With Christmas approaching, Indian believers are bracing for more persecution.
India ranks in the top 10 worst countries for Christian persecution by the World Watch List.
Erik* with Mission India says, “[Christmas] is a time that around the world, I believe, Christians see an increase of persecution because it is the holiday for Christians — that and Easter. People know that and people don’t like that some people are Christian and celebrating the birth of Jesus. So they want to deter that as much as possible.”
Believers in India celebrate Christmas in many similar ways as the rest of the world. But in some parts of India, it can be difficult to find Christian community or feel safe attending a Christmas church service.
“There’s unique ways that those believers are doing that, especially now given digitalization currently in the pandemic. They have found different ways to worship online — Facebook Live and YouTube and all that stuff. So they’re finding community.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for Indian believers to be encouraged and find community this Christmas.
- Ask God to soften the hearts of those persecuting Christians in India.