Indian Church Planter Attacked by Anti-Christian Extremists During a Worship Service, Arrested with Family

Jabez, a Church Planter with Mission India, was attacked and arrested for his faith. Image altered to protect identity. (Photo courtesy of Mission India)

A church planter in India was recently attacked by anti-Christian extremists during a worship service. The church planter, Jabez*, is a local partner of Mission India.

When police got involved, the attackers managed to have Jabez, his wife, his son, and another church member thrown in jail.

Erik Morsehead with Mission India says, “This is often an issue. Not only do you have this physical violence, but somehow, in some way, even if the Christian is being attacked, they somehow end up in jail.”

Mission India and their Church Planter Training equips local Christian leaders to establish strong faith communities. One benefit of this system is that Church Planters can also encourage and advocate for one another when faced with persecution.

“We had our structure fight on behalf of Jabez,” Morsehead says. “Ultimately, we were able to get Jabez, his wife, his son, and the other church member released from jail!

“We had so many people praying. We posted this on Facebook. We had prayer partners internally praying over this. So to see that culminate to the release of those four individuals is an amazing testimony to what God can do.”

Persecution can sometimes hurt church planting efforts in India, especially in rural areas.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for strength, wisdom, and courage for Jabez and the others who were arrested.
  • Ask God to use Jabez’s faithful Gospel witness to draw more to Christ.
  • Pray for the attackers to have their eyes opened and hearts softened to biblical truth.