The battle belongs to the Lord
Pastor Kashmir Masih has been ministering with Restoration Christian Center, since 2009. He runs a house church on the 1st floor of his home, at Indira Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
Pastor has been visiting the house of one Mr. Dubey and his wife, who used to intermittently attend the worship service. Mrs. Dubey had confided to Pastor, that her husband had a ‘drinking’ problem and requested for prayers. So, Pastor used to periodically visit the house, in spite of Mr. Dubey being disrespectful and rude towards him. Nevertheless, Pastor always lifted up the family and Mr. Dubey specifically, in prayers.
Frustrated by her husband creating a nuisance, Mrs. Dubey, told to her husband, that she had spoken to the Pastor, which made Mr. Dubey very angry.
Infuriated by his wife’s actions, the following week while Sunday service was in progress, Mr. Dubey who was present at the service, stood up to speak. Pastor assumed that he was going to share his testimony. However, he shocked the congregation by what he next said.
“Pastor will not preach today and but I will be preaching today”.
When Pastor heard this, he politely asked him to share his testimony and sit down.
Inflamed by this admonition, Mr. Dubey exploded with anger at Pastor. He began shouting abuses and making false allegations against Pastor. Calling him names, alleging that he was stealing money, and accusing him of embezzling from people’s offering, he made wild claims against the shocked Pastor, whom the congregation looks up to as a man of God. He also accused Pastor indulging in proselytizing people to Christianity.
Pastor, though saddened and humiliated by this man’s tirade, was quick to jump to his defense.
“I believe that he was scared that I would reveal to the Church what his wife had shared with me”.
Shocked and embarrassed by her husband’s humiliating outburst, Mrs. Dubey begged the congregation and Pastor Kashmir for forgiveness on behalf of her husband.
After they returned home from an eventful Sunday, the agitated Mr. Dubey was still simmering from the confrontation at Church.
Not one to relinquish a fight, Mr. Dubey, called Pastor on the phone and threatened to report him to religious fanatics, demanding a bribe of Rs. 50,000/-. He also called another member of the Church, trying to influence him not to go the Church next Sunday, as he was planning to report the Church to religious fanatics.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor was overcome with emotion, at the demeaning and undignified allegations made by Mr. Dubey.
Persecution Relief team prayed with Pastor Kashmir and encouraged him in the Lord, that “the battle belongs to the Lord”.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”. Romans 8: 28
Pastor Kashmir said he believes that nothing happens without the Lord’s knowledge and all things, though unpleasant at the time, will eventually work itself out by the Sovereign hand of God.
Pastor and the elders of the Church, have decided to have a ‘whole-night fasting & prayer”, seeking God’s will and God’s heart on Friday. They have also decided not to press charges and are praying for Mr. Dubey’s transformation and return to the Church.
We thank God for Advocate Stephen who informed us about the incident and has offered his services to help the believers of the Church.
Church, pray for the Sunday worship service. Pray that new believers would be taught the ways of the Lord and be rooted and grounded in His Word.
Pray for the protection of Pastor Kashmir, his family and congregation.
Pray also for Mr. and Mrs. Dubey, that they would find peace at the feet of the Lord.
In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded more than 129 persecution incidents in Uttar Pradesh, the most hostile among 29 states.
In the first five months of 2019, we have recorded 180 incidents of hate crimes against Christians, with 35 cases from Uttar Pradesh alone.
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