Sunday, August 5, 2012
Urgent Prayer Once Again Needed for Assam
From K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President
Gospel for Asia
For Immediate Release
CARROLLTON, TX (ANS) -- Assamís longtime ethnic feud between the Bodo tribe and Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh erupted into violence July 6 when a local Muslim man was shot and killed. Nearly a month later, the situation continues to worsen.
In the ensuing riots in this northeastern state of India, a leader from each group was shot, four Bodo people were found hacked to death and 500 villages were burned.
This decades-old fight has become a major national crisis.
So far, 235 relief camps have been established for nearly 400,000 displaced people, and 57 people have lost their lives.
We need desperate prayer for God to intervene as lives are lost and suffering becomes acute. In the Bodo region, our missionaries are still helping many recover from the devastation of recent flooding.
We have well over 1,000 churches in the state of Assam, but we have some 60 congregations close to where the fighting is taking place. Rioters attacking Bodo Christians have destroyed several of our churches as well as 15 believers' homes. Please pray for God to bring peace to this situation.
Please also pray for the safety of our 70 missionaries serving in the immediate region. Our Compassion Services teams are diligently working to meet the basic needs of the victims of this crisis while sharing the hope of Christ.
Finally, pray for our leaders in this area, that they will be able to make the right decisions in responding to the immediate needs this conflict presents.
Thank you for joining us at the feet of the Lord and trusting He will be faithful to those who cry out in His name.
As the Lord leads, please prayerfully consider donating toward our Compassion Services ministry to bring Jesus' love to the suffering and needy.
Your brother in Christ, K.P. Yohannan (http://www.gfa.org)
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