Praise God, Christians in Kandhamal district, Orissa were able to celebrate Christmas in relative peace and stability. However, in Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh, this was not the case.
On Dec. 23., several pastors and prayer group leaders in Hyderabad were attacked and severely beaten by Hindu extremists, VOM contacts report. The Christians were returning home from a Christmas prayer meeting near the suburb of Ramnagar. At the time of the report, three Hindus had been arrested for their involvement in the attack.
VOM provides assistance to persecuted believers in India. Following the Christmas attacks in 2007 and the systematic attacks by Hindu extremists in August 2008, VOM provided immediate assistance to persecuted believers and distributed thousands of Bibles to displaced Christians. VOM also provided resources and supported families that lost loved ones during the attack, through the Families of Martyrs fund. The August 2008 attacks resulted in more than 116 believers killed and more than 50,000 believers displaced.
VOM encourages you to continue praying for believers in Orissa, and Christians recently attacked in Andra Pradesh. Ask God to heal and strengthen them. Pray that the perpetrators will turn to faith in Christ and demonstrate God’s love and mercy to others.