IPC, Church vandalized in Tamil Nadu
In an act of anti-Christian hatred, a Indian Pentecostal Church of God (IPC), in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, was extensively damaged by vandals.
The damage came to light when Pastor and his wife returned home after house visits and praying for the sick.
Pastor Jebaselvan has been ministering with Church of God (IPC) since 1979. He lives behind the Church, in a small house with his wife.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor Jebaselvan and Bro. Xavier briefed about the attack on their Church.
On Sunday, 11th November, Worship Service went ahead as normal. On Monday, the 12th November, Pastor and his wife, left their home around 3 pm – Pastor on house visits and his wife Sis Ezhil, to pray for the sick people.
It is alleged that 4 young men, one of them drunk, broke open the main door to the Church, destroyed the musical instruments broken beyond repair, electric wires ripped out of the wall, broke the chairs, posters torn and Holy Bibles torn up. broke the glass of the windows
When Pastor returned at 5 pm, he was shocked and saddened to see the entire inside of the Church vandalized.
“The destruction in the Church is distressing – the Holy Bible was thrown on the floor with pages ripped out, overturned and broken chairs, all music instruments destroyed and the lights ripped out”.
“This damage is not just a criminal act but an act motivated by anti-Christian sentiment that is prevalent in India today”, he added.
In a difficult and threatening time like this, Pastor has appealed to the Church and to Persecution Relief family, to offer prayerful solidarity and extend support.
Pastor estimates that it would cost upwards of Rs. 1 Lakh/- to repair the damage at the Church and replace the instruments.
The Church has over 30 regular believers attending. Besides Sunday worship service, it also hosts evening prayer meetings.
Several house churches have been prevented from holding prayer gatherings, which is part of an ever-widening nationwide operation targeting unofficial “house churches” across India.
Christians worshipers across India have been facing a rising wave of violence in the past few years. Many attacks are believed to be politically motivated, in an effort to polarize the community, especially in the run up to the elections in April 2019.
Church, please pray against all these developments.
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