Church burnt, Andhra Pradesh
The Christian Community in Guntur, expressed disappointment and condemned the burning of the “Holy Spirit Foundation Church”, as they gathered at the site in a show of support and unity, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Pastor and wife at the incident place
Pastor Kalimala Purushotham had been ministering at “Holy Spirit Foundation Church”, since the past 5 years, where around 500 Christians gather every Sunday. This thatched-roof Church was located at Nallapadu, a neighbourhood of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.
On Friday, 24th May, around mid-night, it is alleged that religious fanatics trespassed into the property, set the thatched roof-cottage-Church on fire, and completely razed it to the ground.
All the Church materials like Holy Bibles, Chairs, Musical Instruments and the Pulpit, were reduced to ashes.
On receiving the news, Pastor Purushotham, who lives around 2 kms away in a village called Vengalaya Palli, rushed to the spot to see the unbelievable sight. Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor’s son Israel, a graduate from Bible College, expressed great sadness and disappointment at this religious, hatred-motivated crime. He estimated the loss at around Rs. 5 Lakhs.
Church pray that God in His mercy, would comfort and strengthen Pastor Purushotham and his family.
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With Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is a practicing Christian, taking over as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Christians in Andhra Pradesh are praying that the situation with the Christian community would enjoy religious freedom, to practice their faith in safety.
Church, please pray for God’s supernatural protection over Christians across India.
The scale of “crack down” against the Christian minority community has been unprecedented.
In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded more than 477 hate-crimes against Christians. In the first four months of 2019, we recorded 157 incidents up to April.
In 2018, Andhra Pradesh recorded 16 incidents, making it the 9th most hostile state against Christians. 9 incidents have been recorded so far, from Andhra Pradesh, in 2019.
9 Church buildings have been burnt this year. This is the 2nd Church that is being burnt in Andhra Pradesh.
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