Film team jailed in India, but mission accomplished

By April 11, 2008

India (MNN) — Four members of a Gospel for Asia film team have been released from jail, but not before they were able to share the Gospel with those who arrested them.

The four-member team was arrested and falsely charged with forcing people to convert to Christianity on Friday, March 28, in Madya Pradesh, India. The men were showing a film about the life of Christ when they were arrested.

The police also beat the missionaries after they were in custody. But then, during their first night in jail, the officers asked the team if they could watch their film about the life of Christ! The missionaries gladly showed the movie to the audience of police personnel, including the District Superintendent of Police!

After the film, the missionaries explained the Gospel to the officers and conducted a prayer service for them. As a result, there was an obvious shift in the officers' attitudes. They became more cordial to the missionaries and treated them kindly for the next three days that they remained in jail.

The four men from the film team were released on bail and the court promised that all their film equipment would be promptly returned.

While the missionaries were in jail, a group comprised of 30 Christian pastors and leaders met with a high-ranking cabinet member who represents this area of Madhya Pradesh in the central government. The Christian leaders shared their concerns about the persecution of Christians, and the cabinet member assured them they would take up the issue in the Parliament.

Christian leaders in the state are praising God for His marvelous grace and answer to prayer in this case. They also ask for prayer that God would give these film team missionaries the grace to face new challenges as they fulfill the mission He has entrusted to them.


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