Persecuted Manipur tribal Christians prove the Church is not a building

By June 5, 2023

India (MNN) — A new report from the Indian government shows rising numbers from the violence in Manipur that sparked early last month: 98 people were killed and over 300 injured.

Thousands of tribal Christians in Manipur fled after Meitei extremists began targeting them. Some homes are still being sporadically attacked and torched. More than 37,000 people are now in makeshift relief camps.

Erik* with Mission India says, “It’s very rural and not tons of infrastructure, so these relief camps don’t have much.”

(Photo courtesy of Mission India)

Mission India has been in touch with local ministry┬ápartners. “There’s a saying that the Church is not a building. The Gospel goes forth, regardless if it’s in a facility, in a village, or in a home. It goes forth because of the community and the people that live and serve in those communities,” says Erik.

“Those Christians in those relief camps are the hands and feet of Jesus and they are spreading the Gospel. They are leading prayer. We have videos of them worshiping together in those camps and bringing peace into a situation that is not peaceful.”

Mission India partners are distributing Relief Kits to displaced tribal Christians. You can help by donating to Mission India here!

Erik says, “For $55, readers and listeners┬ácan provide these kits that will provide food, blankets, and clothing.

“Our partners are using their networks on the ground to distribute those kits, so we’re really excited to partner with fellow believers in the Church to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”

Click here to watch Mission India’s video update on Manipur.

 

 

Header photo courtesy of Mission India.

*Full name withheld for security.