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Pray for 7 Christian families forced to flee village in Jharkhand in India after facing intimidation, harassment, threats from local fundamentalist group, HJM and 3 families forcefully converted to Hinduism

7 Christian families were forced to flee their village in #Jharkhand state in India after facing intimidation, harassment and threats from a local fundamentalist group, Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM). 3 other families were forcefully converted to Hinduism.

Hindu Jagran Manch is affiliated to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the religious arm of the Rashtryia Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), which is the ideological arm of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party led by President Modi, which retained power in the recent elections of India. The displaced families, including one pregnant woman, from Masiya Mahuwatoli village, Gumla district, Jharkhand state, have sought refuge in neighboring villages.

On June 12, representatives of HJM made a list of Christian families in Masiya Mahuwatoli village, who were then instructed to renounce their faith and convert to Hinduism. At the instigation of the HJM, a crowd of approximately 200 villagers became violent when the families refused to change their religion. Threats included excommunication, land confiscation, prohibition from using the village road, prevention from accessing communal water and exclusion from government rations.

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A 35-year old Christian auto rickshaw driver, Sagheer Masih was robbed, beaten and poisoned by 3 Muslim men and 1 woman in Pakistan in late May 2019. Sagheer, the only Christian rickshaw driver in his community, was targeted because of religious hatred, prejudice and apparent jealously of his success.

Pakistani Christians experience deep discrimination and threats on a daily basis, The story of Sagheer Masih is unfortunately one of thousand. Please join in prayer for the family of Sagheer Masih and for the salvation of those in Pakistan currently committing the persecution against Christians.

Sagheer Masih, 35-year old Christian auto rickshaw driver robbed, beaten and poisoned by 3 Muslim men and 1 woman in Pakistan:
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Narendra Modi was sworn in for a second term as the Prime Minister of India. His party, the BJP, won a resounding victory in parliamentary elections.

As Indian pundits — a word that is, by the way, of Indian origin — will tell you, if Modi and the BJP were the obvious winners, their political rivals, the Congress Party, were the big losers. But there is another potential loser in these elections, one that should especially concern American Christians, and that is Indian Christians.

To understand why, you need to understand Hindutva, which is the governing ideology of BJP. It literally means “Hinduness,” and defines what it means to be an Indian in religious — to be specific, Hindu — terms. Hindutva regards Christianity and Islam as foreign religions, and therefore any Indian who claims to be a Christian or a Muslim is less than truly Indian. According to this ideology, Hinduism is central to what it means to be an Indian.

To be fair, India does have the second-largest Muslim population in the world, and the most visible religious conflict there falls along Hindu-Muslim lines. Still, there are more than 30 million Christians in India, and there is some reason to believe that this number may be significantly understated. Muslims are not the only targets of Hindu extremism. Indian Christians are rightly concerned about what the triumph of Modi means for them.

We should be concerned as well. After all, contrary to Hindutva ideology, Christianity is no European import. It existed in India before Paul reached Rome. Some churches in southern India even worship in an offshoot of Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke.

We must pray for our Indian brethren, asking God to preserve the faith in a subcontinent where it is every bit as native as that which seeks to drive it out.

Indian Christians on Edge: Big Win for Hindu Nationalists, BJP Party of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in India:
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