Christians forcefully reconverted to Hinduism, Chattisgarh.
4 Christian families were forced into ‘Ghar Wapsi’ in Borsi, a Village in the state of Chattisgarh.
Pastor Manmohan Borsi has been serving the Lord in Borsi, a Village in the Magarlod Tehsil of the Dhamtari District in the Indian state of Chattisgarh.
Pastor Manmohan was recently invited to pray at the home of a believer named Santosh Sinha who has been a follower of Jesus Christ for many years. Pastor Manmohan who lives just 3 kms away from Santosh’s house arrived at around 6pm and waited for Santosh to return home from work. Once Santosh reached home, the rest along with Pastor Manmohan gathered to pray for half an hour, between 7-7:30pm.
“I was just about to leave on my bike when a group of religious fanatics suddenly approached and surrounded me.”said Pastor Manmohan in conversation with Persecution Relief. “They asked me why I had come, so I told them that Santosh had invited me to pray at his home.” He exclaimed.
The fanatics who refused to let Pastor Manmohan go, started gathering the head and leaders of the village and called a meeting, where they began interrogating the Pastor. Santosh who was also present interrupted the questioning saying, “Since I am also a follower of Jesus Christ, I invited Pastor Manmohan to come to my house and pray with me.” Further he went on to say, “ You have boycotted me and my family from every village activity because we follow Jesus Christ. We go and pray at people’s homes only when they invite us. We simply tell them about Jesus, we don’t convert any body, only Jesus can change their lives.”
At about 11:30pm at night, the fanatics who still forbid the Pastor to leave, asked him to call the head and leaders of his village, but no body showed up, after which they let the Pastor go at around 12:30am in the dead of the night.
The religious fanatics were relentless, the next day they called a meeting along with the head and leaders of the village and summoned the 4 Christian families who are a part of the village of Borsi. The fanatics, along with the support of the leaders of the village severely threatened the Christians with dire consequences if they did not convert to Hinduism. Unfortunately, the intense pressure and trauma that the fanatics inflicted on the Christians proved too much to bear, resulting in the reconversion of all 4 families back to Hinduism.
The next day, the Pastor went to the Magarload Police station and submitted a written complaint of what had happened. The Pastor and the Christians continue to trust God for guidance and comfort during this challenging time and have requested prayer.
A local Christian reporter named Ravi Kumar is also well informed about this incident and has been helpful with his information. The local Christian body has been a great source of encouragement to the Pastor.
Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who have faced this agonizing ordeal, that God’s faithfulness would shield them from falling back to their old ways. Pray that Pastor Manmohan would courageously continue to serve God. Most importantly, pray for the persecutors who do not know what they are doing, that they may have a supernatural and life changing encounter with Jesus Christ.
The Church- the Body of Christ and family of God, is a place where we can openly share both, the good and the bad. In the New Testament, we may often stumble upon these two powerful words, ‘one another’- which characterize interdependence. “Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. Live in harmony with one another” – Romans 12:10, 16. But verse 15 simply gives the Church one of it’s most important functions- “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Every day, scores of Christians are being persecuted for their faith. For now we may be safe, but may we never cease to share in their suffering as one Body, United in Christ.
Between January 2016 to December 2019, there has been a rise of 59.6% of Hate Crimes against Christians all across the country. In 2019 alone, Persecution Relief has recorded the maximum number of 527 cases compared to 447 cases in 2018, 440 in 2017 and 330 in 2016.
What stands out amongst the Hate Crimes in India is that 4 Christians were murdered in 2019. We recorded 199 incidents related to Threats, Intimidations & Harassments against Christians, 104 incidents of Church attacks, 85 incidents of Physical Violence reported which includes Women & Children, 100s of House Churches were forcefully closed down by Religious Fanatics and the local administrations.
The state of Uttar Pradesh has showed a shocking 179.4% leap in cases of Christian Persecution between 2016 to 2019! From 39 cases being reported in 2016, the number has sky rocketed to 109 cases in 2019 alone bringing the total count from across the country to 527 cases. Uttar Pradesh has proved to be the most hostile state in the country against Christians for the past 3 consecutive years. Tamil Nadu continues to rank as the second most hostile state in the country with 75 cases, followed by Karnataka with 32 cases, bringing the state of Maharashtra to number 4 with 31 cases and Bihar with 30 cases stands at number 5.
US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 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.
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