Fighting the good fight, West Bengal
A young Christian man was recently boycotted by local villagers after he refused to forsake Jesus Christ.
In a Country like India where the Christian community amounts to just 2.3% of its population, persecution of Christians might seem like a trivial issue. However, Christians from all walks of life have been facing persecution in its varied forms. A vast majority of India’s populace consider Christianity a western religion when in reality, it blossomed in Asia itself and spread throughout the world. Even though the British inflicted a lot of hurt and pain on India, they still left behind Christian schools, universities, hospitals, orphanages and many other entities that have contributed towards social causes and have played a crucial role in the development of the country. Thomas, the Apostle is believed to have been the first person to introduce India to Christianity around 2000 yrs. ago. Sadly, most Indians today, even in villages, still associate Christianity with British tyranny and tend to side line it as a ‘foreign religion’.
*Abdul Rehman was introduced to Christianity 8 years ago. Convinced and convicted after hearing the Gospel, he soon accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and surrendered his life to serve Him. He initially worked in the south-Indian state of Kerala but soon decided to return to his home state of West Bengal, India. It has been 5 years since his return to his home and village. Sadly, the news of him accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior was not received well by his family and fellow-villagers.
Living in a Muslim community, *Abdul was often mocked at and ridiculed for accepting Jesus Christ, but that did not stop him from evangelizing to his friends and fellow neighbors. In a short while, *Abdul had led a small group of people to the Lord. He would have small prayer meetings at his family home where he used to live with his parent and siblings.
Many religious fanatics within the village began to get agitated about what *Abdul was doing. He was soon met with threats and intimidation whenever he stepped out of his home. His own community began to scorn him. They began threatening to boycott him and his family from the village. Fearing the worstfrom the fanatics, *Abdul’s family turned against him and hisbrothers began to make his life miserable.
A couple of months back, *Abdul returned home from an errand only to be welcomed with blows from his brothers. They dragged him out of the house and kicked him into a puddle of dirty water. They then held him face down and submerged his face in the mire and threatened him to forsake Christ. After having a real encounter with Jesus Christ, *Abdul refused to turn his back on his Savior. All this took place in the presence of his family and fellow villagers. No one came forward to stand by him. He was immediately boycotted from all village amenities and activities.
A few weeks passed and *Abdul’s family came to their wits end regarding his unwillingness to turn away from Christianity. They beat him up, threatened him and forcefully got him married to a Muslim girl as a means of drawing him back to his old ways. All of 30 years, *Abdul who wanted to continue serving the Lord, suddenly found himself stranded. He chose to move 3kms away from his village and home, with his new bride and continue to serve Jesus Christ. He still receives threats and warnings from his community but is very sure about his allegiance to the kingdom of God.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, *Abdul has requested the Church to pray for him and his community. “They are blinded by their faith; they don’t understand yet!” was his response to their actions. Pray for *Abdul, that he may continue to walk in courage and win many souls for God’s Kingdom, that God would cause him to be a blessing to his family and his village. Pray that his Family would experience Jesus Christ for themselves and realize the truth and reality of *Abdul’s Savior.
As Paul writes, “The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4. We have to see the deep truth in Paul’s statement. Our fight is not against mere man but against Satan-the source of all evil. How do we battle against Satan? We need only to be still in God’s presence, worship him, PRAY and put our complete trust and faith in Jesus Christ. The battle belongs to God. When we do this, we will witness walls crumbling, chains breaking, and most importantly-The light of the Gospel setting the captives of darkness free!
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From January 2016 to March 2020, Persecution Relief has recorded 1961 cases of Hate crimes against Christians in India. In the 1st Quarter of 2020, we recorded 187 cases.
Between 1st Quarter of 2016 to 1st Quarter of 2020, there has been a rise of 128.04 % of Hate Crimes against Christians all across the country. In 1st Quarter of 2016, we have recorded 82 cases, in 2017 – 134, 2018 – 117, 2019 – 130 and in 2020 we recorded 187 cases of Christian Persecution.
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.
In 2019 we have 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.
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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