Quotes are taken from Christian Parents and Children Attacked for their Faith in India, posted by Emily F, at Open Doors USA. You can read the entire blog at this link.
Do you and your family have a daily devotional time together? Perhaps it is in the evening before everyone heads off to bed. Maybe you read a passage from the Bible and pray together as a family. This is often a serene time, when families set aside time in their day to spend with God and with one another.
Last month, a Christian family in India had gathered together to do a family devotional one evening. A group of about 20 suspected Hindu extremists attacked the large extended family during their evening devotions, injuring all and leaving five in critical condition.
“I am so astonished at their brutality,” says victim Rajubhai R. Bhuriya. “They didn’t even spare my old mother or small children. When we tried to hide they looked for us and beat us.”
The family members are farmers and day labors, who come from a tribal background.
“My family came to faith in Jesus twelve years ago,” says Rajubhai. “My elder brother Sukhram was suffering with a mental ailment. He was healed when the believers prayed for him at a church (which was located near Sappoi village, district Dahod). Since that time we all became followers of Christ and started attending that church community.”