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Pastor Kidnapped, Again Forced into Hiding

November 16th, 2012
Prayer

The Lord is working every day through the compassionate outreach and prayers of GFA native missionaries in Orissa as they share the Gospel with courage.

A Gospel for Asia native missionary in Orissa is once again in hiding for his safety. On February 19, Durga Gedam was traveling to an important meeting on his motorbike when he was abruptly interrupted by a group of anti-Christian extremists. They caught him and forcibly took him to the site of one of their religious festivals.

They put Durga in a room, searched him and took all his money. They also made sure someone was watching him around the clock. Thankfully, by God’s grace, one of the guards had compassion on Durga and allowed him to go free.

Durga was able to get his motorbike back and hurried to his original destination. Once there, he informed a GFA leader of the incident and is now staying there for his safety.

Persecution has come to be a regular part of life for Durga, whose ministry in Orissa is growing. The GFA-related church where he is pastor now has 12 families that regularly attend. This has not made anti-Christian extremist groups happy, however. While numerous threats upon Durga’s life over the past year have caused him fear, they have in no way deterred him from the work that God has called him to do.

On a previous occasion, he went for outreach to one area, knowing in advance that a group of extremists planned to attack him. Although he was beaten severely with sticks and a sword, the Lord protected him.

Today Durga is concerned for his church members, especially in his temporary absence, and hopes that they will find comfort and courage in the Lord to face these challenging times. He is also concerned for the safety and well-being of his wife; she is back at home and he has no way to contact her.

GFA leaders request fervent prayer that God will protect Durga and his wife, and that He will soften the hearts of their persecutors. They also ask for prayer that the believers in Durga’s church will find much strength and encouragement in the Lord throughout these times.

 

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