“Deny Jesus or die!”
Religious fanatics turned the Sunday service, held in the remote village of Chote Markeli, Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, into a scene of bloody horror and outrage as they entrapped the Christians who were brutally beaten up.
On Sunday, 03rd February, Christians had gathered to celebrate Sunday worship service which was being held at Manglu’s residence as was customary. Around 10 am, religious fanatics along with local villages, surrounded the house as the meeting was in progress. Shouting slogans, they trespassed into the House Church, vandalizing the place, apprehended the terrified believers and rounded them into an open area.
“Deny Jesus or die” the mob yelled out at them.
The believers refused to recant and said that they will never deny Christ who they believe is the one true God of the Bible, no matter what happens.
Seeing their steely resolve in spite of the threat of beating and death, the incensed religious fanatics and local villagers, pounced on them, and brutally beat them up indiscriminately.
Amidst the screams and cries of the congregation, as they tried to take cover, women were not spared. The children watched the bloody sight in abject terror as their parents and other faithful believers were attacked because of their faith in Jesus.
Around 15 members were brutally beaten and a several collapsed under this severe assault. The Local Pastor Jai Ram, Lakmu Michha, Chetu Michha, Ashok, Pawan, Bhagli, Sunita, Anita, and an elderly Sis. Bundi, collapsed with a broken hand. She was later referred to a Hospital in Bijapur for surgery of her broken hand.
Several suffered serious head wounds while the more seriously injured were taken to a nearby hospital.
Narrating the incident to Persecution Relief, was Pastor Ramesh Jhadi, a member of a gramin fellowship, and Secretary of “Stephen Pastors Association”.
Local Christian Leaders contacted the local Police Station and reported shameful and cowardly incident. A FIR has been registered and the Police have assured that they will take strict action against the Persecutors. They have also promised to provide security, to ensure peace in the area.
According to sources, the villages had planned the attack on Saturday night.
Ordinary Christians like Pastor Jai Ram and Sister Bundi, give a different meaning to the phrase, “live for Christ”, redefining the meaning of commitment to the Christian faith.
Stories like these are a dangerous indicator of how easy it is to attack a gathering of Christians, with impunity and liberty, in different parts of India, while the government remains mute, ignoring the gravity of these attacks. Scores continue to live to Christ, faithfully, even through all the fear and persecution.
Church, pray for the Christians who have been attacked in the village of Chote Markeli, as they return to pick up the pieces of their lives, for them to have the spirit of forgiveness, so that Jesus Christ may receive all the glory and honor He deserves through their lives.
Let us be united in one Spirit and stand with the Persecuted Church in India, in a time like this!
In 2018, Persecution Relief recorded 477 incidents of violence against Christians. In January 2019, 45 incidents of persecution have been recorded across India so far.
“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12
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