This morning O. and I got a phone call that his sister, her husband (the pastor), and several believers were beaten in a surprise attack after a prayer meeting on Sunday night near O.’s home village in Rajasthan. At the end of the meeting everyone came outside of the home where the meeting was being held and they were attacked by a large mob carrying sticks and axes. Men, women and children were beaten and they ran into the night to escape the persecution.
O.’s sister was beaten on her arms and legs, her husband was beaten the most and was unconscious until 3AM. They had no vehicles, no 911, no cellphones. Everyone just ran away to hide until daylight.
By God’s grace no one was killed. Several believers were beaten very terribly. The owner of the house were the meeting was held was injured by a blow to the head with an ax. Another young man, Ramesh, who is a graduate of our Bible College (2009), was there and fought off the attackers with his hands as much as possible and as of this morning was still missing.
I spent most of the morning in tears and prayer and it wasn’t until about 2:30 this afternoon that I got the news that Ramesh had turned up. He was injured badly on his foot and after hiding out all night, returned to his village. Thank the Lord. He was on the way to the hospital.
First of all this morning, before going to the hospital the pastor and others went to the police station to report the incident. Those who are more seriously injured are now admitted in the hospital.
O.'s sister and husband who were attacked last night.