“His love binds me close to Him”, Odisha

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Romans 8:35 enquires the deep rootedness of our faith in Christ. It clearly puts forth many obstacles and turning points that can deviate us from following Christ if our hope and trust is not firm in Him.

Jaya Chandra Pradhan, living in Katadaganda village located in Belaghar Tehsil of Kandhamal district in Odisha foretells the story of continued persecution. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour in the year 2005 and since then, there was no turning back. In 2008, his fellow village people have warned him several times to deny his faith and convert back to a Hindu.

When Jaya Pradhan didn’t budge with such warnings, the persecutors burned down his house. He was homeless and had to take shelter in a relief camp, where he lived for six long months. Thereafter, he stayed in a rented house for five years.

With God’s grace, Jaya was able to reconstruct a house and returned to his native village to his ageing parents, who have now passed away. Jaya had submitted his life to Christ, and have taken up Evangelism as his calling.

With every passing day, he is witnessing social discrimination and life-threatening warnings. The persecutors tell him that if he doesn’t deny Christ, he will be shot down. Earlier few villagers used to support him in his agricultural fields in return of a wage. Now everyone is scared to come and help him as they also stand losing their lives or being tortured.

His village people have still not accepted him due to his faith in Christ. Out of the 75 devout Hindu families in the village, Jaya is the lone Christian with his wife and three children. Earlier, he had few believers coming and worshipping with him but now it is he and his family only who offers praise and worship to the living God from their house itself.

When asked if he is afraid, Jaya acknowledged that he does sometimes fear but still would not renounce his faith. He has requested Persecution Relief to uphold him and his family in prayers.

Pray for Jaya and his family to stand strong.

Pray that Jesus, our stronghold, provides protection and comfort to Jaya Pradhan and his family.

Pray for the transformation of the villagers so that they love the family of Jaya and let they be convicted of their sins.

Pray that Odisha – one of the states with severe Christian persecution – can experience a personal encounter with Jesus, like Saul had.

Pray that Persecution Relief can serve the persecuted relentlessly through God’s divine provisions and wisdom.

Dear beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, when times get tough, it is only natural that our belief in the Lord may start wavering. During these times, Jaya Pradhan and many alike him, who are facing persecution for their faith instills the confidence and courage in us and allows us to examine our standing in Christ. We pray that each one of us remain a fervent believer during the times of crises by putting our trust and hope in Jesus Christ alone.

As you pray, meditate on the living Word of God from Ephesians 3:16-17, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love.”

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