Pastor tied to a tree and brutally assaulted, Karnataka.
Pastor Manjappa.K serves with The Full Gospel Ministry. He ministers at a village in the Nargund Taluka of the GadagDistrict which features in the Indian state of Karnataka State.
As Pastor Manjappa.K is only fluent with the local language, he asked his co-worker, Pastor Parshuram to assist him in conversing with Persecution Relief on a conference call. He briefly narrated a horrible ordeal that he had recently faced.
On 01/03/20 the Pastor attended the Church Service as usual. As soon as the service was brought to a close, a mob of over 40 religious goons stormed into the worship place and grabbed the Pastor while accusing him of forcefully converting the village folk to Christianity. While a few of the fanatics held him, the others verbally and physically abused him. Soon other villagers joined in as well and dragged him to a nearby tree. There they bound him to the tree with the help of a rope and severely assaulted him.
The Nargund Police station was soon informed about the attack and a few police men rushed to the scene. But astonishingly,even the presence of the Police did not hinder the fanatics from brutally beating up the Pastor.
The Police then restrained the mob and took the Pastor to the local police station. The police then seen the seriousness of the Pastors injuries and rushed him to a nearby hospital. His body sustained severe internal injuries. He was then taken to theGerman Hospital (CSI) in Gadag for further medical investigation and scanning.
Our Persecution Relief representative encouraged and prayed for Pastor Manjappa. Persecution relief also provided financial assistance to the Pastor to meet his medical expenses.
Pray that Pastor Manjappa recovers well and quickly. Pray that he would experience Gods peace and comfort during this painful time. Pray that God may change the hearts of the religious fanatics and lead them to the truth of the Gospel.
Though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy- 1 Peter 1:8. Our lives are a testament to the reality of God. Because of our faith in Jesus, we have a hope beyond our trials. This is the kind of joy that the world cannot take away! Such joy proves our faith to be genuine.
Between January 2016 to December 2019, there has been a rise of 59.6% of Hate Crimes against Christians all across the country. 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.
What stands out amongst the Hate Crimes in India is that 4 Christians were murdered in 2019. We 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.
The state of Uttar Pradesh has showed a shocking 179.4% leap in cases of Christian Persecution between 2016 to 2019! From 39 cases being reported in 2016, the number has sky rocketed to 109 cases in 2019 alone bringing the total count from across the country to 527 cases. Uttar Pradesh has proved to be the most hostile state in the country against Christians for the past 3 consecutive years. Tamil Nadu continues to rank as the second most hostile state in the country with 75 cases, followed by Karnataka with 32 cases, bringing the state of Maharashtra to number 4 with 31 cases and Bihar with 30 cases stands at number 5.
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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