Fanatics inhumanly attack Pastor and his wife during Sunday Worship Service, Karnataka
Pastor being beaten
Almost every day we have cases of Christian persecution being reported on the Persecution Relief Toll Free Number- 1800-1234-461. Not only is the amount of calls disturbing but the severity and degree of persecution which is agonizing. This is the most recent case that was reported. We pray that as you read, The Holy Spirit would reveal ways in which you could support the persecuted Church.
We received a call from Pastor Francis informing us about a rather heart wrenching incident that involved his friend, Pastor Tukaram. It took place in Bagalkot district which is situated in the state of Karnataka, India.
Pastor Tukaram S. Chavan serves with Zoe Ministries. He has been ministering in Navanagar, a town in Bagalkot district since the past 3 years. He gathers around 40 believers every Sunday to pray and worship at a premises which he pays a rent of Rs3000 per month.
On 3/11/19, at 10:30am the Sunday Worship service started as usual. The believers gathered to pray and worship together. An hour later Pastor Tukaram begun leading the believers in prayer, completely unaware of the horrors he was going to encounter. As the Pastor prayed, a group of religious enthusiasts barged into the prayer meeting, disrupting and upsetting the congregation!
They immediately identified the pastor and rushed to him. As they begun to surround him they started questioning him, “What are you doing? Why have you kept all these people in the room? Are you converting them?” etc.
Without giving the already terrified Pastor a chance to speak, one of the men grabbed him by the collar of his shirt while a few others started beating him. They then started dragging him towards the doorway. The believers present tried their best to stop the angry men but they were adamant. Pastor Tukarams wife, Manu who had recently had a baby was panic-struck. Still recovering from child birth, she rushed to help her husband who was being beaten and dragged out, but they inhumanly and unapologetically kicked her in her stomach! She instantly fell to the floor in pain as the kick made a traumatic impact on the almost healed Caesarean surgery.
As shocked onlookers watched the group of angry men beat the Pastor outside the church, the believers got together and pulled him out of their clutches, rescuing him. Satisfied with the damage they had done, the fanatics left, taking along the sound system, keyboard and other musical instruments with them.
The local Pastors namely, Basappa,Johnson and a few others were informed and came hurriedly to Pastor Tukarams aid. They took him and his wife Manu to the Zila Government Hospital where they were examined and later admitted.
The Founder of Persecution Relief spoke to Tukaram while he was at the hospital and also was briefed about the incident by the local leaders. Considering all the information, he then spoke to the Superintendent Of Police (SP) Mr.Lokesh. In conversation he assured him that he would immediately look into the matter. He later spoke to Mr.Thomas again informing him about the arrest of Motilal Namani who is the prime suspect of this case. An FIR has also been registered based on the complaint made.
As this story is being written, the Pastor and his wife are still ailing in the hospital. We spoke to Pastor Johnson inquiring about their condition. He said that Pastor Tukaram has to undergo a scan. A few parts of his body are still swollen after the attack. His wife, who was hurt was taken to Bargi, a private hospital. We were priveledged to support this family by helping them cover the cost of her scan and treatment.
Serve Persecuted, Love Persecutors! That is our motto at Persecution Relief! Our goal is to provide comprehensive support to the persecuted church in India by linking it to the free church of the world. That is YOU!
If this story has moved you, and you want to stand and support the persecuted believers in India do let us know how. It will be a joy to serve you.
Persecution Relief has recorded 330 incidents of hate crime against Christians in 2016, 440 incidents in 2017, 477 incidents in 2018 and till August 2019 we have recorded 302 incidents of Christian Persecution against Christians in India.
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