A Call For Prayer
For Earnest And Constant Prayer For The Persecuted Brethren And For The Persecuters:
(Peter therefore was kept in the prison; but unceasing prayer was made by the assembly to God concerning him. Acts 12:5 JND)
Young Men’s Evangelistic Fellowship (YMEF) Team (North Division) which has been working in Andhra Pradesh is in Police Custody. The four member team from Kerala had been doing gospel work with the co-operation of the local Brethren in the Telegana region of Andhra Pradesh. On 24th
September around noon a hostile group started misbehaving with the team members. Soon a big crowd formed blaming the Brethren from Kerala of coming and converting the locals. Police arrived at the scene and tried to disperse the crowd. As their efforts failed, the Police arrested 8 Brethren in protective custody and took them to the Police Station. The hostile crowd soon reached the Police Station and prevailed over the Police to act. A case has been registered on our Brethren. Till late night the hostile crowd has not moved away from the Police Station.
The arrest took place under the jurisdiction of Dharmapuri Police Station in Karimnagar District of Andhra Pradesh.
The YMEF Team includes four brethren from Kerala and four from Andhra Pradesh.
M C George – [Courtesy: TBN. Email: thrissur.brethren.news AT GMail Dot Com ]
A Latest Update:
The YMEF Gospel team which was taken into Police Custody in Andhra Pradesh yesterday due to heavy opposition and complaint by anti-gospel elements.
The anti-Christian and anti-gospel elements have finally been able to force the Police to take adverse action against the Christians. These people produced witnesses that claim ‘the Christians were indulging in “religious conversion”’ and ‘that they stood in front of a non-Christian religious place and asked people to become Christians’. Finally the Police have made it a case of “religious conversion”.
Since the region in AP where these people were taken into Police Custody is already undergoing a political unrest (The Telangana Problem), there is widespread strike in that region for many days and courts and government offices are unable to function full time. As a result, though the brothers were taken to a Court, it could not be presented to a judge and the brothers continue to be in Police Custody.
The brothers in that region have hired a lawyer who hopes to plead for these people on Monday, provided the prevailing political unrest does not hinder such things. The plan is to seek bail for them, but at present there is no certainty that the brethren would be released on bail.
Our readers should keep it in mind that though the constitution of India guarantees the freedom to “propagate” one’s religion, it does not automatically guarantee the freedom to “convert” or proselytize others (as per the latest sentiment and common interpretation of the constitution). Thus getting charged with attempt to “convert” others can take a serious turn if the Lord does not intervene.
Exactly the way the saints did at the time of the Apostles (the book of Acts), let each one of us get on to our knees individually, as families, and as churches that the Lord would intervene in the present situation, that no harm be done to our innocent brethren, and that they might be released as soon as possible.
[Courtesy Dr. J C Philip; Brethren Believers)
These are one of the signs for His (Jesus Christ) Coming. We the believers need to fervently pray for His laborers in His Vineyard, at the same time we need to earnestly pray for our persecutors too, Just an example Stephen Read From Acts Chapter 6)
Yes, let us earnestly pray for our persecutors too.
May God Bless and Guide.
Philips & Associates.
Dr. Binoi Varghese. Thrissur
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