Religious fanatics stop Cottage Prayer meeting, Madhya Pradesh
Pastor Lakhinder Rehal and Samson Masih have been conducting prayer meetings at one Sister Yashoda’s residence at Mataanar village, Kamaria Tehsil, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh., for the past several years.
On Thursday, 18th July, around 20-30 persons had gathered for their customary Thursday ‘Cottage Prayer meeting’.
Most of the members had arrived around 4.00 pm and praise and worship had started.
Around 6 pm, a mob of around 50 persons arrived at this home, shouting slogans ‘jai shri ram’ and anti-Christian slogans, and brazenly walked into the prayer meeting, demanding that the prayer meeting be stopped. The sisters began explaining that they were not doing anything illegal but sitting in their homes and praying.
The fanatics began arguing with the women folk. “Don’t you have gods in the hindu religion?” “Why are you worshiping this Christian God”?
“You are converting people and you are getting money from abroad that’s why you follow Christianity”, the men falsely accused.
“Our Lord Jesus hears all our prayers and He heals and we get peace with Him. We have the freedom to worship whom we want’ – responded the congregation.
Infuriated by their responses, the fanatics called the Kamaria Police Station and soon the Police arrived at the spot.
The fanatics alleged to the Police that Pastor was distributing Bibles at the meeting. However, the only Bibles were personal Bibles of the members
The religious fanatics influenced the Police and falsely accused Pastor Lakhinder Rehal, his wife Jaswant Kaur and Bro. Samson Masih of indulging in conversion activities.
Pastor Lakhinder Rehal, his wife Jaswant Kaur and Bro. Samson Masih were detained at the Kamaria Police Station, and signed statement undertaking that they will not indulge in conversion activities, taken from them. All along, the fanatics surrounded the Police Station, shouting slogans.
Rev. David Lal, Head of Full Gospel Church, informed the Founder about the incident. Persecution Relief spoke to the Superintendent of Police (SP) Mr. Amit who arranged for a Police Team along with the Addl. SP, to be dispatched to the spot immediately.
Rev. Lal rushed to the Police Station along with other members from the Church – a great example, of unity and team spirit, standing together in support for the arrested members, just as Jesus commanded:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34–35).
The scale of “crack down” against the Christian minority community has been unprecedented, with tighter surveillance of Churches and House Churches.
Persecution Relief has recorded 477 incidents of hate crimes in 2018 of which 24 were recorded from Madhya Pradesh alone.
In 2019, Madhya Pradesh recorded 9 incidents of hate crimes in the past 6 months.
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