Ten Protestant churches in Coimbatore district, India, have been ordered to stop their worship services. And Hindu nationalists are seeking the closure of another 20 churches.
According to the president of the local Synod of Pentecostal Churches, Reverend Johnson Sathyanathan, “They claim the Christian places of worship have not been authorised by the Collector’s Office, the district’s magistrate office.”
He told Asia News it’s, “a well-planned conspiracy against the Christian community, as the Hindu extremists know that it’s not easy to approach the Collector’s Office for permits… The time to get such approvals can stretch from a year and a half to many years.”
These churches have been operating for many years without any complaints. Local Christians tried to present their case to the police superintendent and local Minister of Internal Affairs, to ask for protection and the reopening of the closed churches, but received no response.
Pray for churches in India as they face this new threat against them. May God give them much wisdom and guidance in handling the situation, and may the Lord move the hearts of those in authority who are able to help them reopen their churches.
Thank you for standing in prayer with them.