3 Tribal Christian families ostracized, homes vandalized, Chhattisgarh
3 years ago, 3 families of 21 members – including women and children belonging to 3 tribal families: 1) Sariyam Mangi, 2) Puram Nande, and 3) Pamda Joji, live in village Bhodiguda, in District Sukma in Chhattisgarh. All of the adults, are committed followers of Jesus Christ as their Savior.
1) Sariyam Mangi, 2) Puram Nande, and 3) Pamda Joji and family members with Pastor Philip
They live among cluster of houses in village Bhodiguda, in district Sukma, Chhattisgarh. Sukma district is the newly formed, southernmost district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is located in Bastar. The Sukma district borders with Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Every alternate Sunday, these 3 family’s travels around 20 kms to village Ingaram, to attend Sunday worship service at Christian Assembly Church. Such has been their devotion and dedication.
These families had been facing periodic and severe opposition from the local villagers who have made it their goal to drive out every Christian from the village.
On Sunday, 26th May, around 9.00 am, before they could leave for Church, a mob of more than 100 villagers and religious fanatics, attacked them. Shouting slogans and abuses, denouncing Christians, they terrorized the families and vandalized all their homes.
All houses were stripped of their roofs
Sariyam Mangi, Puram Nande, Pamda Joji and all the 21 members – including children and old parents were persecuted, beaten and their houses were completely vandalized.
Women and Mothers had to flee with their babies
Threatened with death, the believers were forced to flee for fear of their lives, they ran away, carrying their young and old ones, abandoning their homes, leaving behind their personal property and possessions.
A section of the vandalized homes
After considerable time, when they felt the persecutors had left, they returned to find their homes totally vandalized and the houses stripped off their roofs. With no money or resources to reconstruct their homes, the families spent 2 weeks living out in the open, under trees, hopeless and clueless, on how to get their lives back in order.
The onset of the rains and the cold season, compounded to their hardship and placed the families in further harm’s way as they are unable to protect themselves from the elements.
In spite of their circumstances, their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ, nevertheless, remains steadfast
It also means that heavy rains and hailstorm, has destroyed all the grains and wheat which they had stored up and preserved for the whole year.
As soon as Persecution Relief were alerted about the plight of the Christians, much needed support was immediately provided to meet their basic needs, to help rebuild their lives and their homes. Pastor Philip, their local Pastor, has been enriching the group spiritually.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Vijay and Puram Desa, sons of Puram Nande, expressed disappointment and sadness about the attack.
“Although what has happened is very sad, our resolve to follow Jesus Christ is unshaken”.
Church, RISE UP. Pray that God would do such a work that could only be explained as an “act of God.” May these first-generation believers experience the faithfulness of a prayer-answering God.
Pray that the resources needed will be supernaturally provided.
“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” – 1 Corinthians 12:26
In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded 447 incidents of hate-crimes, with 17 cases from Chhattisgarh, the 8th most hostile among the 29 states.
In the first four months of 2019, we have recorded 157 incidents of hate crimes against Christians, with 7 cases from Chhattisgarh alone.
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