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Warrior Sikhs attack persecuted Christians in India

June 12, 2023 by Abigail Hart in Persecuted Christians in India

As previously reported on the GCR Prayer App, the South Asian nation has recently fallen under international criticism for the violent riots that took place in Manipur early last month, displacing tens of thousands of persecuted Christians in India. Throughout the country, religious tensions couldn’t be higher.

The attackers in Rajewal wore blue robes and were armed with swords and spears. They barged into a peaceful church service and tore Bibles, vandalized vehicles and assaulted congregants. Pastor Jai and the church members were forced to hurl stones in self-defense.

The police were called to help bring the hostile situation under control. The attackers are said to belong to the Nihang sect, which is a warrior order in India, but the sect has denied any involvement. According to the U.S. Department of State, Christians comprise just over 2% of the population. Many believe the number to be as high as nearly 5%—however persecuted Christians in India are often afraid to publicly share their religious affiliation and rarely see justice for acts of hatred against them.

While this attack was undoubtedly terrifying, we have a Savior who understands our suffering. Consider John 15:18, where Jesus reminds His disciples, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first.”

Will you join us in praying for Pastor Jai and the congregants in Rajewal? We invite you to join a community of prayer warriors who are praying for persecuted Christians in India and beyond on the GCR Prayer App

*Photo caption: a representative photo of an Indian believer. Please note: Pastor Jai’s name has been changed to ensure his safety and anonymity.


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