Testimony from a persecuted pastor in India:
In May 2014, the anti-Christian government came to power in India’s general elections. Persecution had always been bad in our region. Now, the persecutors were suddenly in highest seats of government. Things worsened quickly.
Last month, many of our pastors were beaten while preaching inside their churches, as Hindu mobs stormed in and attacked the congregations. The police came. Instead of doing justice, they arrested
one of the pastors for “insulting Hinduism.” The charge was false. He hadn’t said a word about Hinduism or any Hindu deities: he spoke only of Jesus.
The arrest was in one of the most mafia-infested, criminalized cities of India. Only the most dangerous offenders end up in jail. The police threw our pastor in jail, in a crowded cell with dozens of murderers. “Whom did you kill?” several asked him when he’d slumped into a corner.
“Nobody,” was his shocked reply.
“Then what did you do?”
“I was preaching,” he said. This confused them. They asked if he’d been preaching politics. He said no, he’d been preaching Jesus. They said they knew nothing of Jesus and asked if he would tell them.
He did and God’s glory swept in. For the next two weeks they had what our pastor called “revival meetings” every day. All the inmates and several of the guards gave their lives to Christ. This terrified the authorities. To prevent further problems they kicked him out of jail!
When our pastor was arrested, I wept and prayed every day. I’m a mom, and I can’t help but worrying for our people like I would for my own kids. I saw him a few days after his release and asked if he was ok. I’ll never forget his answer. His face radiant, he said, “I’m ready to go back to jail any time!
[This reminded me of Joseph's response when he forgave his brothers:] But as for you, you meant evil against me; God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20
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