Tuesday, September 09, 2008

pray for India

Pray especially for Orissa State, where there is unprecedented persecution of Christians.

This from Earned Media:

India, Orissa's Christians Flee Genocidal Violence

Contact: Dr. Joseph Chavady, 306-684-2527

INDIA, Sept. 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- Orissa State has continued to bleed and burn for the past eleven days. Thousands of innocent people have fallen prey to diabolic insanity.

Since independence (1947 Aug 15), this is the first time such a massacre has been let loose on Christians. "It is a national shame", said Mr Man Mohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India.

1. Thousands of Christians (the number could be 50,000) have fled to the thick forests for protection. They are managing without food, water, or shelter in the heavy monsoon. These forests are also home for wild animals like tigers, bears and elephants.

2. Hundreds of houses have been burnt after looting whatever could be looted.

3. No one knows exactly how many are dead.

4. Christians have been killed and their bodies been thrown into fire and evidence has been destroyed, the exact count is not known, over a hundred have died.

5. The State Government is hand in glove with the radicals and has not done anything to stop them.

6. The media is biased or hushed up. There are a lot of lies propagated.

7. Business establishments and shops were systematically destroyed.

8. Christians have been forced to bow before idols, and have been compelled to reconvert to Hinduism. Those who have refused to have been brutally attacked and killed.

9. Leaflets have been distributed urging Hindus to kill Christians. Their slogan is, "Become Hindu or else face death. India is for Hindus".

These are a few stories that have reached us:

* Mrs Kamalini Naik's husband was asked to become a Hindu otherwise the fanatics threatened to kill his mother. Seeing his mother under their grip, Mr Naik denounced his faith. Then they called his wife who was 7 months pregnant. She strongly stood for her faith in Christ & they immediately cut her and her 18th month old son in pieces in front of her husband and the other Christians.

* A Pastor was asked to become a Hindu, but he refused and declared his faith in Christ. His two hands were chopped off and he was given a second chance to deny his Lord. He refused right away and his two legs were cut off. His body was then thrown into the fire!

"There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood, stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless- the world didn't deserve them!- making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world"
The Message, Heb.11:36-40.

More stories:
"Two more killed in new clashes in India State" - September 5

"Police do little to protect Christians in Orissa" - Compass Direct, September 9

"On the feast day of Mother Teresa
, 3 camps opened for refugees’ from Orissa" - AsiaNews.It, September 9


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