Perplexed, but not in despair, Tripura
Evg. Davis is ministering with Brethren Assembly and over the past 21 years he has been living in Sepahijala District of Tripura. His hearts cry and earnest prayer, for all these years, has been to see the gospel of Jesus reach the ends of the state of Tripura.
Several families living in the nearby villages gather at Brethren Assembly every Sunday to worship Jesus Christ. Few believer families (names withheld because of their safety), living in the village Paschim Gokul Nagar, Bishalgarh Block of Sepahijala District, also congregate with Evangelist C. O. Davis’s Church.
Over the past few days, religious fanatics have threatened these villagers with dire consequences if they did not stop putting their faith in Jesus Christ. They have given an ultimatum to forsake and come back to their original faith. Mentally shaken by the verbal assaults, a few Christian villagers have left the village, the personal property, their land and moved to undisclosed locations. 2 brothers have left their homes and families and are in hiding. The relocation has rendered the families jobless in a new place, as they try to come to terms with the fear and agony they had to undergo.
The house owner of the rented space, where the meeting had been held for the past 8 years, has also been given an ultimatum that, if we rented out the place for worship in the future, he would face stern action.
As they face another Sunday, they are uncertain about how the worship service will be impacted. Church, pray that God’s words of “life” will sooth their souls, calms their spirits and give power to face all uncertainties, through the thick shadow of darkness.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
Evangelist Davis spoke to the Persecution Relief team requesting for prayer support. He is strong in his faith and rests in the knowledge that “God is in control”.
Religion is a matter of personal faith, where the state should have no role to play. However, under the present regime and with the recent election of the BJP Government in Tripura, the radical religious forces are emboldened to push their agenda with impunity. Even though we are citizens of India, because of our faith in the living God and Saviour Jesus Christ, we are being treated as second-class citizens.
Church fast and pray for these situations which is very prevalent in most of the states of India.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you”.
2018 Persecution Relief News.
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