‘forced conversion’.
Pastor Indresh Kumar Gautam and four others were arrested after 30 Hindu extremists broke up their Sunday service in Pratapgarh district, Uttar Pradesh.
Please pray for Pastor Indresh, aged 24, and the four others arrested with him.
As extremists armed with sticks and rods threatened the congregation and started beating people, police officers who had come with the extremists looked on.
Later at the police station, a senior officer brutally beat the five detainees with a cane, insulting them and accusing them of trying to convert local people. He forced four of them to pose as if they were being crucified, because he wanted to see how it felt to ‘torture Jesus’. ‘Let’s see if your Jesus would come here to save you,’ he mocked.
The Christians were released on bail after signing an affidavit promising not to engage in ‘conversion activities’; one said he was not a Christian. Pastor Indresh says he intends to take legal action.
- Ask God to heal all those who were beaten. One, named Akash, is said to be in severe pain and unable to walk.
- Pray for the church in India, especially in eastern Uttar Pradesh where anti-Christian sentiment runs high. Pray that Christians will remain steadfast. Ask God to encourage Pastor Indresh’s church which is now meeting in smaller home groups.
- Pray specifically for the police involved in the arrest and torture of Pastor Indresh and the others. Pray that Jesus will speak to their hearts and convict them of the truth.
(Source: Morning Star News)
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