Christian Persecution intensifies in Tamil Nadu
The churches in the state of Tamil Nadu are under increasing attack – house churches are being disrupted and forcefully closed, church structures are being burned down, the Bible is being burned, tract distributions are forcefully stopped, Christians are being harassed and pastors are beaten up on a regular basis.
Persecution Relief has reported 48 incidents of hate crime against Christians in 2017 and 67 such cases in 2018 in the state of Tamil Nadu alone.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor Jeevaraj informed us that he runs a house church at his residence in Eravadi, a village in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu state, where around ten Christians have been gathering every Sunday for worship for the past two years.
Pastor Jeevaraj is continuously harassed by religious fanatic groups. Three years ago, fanatics burned down his prayer house.
“On 13th March 2018, police officials from Eravadi visited my house twice and at around 8 pm the sub-inspector asked me to come to the police station. Around 8:30 pm I went alone to the police station and I found around two dozen religious fanatics were already present there”, said Pastor Jeevaraj.
“The sub-inspector, influenced by the fanatics, started questioning me and made all sorts of allegations against me.”
Since Pastor Jeevaraj did not return home till 10:30 pm, his wife went to the police station. The inspector prepared a statement and forced both Pastor Jeevaraj and his wife to sign the statement. The statement stated among other things that
• they would not hold prayer meetings at their residence,
• they would not share about Jesus to anybody in their neighborhood,
• that people should not come to their house for prayer
Left with no choice, they signed the statement. Pastor Jeevaraj said,
“I left the police station late at night and when I reached home, I found my house vandalized with stones and liquor bottles.”
Dr R. Anburajan, Secretary of Voice of Justice, spoke to the Supdt of Police (SP) and South Zone Inspector General (IG). 40 Pastors under the leadership of Pr Vino along with 4 Lawyers visited the police station and asked the police officials to file First Information Report (FIR) and to take firm action against the religious fanatics. Later, FIR was filed and Police has assured to take firm action.
The Bible tells us to pray for those in the midst of persecution! Hebrews 13:3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.
Church, rise up and pray for our dear Pastor Jeevaraj his wife and 3 children, after the midnight attack, they are fearful and are planning to shift from the current residence, Church Pray that they find a suitable place to live peacefully. Despite enormous challenges Pastor is strong in his faith and he wants to continue ministering at the same place.
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