Pastor brutally beaten by religious fanatics and Police for praying at his home, Karnataka
Christians holding a prayer meeting were attacked by an angry mob of more than 100 Hindu radicals who stormed in and beat the worshippers, injuring several.
On Thursday, 8th November, Pastor Shrikant Hadimani was leading a small group in prayer, at his residence cum House Church, when the attack took place. The fanatics barged into the rented home cum prayer hallPastor was singled out by the hard-line religious fanatics
Pastor Shrikant affiliated with Assemblies of God Church, has been ministering at Lokapur village, in Mudhol taluk of Bagalkot district, Belgaum Division in the state of Karnataka.
Pastor Srikanth was beaten up and dragged along the road for a kilometer to the local police station where he was further assaulted by officers, leaving him with a fractured chin bone. The radicals accused the pastor of bribing Hindus to convert to Christianity by offering them money and gifts.
Pastor Srikanth was detained at the Police Station until 7pm that evening and, upon his release, was warned by police not to conduct prayers in the village any more.
Christians worshippers 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.
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.
Church, pray for Pastor Srikanth, to be healed completely, physically, mentally and spiritually, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Pray that pastor will not harbor any bitterness but inspire the enemies of the cross by the love of our Jehovah God.
Pray that the persecutors would be transformed from Saul to Paul, that they would come to know the love of the living God.
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