I received this email today about ongoing persecution of Christians in India. Rajashtan is a state in Northwest India. Go to www.ietmissions.org for more info about IET.
April 4, 2006
Barmer, Rajasthan (India)
IET has a small but good work in Barmer area. Roy Daniel with his family and Bhawani Singh with his wife are working here.
They were conducting discipleship training for the new believers from March 27th to March 29th. On the third day one VHP person came into the meeting place, Christ Church. (VHP and RSS are hindu nationalist organizations in India that are calling for India to become a political Hindu nation.). He started to ask questions and looked at every literature of the people. Sitting there he made a few telephone calls on his mobile. Sensing trouble the leader Roy Daniel closed the meeting but the fanatics arrived in front of the church. About 60 people reached the colloctorate and demanded that every one must be arrested.
They took some people to their office and questioned them. They were all fearful of physical attack – that did not happen. Thereafter the RSS and VHP leaders came to the church and with the help of the police broke opened the church and took away the literature what ever they could find. They took 5 IET songbooks, notebooks of the 20 people who were doing the discipleship training and their 20 new testaments. They got their names from their note books and immediately they went to their homes and took all of them into police custody in Barmer Police station. At 5.30 PM police arrested 15 of them but after the questioning they were released at 12.30 am.
Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for Roy Daniel who is Barmer and cannot leave the place as he is asked by the police to be available there any time they will call him and Bhavani Singh/his wife who is moved to another place. Please pray for the 20 who went through the discipleship training and were ready to take baptism.