Explore
Follow Us

Sending Christian leaders to jail & getting away with it

We interrupt your regularly scheduled activities to report on events in India. As we in America struggle with debt loads and building projects, we hear this from our brothers today: (March 16, 2006)-President Samuel Thomas, humanitarian leader of the Hopegivers International children’s…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

We interrupt your regularly scheduled activities to report on events in India. As we in America struggle with debt loads and building projects, we hear this from our brothers today:

(March 16, 2006)-President Samuel Thomas, humanitarian leader of the Hopegivers International children’s charity, was arrested in New Delhi today.

Rajasthan newspapers have repeatedly quoted terrorist leaders offering a reward of $26,000
to paramilitary groups who will capture and behead the Christian leaders. “Saffron gangs” invaded the homes of family and friends of the Thomas’ on Monday, searching for the two Christian leaders.

Local police officials in Kota, which have been politicized by Hindu extremist groups, have taken a series of illegal actions in the last month to prevent Christian leaders from offering protection to abandoned children, educational and medical services. “Of course,” said Dr. Samuel Thomas, “none of these actions are legal. The terrorists and hate groups have taken the law into their own hands and sadly, we have lost confidence in the local government to control them.”

On February 20, the police revoked without due process or hearing, all the operating licenses of the Hopegivers-supported bookstores, churches, the hospital and leprosy or HIV-AIDS outreaches, orphanages, printing presses, schools and other institutions.

Meanwhile local anti-Christian hate groups continue the 25th day of siege against the 2,500 orphans and abandoned children protected at the Emmanuel Hope Home in Kota, Rajasthan. Threats were also made to cut off electricity and water to the facilities. Although the orphanage in Kota has a well for drinking water, sanitation would become a problem if the terrorists make good on their threats. Meanwhile, there is adequate food and water.

Madan Dilawar, Rajasthan’s minister of social welfare, is reported in local newspapers to have issued an order to remove all pastors from Emmanuel Churches and take over all of Hopegivers’ schools and 13 orphanages throughout the state. He has suggested that the private properties be seized and sold by the state.

When asked about what should happen to the 2,600 children of the orphanage, Rajasthan’s government along with other militant groups have taken the position to simply let them go back to the streets they were rescued from.

Comments (3)

  • This disturbs me deeply. What can we do about these situations?

    It’s sad that the power of our news press focuses on trivial items while injustice and sadness play out in obscurity – affecting thousands of young lives.

  • Teresa (Steve’s wofe)

    This breaks my heart so much, I feel that God is going to be releashing a MIGHTY move of HIS Spirit upon this region and the enemy is trying his best to stop it. But we all know that once GOD ordains a move of HIS nothing can stop it. It may be delayed but not quenched. Please ask all your intercessors to stay on their knees for Pastor Sam and the families and children in India.Prayer is the most powerful thing we can do for these dear brothers. Lift them into the throne room today!

    Thanks Seth for your heart and your position to “make known” the battles of the day. Blessings and Favor to you and your family today.

Comments are closed.

Subscribe to Radical Living:

Receive updates on the latest posts as Seth Barnes covers many topics like spiritual formation, what if means to be a christian, how to pray, and more. Radical Living blog is all about a call to excellence in ministry, church, and leadership -as the hands and feet of Jesus.

Seth Barnes

I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



© Adventures In Missions. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy