Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Sunday 15 April 2012
Daily Prayer - Sunday 15 April 2012
Christian activist Rabindra Parichha was found murdered in the Kandhamal district of Orissa State, India on 16 December 2011. In response, the President of the Global Council of Indian Christians, Sajan George, declared that the killing was “a strategic move by extremists to create a climate of fear among Christians”. Around the same time a Hindu group in Kandhamal called for strikes and protests to coincide with the Christmas period. A similar call in 2007 precipitated brutal anti-Christian violence, and Christians in Kandhamal have celebrated Christmas only in private since then. Give thanks to the Lord that these horrific scenes were not repeated in 2011, and pray for courage for Christians in Kandhamal in the face of intimidation by Hindu extremists.