On September 26, 2014, a church in Madhya Pradesh, India was burned. Police are still searching for the person or persons who started the fire.
Gospel for Asia Pastor R. says that in his ten years of serving in the area, this was the first act of vandalism he has seen.
Two days after the fire occurred, believers and Pastor R., gathered outside the charred church for their Sunday service. Despite the incident, they remained hopeful and encouraged about what God is doing in their lives. Locals have stood by believers and Pastor R. offering support.
Villagers have been working hard to repair the church. They have cleaned, repainted, and restored the church altar.
A GFA field correspondent says, “The work of the church is so good for the villagers, and they have positive views about the church. They even said good things about our church to the police officials.”
During the restoration, authorities guarded the church and purchased the needed resources for it.
On October 9, 2014, the church reopened its doors with around 300 believers ready to worship and rededicate it.
Pray that villagers will remain strong in their faith and stay encouraged despite the fire.