On Monday, the Barnabas Fund, a nonprofit organization that advocates for persecuted Christians around the world, issued a prayer request for India’s Christian minority.
In a post published on their website, the organization describes a recent event that illustrates the challenges Christians living in the Hindu-majority country face.
Back in February, a group of 20 villagers in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra state, India, invited three Christian families to participate in “peace talks.” When they arrived to the meeting, however, the Christians were told to leave the Hindu-majority village because residents “did not want any Christian presence there.”
After this, the villagers “assaulted the Christians and [vandalized] their homes,” according to Barnabas Fund.
Local authorities chose not to pursue any legal action against the 20 villagers. Instead, they issued a warning to the attackers and requested that they repair the damaged property.
“Pray that the Lord will strengthen and protect vulnerable Christian minority communities in India who cannot depend on human help (2 Thessalonians 3:2-3),” the post concludes.
“And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith,” reads 2 Thessalonians 3:2-3, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”