Evangelical Fellowship of India: New India Bible Church Pastor and Wife Attacked

General October 16, 2007

EFI NEWS

New India Bible Church Pastor & Wife Attacked In Midnight Assault


Rev. T. C. Joseph and wife Ammini, of New India Bible Church, Mannanthavady,
Wayanad, Kerala, were cruelly attacked by a group of more than ten masked men at
their church parsonage during the early hours on Sunday the 14th October, 2007. The
unidentified group first cut off power to the church building and parsonage and then
damaged phone lines before breaking open into the pastor's residence about 2.30 am.
In the melee which followed, Joseph was repeatedly beaten with steel rods and
stamped upon by boot wearing assailants. When wife, Ammini ran to her husband's
rescue she was assaulted on the head leaving her with a multiple bleeding wounds
from scalp injuries.

Both husband and wife are in a serious condition and have been admitted to the local
government hospital. The attack is said to be the handiwork of fanatic Hindu
elements. A police case has been registered and the blood bathed parsonage has been
sealed for further investigation. The local Superintendent of Police has visited the
victims in the hospital and assured them of assistance and protection.
Please pray for peace in the area and for the physical healing and restoration of
the Joseph family. Pray that the perpetrators of this crime would know the Truth,
receive God's Love and be recipients of His forgiveness and grace.

Richard Howell,
General Secretary.