5 villagers killed in crossfire during anti-Maoist operation in Indian state Odisha


Published Jul 9, 2016
A five-month-old child was among the deceased, reprots said.

Bhubaneswar: At least five villagers(believed to be Christians) were killed on Friday night when security personnel deployed in anti-Maoist operations at Malapanga in Kandhamal district in Odisha ‘mistakenly’ opened fire on them.Preliminary reports said that the auto, carrying the villagers returning from local Baliguda market to their home, came under crossfire between the security personnel and Maoists in Gumurumaha forest under Tumudibandha police limits.


Odisha high court granted bail to Gornath Chalanseth - one of the 7 innocent Christians

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Kandhamal –
Odisha high court granted bail to Gornath Chalanseth - one of the 7 innocent Christians. He was granted a 3 weeks bail to attend to his wife who is seriously sick.
Orissa: Six mothers and 12 children from different villages of Kotogad reached Konjamendi on 18.3.12 afternoon. These six mothers are wives of six of the seven men, falsely charged with the murder of Swami Laxmanananda in August 2008. One wife and a few children could not make it. All of them gathered at Dibyajyoti Pastoral Centre, and Rev . Prasan Pradhan welcomed them and Pastors Sushant Pradhan and Sunil Parichha facilitated the group. After the evening prayer and dinner they rested at the Pastoral Centre. Dr. Sajan K. George and Bro. K.J. Markose also reached the Centre late in the evening.


Gladys Staines shares…(widow of Graham Staines burnt alive by Hindu radicals

Gladys Staines shares…

Because He lives I can face tomorrow: Singing through the difficult moments

– Gladys Staines

At the age of 16 I went to a school camp where we learnt the song “I know who holds the future and He guides me with His hand. With God things don’t just happen, everything by Him is planned.” This was the beginning of my placing problems in His hands.Later I learnt the song “Because He lives I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone, because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives.”

Coming to India

As I left Australia, knowing that God had called me to be His servant overseas, I knew that no matter what happened, He would be with me. During my preparation time, I recall once making a public statement “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” I also remember another time thinking about my future, including all the scary things; but God spoke to me very clearly, “The safest place to be in is the will of God.” I have seen it proved over the years.India was for me a new country with different language, culture, custom, and food, and it was not an easy experience. At times, it was extremely challenging, but having the assurance that this was where God wanted me, helped me through in those early days.

Through different experiences, I have learned to trust Him- like, when finances were low, we prayed. Before my marriage to Graham, I had come to India with a team of 3 foreign girls. We were on our own, driving a van, and we got into a traffic block at an interstate border crossing – some of you might know the long line ups at the toll booths. We prayed, ‘God, please put your angels around us to protect us from any danger’. We had only helpful people who came near our van and guided us through the jammed traffic. In retrospect, that was a marvellous experience. We knew then that God was with us and was real.God’s Word assures us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb 13:5). He has not forgotten us, though we may, at times, feel like He has. Though we know all of these things in our mind, yet when the testing comes, we feel as though the world around us is collapsing. On 23rd January 1999, I got the news that my husband Graham and two sons Philip, 10 and Timothy, 6, had been killed in Manoharpur village in Keonjhar district, Orissa. It was a terrible feeling.


Plight of a Persecuted Pastor of Odisha

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Jaltar, Rayagada District, Odisha: Rev. Sushil Lima, 45, is a pastor of The Church Ministries carrying the message of Christ along with his wife Mrs. Ullasini Lima, in Jaltar Village, Puttasing in Rayagada District Odisha. They have two daughters, 6 and 5 years old. Pastor Lima is also a member of All India Human Rights Council, Karnataka. Earlier, he was a School teacher and when he felt that the Lord wanted him to serve full-time in His Vineyard, he left his job and became a full-time evangelist in 2005.