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Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).

Monday, 20 October 2008

India (Orissa) update - shocking anti-Christian violence continues

The following is a report sent on 15th Oct 2008 from some Christians working in Orissa

"We have never seen anything like this. We knew that Orissa was the most resistant and hostile State in India as far as the Gospel is concerned. And we brushed off the continuous threats and harassment we faced as we went about His work. But none of our staff imagined that they would see this kind of carnage.... And it seems to be totally under the radar of the Western Media ....

Let me explain.... A militant Hindu priest and 4 of his attendants, who were zealously going around the villages of Orissa and 'reconverting' people back to Hinduism, were gunned down by unknown assailants in Central Orissa last weekend. Immediately the Christians were blamed.. The cry rose up...'Kill the Christians!' And the horror began....

In the past 4 days, we have first hand witness to hundreds of churches being blown up or burned and many, many dozens of Christian tribals have been slaughtered. For no other reason than they bear the name of Christ. Night and day I have been in touch with our Good News India Directors spread across 14 Dream Centers in Orissa... they are right in the middle of all this chaos. In Tihidi, just after the police came to offer protection, a group of 70 bloodthirsty militants came to kill our staff and destroy the home. They were not allowed to get in, but they did a lot of damage to our Dream Center by throwing rocks and bricks and smashing our gate, etc. They have promised to come back and 'finish the job.' Our kids and staff are locked inside and have stayed that way with doors and windows shut for the past 3 days. It has been a time of desperately calling on the Lord in prayer. More police have come to offer protection.

In Kalahandi, the police and some local sympathizers got to our dream center and gave our staff and kids about 3 minutes notice to vacate. No one had time to even grab a change of clothes or any personal belonging. As they fled, the bloodthirsty mob came to kill everyone in the building. We would have had a mass funeral there, but for His grace. In Phulbani, the mob came looking for Christian homes and missions. The local Hindu people, our neighbors turned them away by saying that there were no Christians in this area. So they left.. We had favor.

The same thing happened in Balasore. All our dream centers are under lock down with the kids and staff huddled inside and police outside. The fanatics are circling outside waiting for a chance to kill.

Others were not so fortunate. In a nearby Catholic orphanage, the mob allowed the kids to leave and locked up a Priest and a computer teacher in the house and burned them to death. Many believers have been killed and hacked into pieces and left on the road.... even women and children. At another orphanage run by another organization, when this began, the Director and his wife jumped on their motorbike and simply fled, leaving all the children and staff behind. Every one of our GNI directors that I have spoken to said: 'We stay with our kids.... we live together or die together, but we will never abandon what God has called us to do.'

More than 5000 Christian families have had their homes burned or destroyed. They have fled into the jungles and are living in great fear waiting for the authorities to bring about peace. But so far, no peace is foreseen. This will continue for another 10 days.... supposedly the 14 day mourning period for the slain Hindu priest. Many more Christians will die and their houses destroyed. Many more churches will be smashed down. The Federal government is trying to restore order and perhaps things will calm down.

We ask for your prayers. Only the Hand of God can calm this storm. None of us know the meaning of persecution. But now our kids and staff know what that means. So many of our kids coming from Hindu backgrounds are confused and totally bewildered at what is happening around them. So many of their guardians have fled into the jungles and are unable to come and get them during these trying times.

Through all this, I am more determined than ever to continue with our goal: the transformation of a community by transforming its children. Orissa will be saved... that is our heart's cry. If we can take these thousands of throw-away children and help them to become disciples of Jesus, they will transform an entire region. It is a long term goal, but it is strategic thinking in terms of the Great Commission. What can you do?

First, please uphold all this in fervent prayer.

Second, we must get the word out and increase our prayer base for this is spiritual warfare at its most basic meaning. We are literally fighting the devil in order to live for His Kingdom. The next 10 days are crucial. We pray for peace and calm to pervade across Orissa. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please pass it on and help us to get as many people to partner with us on this cutting edge effort to fulfill His mandate: Go and make disciples of all nations.... Prayer works!"

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

the christian insrugents/terrorists are killing indians in the name of GOD,in nagaland,tripura,where christian are more than 50%.these christian insugents wants indenendance from INDIA.they are getting arms,ammunation,training from pakistan and china.
we must condemn all types of killing in name GOD by christian or by nonchristian
church or christen never condemn these killing,WHY.

Robin Parry said...

Thanks anonymous

Let me offer some very quick off-the-cuff reflections

1. You are absolutely right that we must condemn all killing in the name of God.

2. If what you say is true then I can without hesitation condemn it and I can honestly say that every Christian denomination or Church network that I know of (which would cover the vast majority of Christians in the world) would also condemn it without hesitation.

3. I have not heard about the situation that you describe and my initial reaction is one of caution. I will look into it but it does sound a little odd! (I am not doubting the story but simply hesitating about accepting its reliability). The Indian Christians that I know (and those that I know of) would never dream of engaging in the kind of activity that you describe. Indeed they are deeply committed to India (where the church has a history of almost 2000 years). I have not heard of any Indian Christians that wish to get independence from India nor of any who would use violence to achieve it. However, there may be some rogue groups so I will find out. As I said, if there are then they are in the wrong.

4. You speak of Christians killing Indians. Do you mean that these Christian insurgents are from outside of India? If not then your comment implies that Christians cannot be Indians. I think that this is an unhelpful way of looking at the world. Indian Christians are Indian. Honest!

Robin Parry said...

Anonymous

So far I have not been able to verify the story of the Christian terrorists that you speak of.

One contact I have in India suggested that perhaps the people we're talking about in Tripura, Nagaland in North-east India are tribal militants belonging to the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT).

I think I'll need to do some more hunting.

Anonymous said...

heaven and hell is real....weather you want or not its waiting for mankind where the good will live and enjoy heaven while the sinners will suffer eternal pain in HELL.. REPENT!!!!!!