South Asia (MNN) — Four Christian men were attacked and severely injured for handing out Christian literature in a rural South Asian village earlier this week.
A Gospel for Asia missionary and three Bible college students were the victims of the religiously-infused attack.
The missionary, who serves on the staff of the Gospel for Asia state office, was leading the team of students from a local Bible college as they visited villagers in a rural community. As the team of four were handing out Christian literature to villagers, they were suddenly surrounded by a gang of 25 young men.
The mob began to beat the believers repeatedly, attacking them with iron rods and sticks.
Gospel for Asia leaders in both Asia and America are now asking for prayer for the team.
The believers have been receiving medical treatment in a hospital for the injuries inflicted by these anti-Christian radicals. GFA President K.P. Yohannan says, "They are a bit discouraged that their expressions of love and concern for the people were returned with violence and injury."
GFA is asking Christians to pray that the believers will not be discouraged, but instead will be strengthened in Christ. Pray that they would heal physically. Pray that they would also overcome spiritual wounds and not allow this incident to keep them from sharing the Gospel all the more.
"Pray also for their persecutors, that their hearts will be softened by the example of love shown by these students and their courageous leaders," adds Yohannan. Pray that even onlookers might come to know the Lord as a result of this event.
Gospel for Asia serves in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma and many other nations across Asia, supporting children through Bridge of Hope programs, supporting pastors and missionaries to better spread the Gospel, and doing all they can to equip national Christian leaders to effectively minister to those around them. To learn more about ways you can get involved, visit gfa.org.