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Dear beloved sponsors and friends of Good News India .
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 blood-thirsty 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 blood thirsty 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 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, pass this e-mail on to as many friends as you
can. 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....
Blessings, Chip & Sandy Wanner Col 2:2 MBI
Team Facilitators to YWAM frontlines