India (MNN) ― Paramilitary troops are still trying to quell the deadly sectarian clashes in India's troubled northeast.
A string of attacks on Christians since August has spread to three states, killed at least 34 people and forced thousands to flee to government camps or hide in forests.
Even while the attacks continue, a Maoist leader has come forth to claim responsibility for the death of a Hindu holy man whose murder sparked savage anti-Christian riots in India. The Maoists said they killed (Swami Laxamananda )Saraswati because he was forcing tribal people to convert to Hinduism.
That murder sparked an outrage
from the Hindu community and lead to reprisal violence.
Worldwide Christian Schools was not spared. WWCS' Gypsy Meadows asked their partner in Orissa about the status on their work. "Houses there have been burnt, even though the district is more than 300 kilometers from the place where Swami Laxamananda was killed. New Life church and New Life Child Development center have been destroyed completely, so that school is shut down right now. The other school that we work with in the area has gone back to sessions, and everyone is claiming to be safe right now."
Ironically, the situation is creating new confidence in their mission. "The very people that are causing the violence are probably uneducated and illiterate. While we can't necessarily change their thinking, if we can help the children to be educated and understand the world more and to know Jesus Himself and the love, then we can affect the next generation."
Their teacher writes, "God's people are under much fear, hiding in the jungle. Please pray that all the persecution will be stopped and peace will be restored in Orissa."
Meadows says their staff is asking believers to: "Pray for protection. They need to have peace in the midst of all of this, not to be afraid, and give them courage to pray for their enemies."