Threatening religious fanatic caller, Kerala
“We will cut off your legs and hands”. “If we see you in any Hindu house, we will cut both your hands & legs”!! -yelled the angry voice on the other end of the phone.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor recalled a recent intimidating phone call during which a religious fanatic threatened him.
Pastor Henry has been ministering at Church of God, at Pathanamthita District in Kerala state for several years.
On 18th January, when Pastor Henry got a call on his personal mobile telephone, little did he expect a fanatic on the other side of the call, launching a verbal tirade!
“My name is Dileep and I am the District worker for RSS” “You are going to people’s homes and converting them!” he accused.
Shocked at the baseless allegation and the threatening tone of the caller, Pastor prayed for grace to remain calm.
“I don’t go to anyone’s house, I only go to Churches where I am invited to speak”, Pastor responded.
But the voice at the other end was menacing.
“I got your number from one of the houses you visited!”“Which Church are you from” he demanded to know
The anonymous voice alleged that they had received a call at the RSS Office that he was indulging in conversion activities.
“I do not accept your accusations. I am a Pastor and my job is to share the gospel. This is what the Lord has asked me to do and I will continue to do it”, responded Pastor.
The rude caller, intent on creating fear, continued with his sadistic rant, unwilling to stop the intimidation, threatened to maim the Pastor.
“If I see you in any Hindu’s house, I will cut off both your hands and legs”, he continued.
In such an extraordinary situation, the Holy Spirit gave Pastor extra ordinary strength and grace to respond at the very hour of his testing.
“You may cut my head too! Why just my hands and legs! If the Lord asks me to go to any house, I will go because the Lord has handed over this job to me” replied Pastor patiently.
“Are you the one who is going to heal people”, asked the belligerent caller.
“If God wants to use to me to heal people, then yes.” “I am not afraid of death and if you kill me, I will only be happy that I will get to reach heaven faster and early!”
Not expecting such a response, the aggressive called replied: “You just save the number. My name is Dileep andI will see you face to face”
Pastor cordially responded saying that he was willing to meet him any time.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor Henry stated that he was not at all worried or scared about the call.
“Nobody will stop me sharing the gospel”.
His son Pastor Ignatius, who ministers at Kayamkulam, Kollam, Grace international Ministries, echoed his father’s sentiments.
“None of our family members are afraid of these threatening calls. We are proud of our father. I have also been beaten up in the past for my faith. We believe that our Lord will continue to protect us”.
A complaint has been registered in the Koipuram Police Station, in Thiruvalla Taluk, Pathanamthitta district.
Church, please pray for Pastor Henry and his family, for God’s grace and strength in these testing times.
Jesus said, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”. Mathew 10:37-39
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