Reverend miraculously saved from raging mob, Maharashtra.

Reverend miraculously saved from raging mob, Maharashtra.

Rev. Ganesh Wankhede was miraculously delivered from the clutches of an agitated mob of around a 100 religious fanatics.

Tersu Bhai and his family live in a village called Pelhar in the District of Palghar which is located in the state of Maharashtra, India.  Rev. Ganesh Wankhede ministers with Greater Grace Fellowship (GGF) of which, Tersu Bhai and his family, are alsomembers. Tersu Bhai recently renovated his house and hadinvited Rev. Ganesh and a few other believers to pray and bless their home.

Once all the guests arrived, the prayer meeting started with a sense of excitement at 7pm. Rev. Ganesh shared from God’s Word after a beautiful time of prayer and worship. As Rev. Ganesh almost concluded his sermon, a faint chanting of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ could be heard. As the chanting kept getting louder,the believers began to sense that something was not right. All of a sudden, a group of men rushed into Tersu Bhai’s home, shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and started physically assaulting the Christians. The group of Hindu fanatics were just a small part of a mob consisting of over a 100 religious fanatics who had surrounded Tersu Bhai’s home.

The fanatics who wanted to get their hands on Rev. Ganesh demanded that he be sent outside the house, however, the Christian women who were present, surrounded Rev. Ganesh and did not allow the fanatics to touch him or take him outside.A few believers got together and attempted to talk to the fanatics, while a few others gathered in a room to pray- A reminder of how the Church prayed for Peter in the book of Acts. As they prayed, they heard a loud blast followed by a complete black out. Apparently, a transformer near the househad exploded resulting in a power cut.

The sudden power outage caused a big commotion in that area. In the midst of the pandemonium, 2 men on a motorcycle approached the believers who were outside Tersu Bhai’s home and offered to drop Rev. Ganesh back home safely. However, the Reverend refused to go as he felt the Lord warning him not to go with them.  Taking advantage of the darkness, a few Christian women, took Rev. Ganesh on a path through a jungle which would lead to the highway while another believer took the Reverend’s scooter and rode it to the highway and met the women and Rev. Ganesh there. By God’s supernatural protection, the Reverend who lives around 25 kms away, reached home safely.

Speaking to Persecution Relief, Rev. Ganesh who was rejoicing in the Lord said, “ I have forgiven the persecutors and I will not make a complain at the Police Station. All my complains are made to the Maker of Heaven and Earth.”

Around 15 Christians live in the village of Pelhar. They are all afraid after this incident. The religious fanatics often pay untimely visits to the believers homes and offer them prasad (food that is offered to Hindu gods). They also force them to participate in the puja ( a prayer ritual performed by Hindus to offer devotional worship to one or more deities) and ask themarried Christian women to apply Sindoor (a traditional vermilion red or orange-red coloured cosmetic powder usually worn by Hindu married women along the part of their hair). Rev. Ganesh has requested prayers concerning these matters.

Pray that the Christian community in the village of Pelhar and Rev. Ganesh would experience God’s peace and guidance during this challenging time. Pray that they would never lose hope and courage, that they may continue to trust in God’s supernatural power.

Pray that the mob of religious fanatics would stop harassing and persecuting the Christians and they themselves would soon experience the unfailing love and saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ .

We read in Acts 12:5-17. The Church fervently prayed without ceasing and the Lord delivered Peter from the Clutches of Herod and set him free from prison. Many times we may think that our prayers are worthless, just meaningless platitudes. This testimony and story refutes our senseless assumptions about prayer and shows us through Scripture that when a Christian prays, situations really do change!

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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