Every morning, Christians in India face the unknown.
Will this be the day their house of worship is destroyed by an angry mob? Will today be the day they are arrested and thrown in jail for their beliefs?
The attacks can come at any time. Mobs of Hindu radicals form and take over prayer meetings or other Christian gatherings. They shout abuse and harassment and then beat up those in attendance—including women and children.
When the authorities arrive, the instigators are rarely arrested. Instead, it is usually the Christians who go to prison, where they are charged with violating so-called “anti-conversion” laws.
Eight Indian states have adopted these anti-conversion laws to discourage people from changing religions. These laws are designed to close the doors to the Gospel and restrict the right to freely exercise one’s faith. But they also fuel discrimination and incite violence against Christians and other religious minorities.
In January alone, there were nearly 30 documented mob attacks against Christians who were peacefully living out their faith. Despite including religious freedom in its Constitution, the consistent message from many Indian leaders and Hindu nationalists is, “there is no room for Christians in India.”
A young boy stripped and beaten…
At six years old, Ruben has experienced more in this life than many of us ever will. His parents are both blind, and Ruben lovingly leads them from place to place. That includes church where Ruben’s father pastors a small congregation in India.
But Ruben has also endured great suffering at such a young age—all because he and his parents love the Lord.
One day, when he was younger, Ruben and his parents were attacked by one of these mobs. At the time, Ruben’s father was leading a worship meeting, and 10 to 15 Hindu extremists stormed their church. They yelled angrily and dragged the worshippers to the police station, where Ruben and his family were held for three days. During that time, they were stripped and beaten with sticks. Even young Ruben.
Can you imagine a six-year-old and his two blind parents being beaten because of their Christian faith? Ruben’s father was charged under the anti-conversion laws. And ADF allies in India are currently defending him. Just last month, the court heard final arguments in his case. Any day now, Ruben’s father will face judgment.
Your gift will help our Christian brothers and sisters in India
You will not hear Ruben’s story on the news. It will not make headlines. But we are called to stand as one mind with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering such brutal persecution. As Paul writes to the Philippians, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).
Please pray for these persecuted Christians in India. They demonstrate incredible courage every day in living out their faith.
And please help them in any way you can.
ADF allies in India are actively challenging these anti-conversion laws in court. Because of God’s blessing and the generous gifts from people like you, we’ve been winning these cases and keeping the doors open for the Gospel!
But there is more work to be done. If we don’t change these laws, more and more Christians will suffer. We can’t let that happen.
Right now, you have an opportunity to protect your persecuted brothers and sisters in India. A generous Christian family has provided a $600,000 challenge grant to help defend those who are suffering persecution. Will you join them and give today to further the impact for religious liberty in India?