The Persecuted family
A Christian woman and her four children were harassed by fanatics on the evening of the 4th of September 2020 in the Indian state of Odisha while her husband was away.
“The men started banging at the door and asking for my husband. I realized that something was not right and did not open the door. I just shouted out that he was not at home and asked them to come later” said *Reena.
Evangelist *Arun, Reena’s husband spoke to Persecution Relief about the incident. “I was 10kms away at another village, attending a prayer meeting. When I got back and heard about the incident, I was shocked.”
“My wife told me that the fanatics began to fight and threated to break our home if we did not leave the village immediately” said Arun who had left his family home back in 2010 after facing persecution there as well. “We live in a hut, its very easy for them to tear it down, hence I was alarmed” he added.
The next day, Arun went to reason out with the fanatics. “They told me that we had to leave because our Christian faith was making their gods leave the village. They then gathered a crowd and followed me back home” he said.
The fanatics then proceeded to vandalize Arun’s home and created a chaos, shouting and threatening them to leave. “You left your own village and have come here with your God, get out of our village and don’t ever come back, the fanatics yelled at me” Arun told Persecution Relief.
“My family was in distress after the incident. Our home was sabotaged. On the 6th of September 2020, I approached the Village headman and fell at his feet, begging for him to intervene. He is a good man and had helped me back in 2012, when a few villagers opposed my faith” Arun explained.
“The headman summoned the fanatics and told them to leave my family alone. He told them that I had every right to peaceful practice my faith like everyone else does. He also said that every family in the village should look after the affairs of their own house hold” Arun narrated.
Arun’s family is the only Christian family in this village. “In 2009, my family disowned me because I decided to follow Jesus Christ. I moved to this village in 2010 and since then, it has been my home while I serve the Christian families living in the surrounding villages said the father of 4.
Pray for peace to reign in Arun’s village. Pray for the family to experience God’s protection, provision and peace in the midst of this persecution. Pray that the entire village, including the persecutors, would witness the salvation and grace of God through the testimony of Arun’s family. Pray for the many Christian families across India that are facing boycott and discrimination on account of their faith.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7. This is the peace that sustains us in the most horrible situations. Those who do not share a personal relationship with God will not understand it. It is a peace that allows us to move ahead in hope and a confidence in a God who holds the whole world in His hands.
In the 1st Half of 2020, Persecution Relief recorded 293 cases of Christian Persecution. In 2019 alone, we recorded the maximum number of 527 cases compared to 447 cases in 2018, 440 in 2017 and 330 in 2016. From January 2016 to June 2020, Persecution Relief has recorded 2067 cases of Hate crimes against Christians in India.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has downgraded India to the lowest ranking, ‘Countries of Particular Concern’(CPC) In its 2020 report. The US State Department ranked India’s persecution severity at “Tier 2” along with Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the past seven years, India has risen from No. 31 to No. 10 on Open Doors’ World Watch List, ranking just behind Iran in persecution severity.
Persecution Relief wishes to withhold personal information to protect the victims of Christian Persecution, hence names and places have been changed. Please know that the content and the presentation of views are the personal opinion of the persons involved and do not reflect those of Persecution Relief. Persecution Relief assumes no responsibility or liability for the same. All Media Articles posted on our website, are not edited by Persecution Relief and is reproduced as generated on the respective website. The views expressed are the Authors/Websites own. If you wish to acquire more information, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or reach us on WhatsApp: +91 9993200020