by Nirmala Carvalho
The Christian leader slams three new attacks in August. Despite changes in the state government, the influence of the Hindu ultra-nationalists Bharatiya Janata Party continues to cause acts of anti-Christian violence and boycotts.
by Nirmala Carvalho
Believers Attacked and Church Burnt & Razed to the Ground in Hassan
Belur, Hassan, Karnataka: 31-08-2013 - Pastor Annaiah is in charge of Zion Prayer Mandira, a church at Narasipur village In Belur Taluk of Hassan District in Karnataka. He has a congregation of about 250 believers and he has been looking after their spiritual needs during the last 10 years. All the believers originally belong to the Bhovi community, a sub-caste among the Scheduled Castes in the Hindu fold.
Mundgodu, Karwar, Karnataka: 31-08-2013 -Pastor Devu Kanu Pale Gowli, 33, is the pastor of a House Church, Blessing Ministry Church, at Kauthoor village, Mundgodu Taluk of Karwar District in Karnataka. He lives with his wife, Jaya, 26, and a one month old baby boy. He is from an orthodox Hindu background belonging to the Gowli caste, originally hailing from Maharashtra. Pastor Devu accepted Christ about 8 years ago and committed himself to serve Christ in all respects. He also went to a bible college to study and know more about the teachings of Christ.
Ilkal, Bagalakote, Karnataka: 31-08-2013 – Pastor Samson, 33, is in charge of Jehovah Shalom Prayer House, a church in Basavanagar, ILKAL Taluk of Bagalkote District in Northern Karnataka. It is a House Church with a congregation of about 25 believers. He has been serving the Lord during the last 10 years along with his wife, Mrs. Shanthi, and three daughters - Jerisha – 9, Lydia Grace – 4, and Swaroopa – 2. Pastor Samson is basically from Andhra Pradesh and was a Hindu before he accepted Christ 15 years ago. Earlier, he was living in Doddaballapur, Bangalore Rural District, serving the Lord and ministering to the spiritual needs of the people in Doddaballapur for about 10 years. Two months ago he felt the call of God to go to Bagalkote district and serve the Lord at Basavanagar in ILKAL.