PLEASE PRAY: “They kicked me like they would kick a football.” – Pastor Suresh Rao [#IndiaPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 06/26
As India gradually emerges from its national lockdown, International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented a sudden spike in attacks on Christians across the country.
Since the lockdown has lifted, ICC has recorded at least 8 incidents of persecution in just 2 weeks.
These incidents include physical assaults, damage to Christian properties, and threats issued by radical Hindu nationalists.
“They kicked me like they would kick a football. They dragged me into the street and pushed me to the ground. There, they started to trample on me. They tore my clothes, kicked me all over my body, and punched my left eye. I have sustained a serious eye injury as a result of a blood clot.”
– Pastor Suresh Rao, a victim of this new wave of persecution
Pastor Suresh Rao, who serves as a church planter in India’s Telangana state, was brutally attacked on June 21, 2020 while he was praying for a sick person in Kolonguda village.
According to local Christians, Pastor Suresh Rao arrived at the sick person’s house around 9:30 a.m. for prayer.
Soon the house was surrounded by a mob of nearly 150 people led by a man named Ashok.
The mob broke into the house, dragged Pastor Rao into the street, and beat him.
During the attack, members of the mob claimed Pastor Suresh Rao was involved in illegal religious conversions, converting Hindus to Christianity.
“They said that India is a Hindu nation, and there is no place for Christians.”
– Pastor Suresh Rao
“I am prepared for this kind of eventuality. I know the cost of serving Jesus in these remote villages, and I will continue to serve the people of this region.”
– Pastor Rao, who has faced multiple encounters with radicals
PASTOR KICKED, DRAGGED, PUSHED, TRAMPLED, TORN, KICKED, PUNCHED: “They kicked me like they would kick a football.” – Pastor Suresh Rao [#IndiaPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 06/26
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