INDIA--Hindu Activists Beat Pastor and Family Over Land Dispute
Sources: Global Council of Indian Christians, Compass Direct News
Exodus 11:10; 12:31
Hindu activists recently beat a pastor, his daughter and the pastor's brother after a disagreement over a piece of property. The dispute arose when a neighbor demanded part of Pastor John Chidambaran's church land in Tamil Nadu state. After the two quarreled, the neighbor broke one of Chidambaran's water pipes and Chidambaran filed a police complaint. In retaliation, the neighbor returned with 10 Hindu activists. They beat the pastor and accused him of forcing people to convert to Christianity (a punishable offense in some parts of India). They also beat his 27-year-old daughter, who had to be taken to the hospital. Police promised to help the pastor resolve the matter with his neighbor, but before they could take action, the neighbor and a Hindu extremist leader attacked and beat the pastor's brother, Sahayam Chidambaran. They accused him of forced conversions and had him arrested. VOM partners are hopeful that Sahayam will be released in a few days. Pray that God will soften the hearts of the attackers and that Sahayam will be released soon.
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Acts 21 Now they have been informed about you that you continually teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn back from and forsake Moses...Therefore do just what we tell you. With us are 4 men who have taken a vow upon themselves. Take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses [for a temple offering],...Thus everybody will know that there is no truth in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself walk in observance of the Law of Moses.