www.barnabasfund.org The authorities have sealed a building belonging to Mission India in Bari, in the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, claiming that it belongs to outsiders.
The building, which was used as a Bible study centre and an orphanage, was closed down on 5 June by government officials, who claimed that no land in the area could be owned by people who are not indigenous. (Such laws are in force in certain parts of India.) But Mission India assert that they purchased the land in 2005 and that the building was constructed in 2007.
In July 2008 a complaint by Hindu extremists was lodged against Mission India, accusing them of forcible conversion and demanding the closure of the building. Since then, the Christian workers have been verbally abused because of their faith and threatened with death if they do not vacate the site.
At the time of writing, the Christians are looking for a place to rent which will at least accommodate the 10 orphans.
- Pray for the Christians who have lost the use of this building. Pray that a home will soon be found for the orphans, who are now homeless.
- Pray that our brothers and sisters in Christ will stand firm in their faith despite religious tension and adversity, that religious freedom will be upheld, and that the authorities will protect Christians throughout the country.