Pastors Jamir Hansda, Karnapriya Bano and Bhushan
Kour were leading the convention, which included several days of
preaching and teaching.
Through his ministry in Chhattisgarh, Pastor Jamir
has established 4 churches with a total membership of more than 400
people. He is also an area overseer with responsibility for 27
individual churches, a home Bible school and a bridge of hope center.
The convention was going well, until the final
day, when a handful of anti-Christian extremists entered the convention
grounds and began stirring up trouble. They accused Jamir, Karnapriya
and Bhushan of forcing people to convert to Christianity. They also
threatened the men with physical harm if they did not immediately leave
the convention grounds and return to their own villages.
The extremists grabbed the pastors by their
collars and tried to beat them up. But several believers at the
convention came to the aid of the pastors, and spirited them away to a
safe room in the convention hall.
Once he was in a safe place, Pastor Jamir did the
one thing he knew would work—he began to pray, asking God to intervene
in the situation. He knew firsthand that prayer was a powerful and
effective tool. Before he surrendered his life to ministry, Jamir had
asked a Christian minister to join him in prayer for his baby daughter,
who was on her deathbed. The child was completely healed and Jamir
received Jesus as his Savior.
As the pastors and the believers were praying, the
extremists abandoned their task and left the convention grounds. The
believers and pastors were able to safely conclude the meeting and
return to their homes without attracting the attention of the
Pastor Jamir requests prayer for the believers in
Chhattisgarh. In spite of ongoing persecution and the anti-conversion
laws, many are receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior. He also asks for
prayer that the extremists who disrupted the meeting would open their
hearts to the Word of God.
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