Physically assaulted and terrorized sisters in Christ, forgive persecutors
Persecution Relief Correspondent, Mar 05, 2018
The Pentecostal Mission’s (TPM) International Headquarters is situated in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Their Annual Convention 2018, is scheduled to take place from 08th to the 12th of March 2018, at Roja Street, S.V. Nagar Post, Irumbuliyur, Near Tambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Thousands of devotees from all over the world attend the Convention every year. During this time, as the word of God is shared to prepare the believers for the 2nd coming of Jesus our Saviour, it is also a time of retreat – a time of prayer, fasting, nourishing and transformative time on the revelations from word of God.
Sisters Parimalam, Saral, Kalyan and Shanthi, were physically assaulted and terrorized by religious fundamentalists for distributing flyers on the event, at Urapakkam, a town in Kancheepuram District, on a public street. While they sat waiting on the pavement of a shop for 2 others sisters to join them, the shopkeeper, noticing the flyers in their possession, straightaway raised his voice and began shouting and accusing them of distributing Christian literature and converting people. He threatened to report them to the Police and imprison them if they did not stop their distribution.
Though the sisters tried to explain that they were only distributing notices for the weekend Convention, all the same, the shopkeeper alerted the “Hindu Makkal Katchi” radicals, a right-wing Hindu Nationalist Party with a strong presence in Tamil Nadu. Once they arrived, it was complete bedlam. The flyers were confiscated from the Sisters who were physically assaulted and pushed to the ground. Their Bibles were also confiscated. The flyers, Christian literature, including personal Bibles were all set on fire on the public road.
An FIR was filed against the shop keeper but withdrawn later in the evening by the TPM Sisters. They went to the Police Station and stated that they would like to withdraw the FIR as they were followers of Jesus Christ and would like to forgive their persecutors, just as Jesus Christ did. They also used the opportunity to testify about the power of prayer and forgiveness. They said:
“We will not fight with you. Instead, we will kneel down and pray for you. Christians are people who love and no one will be able to destroy us because the Almighty God is with us”.
“You are not persecuting Christians but you are persecuting Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords”.
“The end is coming and your own eyes will see the Power of Almighty GOD JESUS. His name is El Shaddai. He reigns”.
Evangelist John Joseph from “Christian Ambassadors Troop”, spoke to the Founder, Persecution Relief, Bro. Shibu Thomas, from the Police Station to brief him about the incident. Today, 05th March, the team are planning on meeting the District Collect and the DSP.
These incidents, continue to spotlight the need for concerted government action to improve women’s safety. Tamil Nadu has witnessed many incidents of Bible burning. The District Administration, Judiciary and all government agencies are allegedly conniving with the caste and religious outfits, trying to break down the resolve of Christians. This incident was video graphed by the religious fanatic groups and published on social media, in order to spread fear and panic among the women across the state and among Christians. The smallest and most trivial incidents are exploited and manipulated by the Hindu fundamentalists, to bring about communal tensions.
Church, pray for these brave sisters in Christ, to continue to shine the light of Jesus Christ in this dark country.
Pray that the witness of these Sisters who planted the seeds of the Gospel, will take deep root and God will cause the growth.
Pray that God will convict the unrepentant persecutors of their sin and awaken in them the need for salvation.
Pray that many more Christians who are timid to speak a word for the sake of the Lord, will take the risk and not be frightened.
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord,” (2 Tim. 1:7-8).
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