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On August 14th, an independent Christian evangelist, Karthridasan Madhavan, was burned to death in the Indian state of West Bengal by a mob that included some members of his own family. The victim, known as Madhavan, lived in the village of Gobindapur. He was the sole Christian in his extended family and diligently worked to spread the Gospel message.

In early August, Madhavan went to visit his family for a wedding. While there, his children destroyed his Bible and verbally harassed him. Other members of the family pressured him to renounce his faith, but he refused to do so. On August 14th, the Christian man was attending a church service in Bankura when his wife and son entered the building where they proceeded to beat him and force him home. He was then dragged into a nearby forest where family members and other locals poured gasoline over his body before burning him alive.

It has been reported that police have refused to take any action, stating that because this issue was a family matter, they don't want to interfere. For more reports addressing the persecution experienced by Christians in India, go to our country report.

As Madhavan's opposing family and other like-minded community members reflect on the crimes that have been committed against this innocent Christian man, pray that God's Holy Spirit will stir their hearts towards repentance. Despite the horrific nature of the burning incident, may opportunities for new spiritual birth come forth in each of their lives through the saving power of Christ (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Please also prayerfully remember the church members who are now in need God's comfort as they mourn this senseless loss.

Current Ministry Projects

In addition to providing persecuted Christians legal support and rehabilitation assistance, VOMC cares for children of martyrs by ensuring they have a safe home in which to be nurtured both physically and spiritually. VOMC also partners to equip Christians in India with Biblical training and offers specialized ministry to further strengthen and support marginalized, persecuted Christian women.

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Legal Defence, Relief and Development, Women’s Ministry

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
1,339,330,514 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Indo-Aryan (72), Dravidian (25), Mongoloid and other (3)

Religion (%)
Hinduism (79.8), Muslim (14.2), Christianity (2.3), Sikh (1.7), other (2)

Leader
President Ram Nath Kovind (2017)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Based on English common law; separate personal law codes apply to Christians, Hindus and Muslims.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for India

Despite the intimidation and violence that have taken place in many of India's states, may Christians wisely yet unashamedly preach the Gospel. Pray that indigenous Christians and foreign missionaries will minister in ways that do not hint at fraudulent conversions, unmasking the intentions behind the anti-conversion legislation. Intercede for India's leaders, that they may reign with justice and righteousness.

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