Pastor Shailesh Laxman Gaddal has been ministering in Panvel city in Raigad district of Maharashtra, for the past 5 years.
As in the past, on the 25th of Dec. Pastor had organised a special meeting at a rented courtyard venue in Boisar, which is an industrial area in Palghar District of Maharashtra.
Around 300 people had congregated for this special occasion. At around 12 noon when the program was going on, a mob of religious fanatics stormed into the worship service, armed with lathis, and other weapons, raising pro-Hindutva slogans. They began to question the believers and the Pastor accusing them of being involved in conversion activities. Soon the mob turned hostile and the entire environment was filled with fear. “Without provocation” the mob started to beat the believers. Pastor was singled out and brutally beaten that his ear drum has ruptured. This entire assault was strangely videotaped by the perpetrators.
Most of the people who had gathered for prayer were migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, who ran away out of fear of confrontation.
Pastor Shailesh was rushed to the hospital emergency room and received further treatment for the badly damaged ear drum.
Church pray for this brave Pastor, who has suffered a severe and beating for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray also for the government, the local administration and the persecutors that they would have an encounter with the living God.
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