Christian Solidarity Worldwide, February 10, 2019
Over the past couple of years, the state of Uttar Pradesh has seen a huge surge in violence against Christians, mostly stemming from allegations of forcible or fraudulent conversions.
Pastors have been arrested along with their families during Sunday services; some have even been woken up in the middle of the night and arrested. Meanwhile, the police have failed to take action against the rising tide of violence; and hate speech is rife, with one government official quoted as saying, “Muslims have no business being in India.”
Pray that strong action would be taken against officials who fuel animosity towards religious minorities, including Bharat Singh, the MP who claimed that Christian missionaries are a threat to the unity and integrity of the country.
Ask God to protect pastors and their families throughout Uttar Pradesh from actual and threatened violence, and to give them a spirit of peace as they lead their churches during this time.