Pastor, Villagers threatened with ex-communication, Chhattisgarh
Pr Chamru and family
Pastor Chamru Damoh’s life turned around 180 degrees when he had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. From that day forward, he has become an ardent and devoted follower. Pastor belongs to the Muria Adivasi tribe(scheduled tribe), who are part of the of Chhattisgarh.
Several years ago, in obedience to the call by God upon his life, Pastor Chamru started a small fellowship in Badekameli a Village in Dantewada District of Chattisgarh State. It soon grew into a House Church, with over 25 families attending Worship services, regularly.
On Friday, 09th August, one of the members of the Church,Sis. Somli, lost her husband. Unfortunately, her husband did not share her faith. When news that preparations were being made for the burial of the body reached the relatives and the local village leaders, they vehemently objected to it.
They threatened and terrorized Pastor with dire consequences. With the help of the locals, he was taken to a safe and unknown location fearing further escalation of the situation, from the uncontrollable, religious and militant mob!!
Speaking to Persecution Relief from hiding, Pastor Chamru expressed deep sadness with the way the religious fanatics have fabricated stories and painted him as being involved in conversion activities.
Based on their false inputs, the village elders concludedthat all 25 Christian families need to be excommunicated. They have been given 10 days to vacate the village.
Local Church Leader Inderjeet who first heard about this incident, informed Persecution Relief.
Church, pray for Pastor Chamru, his family, and the congregation, for their safety and protection. It is learnt that the village heads are scheduled to hold meetings. While the excommunications are decreed, they are also being threatened to pay a penalty.
In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded 447 incidents of hate-crimes, with 17 cases reported from Chhattisgarh, the 8th most hostile among the 29 states.
In the first six months of 2019, we have recorded 180 incidents of hate crimes against Christians, with 8incidents from Chhattisgarh alone.
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