Church Set on Fire in Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Manoj Jacob from Yeshu Ashram informed Persecution Relief about this incident.
On 16th November, around 2.00 am in the morning, a Church in Ahladpur village in Nevada Block in Kaushambi District of Uttar Pradesh, was burned with “criminal intent”.Standing as a grim testament to this ghastly and horrific hate crime, are the half-burnt and charred wooden logs. All else, was burnt down to ashes.
Pastor Sone Lal has been ministering with Dwar Ashram, a subsidiary of Yeshu Ashram, since 2014. Just 4 months ago, after years of cutting back and saving, Pastor managed to buy a small plot of land, to build a temporary structure, as a place of worship, made with Bamboo and coconut fronds – a comfortable place that could accommodate around 1200 persons who gathered every Sunday to worship Jesus Christ.
In the early hours of Friday, 16th October, Pastor Sone received a call from members who live around the vicinity of the Church, informing him of the fire outbreak.
Rushing to the scene of the crime, Pastor who livedaround 3 kms away, was disappointed to find the Church structure burnt down to ashes.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, he narrated the whole incident claiming that this was not the first attack on this church.
“This is not the first time the Church is being attacked. We were not allowed to gather for worship for over 3 months because of false allegations and accusations made against us of indulging in conversion activities”
“Ultimately, I approached the High Court of Allahabad and secured permission to worship again”.
“I feel very sad about what happened.” Pastor said. “However, I am very eager to return and rebuild the Church. This is the land God gave me… I’m not afraid to go back and re–build the Church the Holy Spirit makes me strong.”
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Pastor has reported the matter to Sarai Akil Police Station and a FIR has been lodged against unidentified persons.
This is not the first time that that charges of conversion have been slapped against Christians in this state.According to data recorded with Persecution Relief, Uttar Pradesh experienced a high number of violent attacks against Christians – 91 incidents recorded in the last 10 months of 2018.
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