Church attacked, pastor assaulted in Uttar Pradesh, INDIA
18 July, It is reported that the Nazarene Church at Sehkari Nagar, Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh was attacked on July 16 by activists of the Hindu extremist group, Bajrang Dal.
In the attack, the gang ransacked the church; physically assaulted the pastor and vandalised church property.
In a media report, the pastor said, "Today, while service was going on as usual, suddenly a mob of people from the Bajrang Dal entered the church premise and started beating us up. They also desecrated the altar, broke furniture and objects of worship. Even our women were not spared as the attackers misbehaved with them. After beating us up the attackers hoisted a saffron flag on the top of the church building and threatened us with dire consequences if the church was not closed down."
Pray for God’s protection and comfort over the pastor and the congregation;
Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance upon the pastor and the leadership of the church;
Pray for those attacking Christians in Uttar Pradesh, that they would experience a change in heart, repent and turn away from violence.
Source: Evangelical Fellowship of India