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GFA Urges Prayer as Hindu Extremists Intensify Anti-Christian Persecution
http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/4/172006f.asp ^ | 04.17.06 | Allie Martin

Posted on 04/19/2006 4:42:01 PM PDT by Coleus

GFA Urges Prayer as Hindu Extremists Intensify Anti-Christian Persecution

The president of Gospel for Asia says it appears that Hindu militants have declared an all-out war against Christians throughout India. Recently across that country, Christians have been falsely accused of crimes, arrested, and beaten -- all for witnessing to Hindus.  Dr. K.P. Yohannan is founder and president of Gospel for Asia, which trains native Indians for missionary work throughout India. He says GFA tells its workers to expect persecution as they serve the Lord.

The persecution and violence being waged against India's Christians is not being carried out or sanctioned by all Hindus but is being perpetrated by "extremists in the Hindu religion, like we have in any religion," Yohannan points out. "They are the ones who are taking the lead like the Taliban," he says.  "But this is not getting easier," the ministry leader continues. "I tell my brothers and sisters, let's not be looking for easy times in the days to come, because persecution is definitely on the increase, and it is in the midst of persecution and suffering that we are going to see the kingdom's work done."

Earlier this month, the government of Rajasthan became the sixth state in India to enact an anti-conversion law. In other states with such legislation, Christians have been targeted for attacks by Hindu extremists.  Nevertheless, Yohannan notes, Christians in India are standing strong, and the increased persecution has only increased the effectiveness of the church's witness across the country. "We have more people coming to Christ now," he says, "especially in places where the worst persecution is taking place."

How this is to be explained, GFA's president confesses, is a mystery. "I don't understand it," he says, "but Jesus said He will build his church. We are suffering for it, but God is faithfully doing His work."  As the persecution against followers of Christ intensifies in India, Yohannan urges prayer. He asks believers in the United States and elsewhere in the free world to pray for Christians facing violence and intimidation from Hindu extremists in India and for believers facing persecution throughout the world.



TOPICS: Catholic; Charismatic Christian; Current Events; Eastern Religions; Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: christianpersecution; christians; hindu; india; persecution; rop

1 posted on 04/19/2006 4:42:06 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

You know you are making progress when the enemies of Christ feel so motivated.


2 posted on 04/19/2006 5:50:38 PM PDT by x_plus_one (Cylons for PEACE.. Vote Hillary/ McCain)
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To: Coleus; sandyeggo; Pyro7480; Cronos; Siobhan; Father; tlRCta; Convert from ECUSA; visualops; ...


3 posted on 04/19/2006 7:02:50 PM PDT by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: Coleus
We're going to see more and more persecution of Christians and Catholics.

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INDIA: VIOLENCE SCARS EASTER WEEK (Pastors beaten, churches vandalized by Hindu extremists)
GFA Urges Prayer as Hindu Extremists Intensify Anti-Christian Persecution

4 posted on 04/19/2006 8:41:10 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: x_plus_one

Evil is certainly growing in common expression and awfulness in our era.

Yes, the evil one knows his days are limited.

Yes, advancing the cause of Christ and His Kingdom and Love is deadly to the king of death.


5 posted on 04/20/2006 3:59:03 AM PDT by Quix (TRY JESUS. If you don't like Him, the devil will always take you back.-- Bible Belt Bumper Sticker)
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To: Coleus

http://www.ngcskyliner.com/media/storage/paper284/news/2006/04/19/News/Thomas.Seeks.Appeal.From.Supreme.Court.Of.India-1859827.shtml?norewrite200604200901&sourcedomain=www.ngcskyliner.com&mkey=1953205

This is an article my daughter wrote for her university newspaper about Christians involved with orphanages in India. They really need all of our prayers. My daughter is planning on going to India in December to work for a couple of weeks in an orphanage and I am really scared for her. However, if that is what God is calling her to do, I won't stand in the way.

I had always thought of the Hindus as being peaceful but now I am not so sure. I sincerely believe we are living in the end times.


6 posted on 04/20/2006 6:02:49 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

Ohh... the poor orphanage guy persecuted in India. Have you even gone into the speicifics of his case. It has nothing to do with him runnning the orphanages, he was arrested for peddelling anti-Hindu hate material,

The story from a more reliable source than yours:
http://66.249.93.104/search?q=cache:ynHV_tkGp3UJ:www.dailypioneer.com/columnist1.asp%3Fmain_variable%3DColumnist%26file_name%3DKANCHAN6.txt%26writer%3DKANCHAN%26validit%3Dyes+Abusing+freedom,+falsifying+gods&hl=en&gl=uk&ct=clnk&cd=1&client=firefox-a


7 posted on 04/20/2006 10:53:29 AM PDT by vikrant
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To: vikrant

oh snap the link is:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnist1.asp?main_variable=Columnist&file_name=KANCHAN6.txt&writer=KANCHAN&validit=yes


8 posted on 04/20/2006 10:54:29 AM PDT by vikrant
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To: Coleus

yes all the evil wicked hindus must be converted to the path of christ. if they refuse to do so, we can always attack them for being intolerant, devious and taliban like. /sarcasm

people like yohannan are disgusting. for a few $$$$ they are willing to peddle propaganda against a peaceful people. in that way they are no better than the jihadis themselves.


9 posted on 04/20/2006 2:06:20 PM PDT by The Lion Roars
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To: vikrant

he was arrested for peddelling anti-Hindu hate material >>

well, so much for liberty, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.


10 posted on 04/20/2006 3:28:56 PM PDT by Coleus (Happy Easter, Jesus Christ is Risen, Hallelujah!)
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To: Coleus
Whoa, you'd be in slammer for saying derogatory things about any religion. BTW This forum sure aint an exercise in freedom of speech is it?
12 posted on 04/21/2006 6:33:35 AM PDT by vikrant
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To: vikrant

Your post 11 was pulled for language. Find a respectful rephrasing, one which does not use disallowed words.


13 posted on 04/21/2006 6:41:24 AM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: mlc9852

Yes hindus are peaceful people. But when you go to their country , visit their home and abuse their faith , insult their god and mock their culture , they no longer remain peaceful.


14 posted on 04/21/2006 11:31:24 PM PDT by Raj13008
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To: Raj13008

And how do they feel about people wanting to help their orphans? Christians are not there to insult anyone - they are there because they care. Christians do not want to kill anyone. Christians do not want innocent people jailed. Christians do not want to spread lies about people. Christians only want to show God's love for the children. Are you against that?


15 posted on 04/22/2006 8:02:38 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: vikrant

Yes, it is a terrible thing for Americans to want to help orphans and lepers in India. Americans should just leave and let them suffer, right? What will happen to these orphans when Hopegivers leaves?


16 posted on 04/22/2006 8:20:06 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

You are one crazy soul harvesting fanatic aren't you ?


20 posted on 04/22/2006 8:44:40 PM PDT by Raj13008
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To: mlc9852; Raj13008
While you may want to believe Christians do all that, the reality is far different.

One article I recently read was about Christian Missionaries being deported back to US for being involved in Pedophilia. The Missionaries arnt so innocent as you think they are.
21 posted on 04/23/2006 2:22:23 PM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: Raj13008; mlc9852

LOL. Its never just about "helping" orphans. Its about gathering converts. The "help" is not for you if you dont convert.


22 posted on 04/23/2006 2:26:37 PM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: Raj13008

No - my daughter is.


23 posted on 04/24/2006 6:05:11 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: Gengis Khan

That is a lie. Remember after the tsunami? Many Christian organizations donated money, time, food, etc. and didn't ask anyone to convert. Christian organizations here in the US help many people also without any strings attached. Why are you spreading lies about Christians?


24 posted on 04/24/2006 6:31:53 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

Yeah the tsunami. I remember alright.

http://in.news.yahoo.com/050116/139/2j1rp.html


25 posted on 04/24/2006 10:14:05 AM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: Gengis Khan

Fine - next time the missionaries (and the money) can stay home. I'm sure you all will be fine on your own. I know I won't ever give money to help another charity for India.


26 posted on 04/24/2006 10:22:02 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050115/asp/foreign/story_4256866.asp


27 posted on 04/24/2006 10:25:19 AM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: Gengis Khan

I will no longer believe any news coming out of India except the news from Christian organizations.


28 posted on 04/24/2006 10:26:39 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852
Its not always about charity, its mostly about "conversion".
......and so no thanks.

The last thing we need is missionaries descending on peoples misery like scavengers.
29 posted on 04/24/2006 10:34:36 AM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: mlc9852

LOL.


30 posted on 04/24/2006 10:37:44 AM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: Gengis Khan

Well, remember that in the next disaster. We have plenty of needy people here in the US that appreciate the help.


31 posted on 04/24/2006 10:45:03 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

You man not know so FYI ...
During the tsunami India politely refused US governmental aid since we already had enough, in fact India went ahead to donate to Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

And dont forget India too extented some help during the Hurricane Katrina.


32 posted on 04/24/2006 10:55:35 AM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: Gengis Khan

So?


33 posted on 04/24/2006 10:56:49 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

So....
Charity for the sake of charity is welcome. Charity in return for conversion is not.


34 posted on 04/24/2006 11:11:34 AM PDT by Gengis Khan
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To: Gengis Khan

You are obviously very oppossed to Christianity which is your absolute right. Too bad your country does not have the freedoms we enjoy in the United States. Makes me very thankful to live here.


35 posted on 04/24/2006 11:23:45 AM PDT by mlc9852
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