Many brave pastors and evangelists across the world face hostility from their communities and the authorities, yet faithfully obey God’s calling to share the Gospel of Christ and build up His Church. Their work is often lonely, under- resourced, unsupported and dangerous.
Three Indian evangelists were arrested on 3 October 2015 in the state of Madhya Pradesh, accused of violating the state’s anti-conversion law. The penalty is up to three years in prison and a heavy fine. Their accusers alleged that they offered two Hindus money to convert. One of those arrested had previously been kidnapped and beaten for his missionary work.
In 2015, Barnabas Fund contributed to the living costs of almost 500 Christian workers working in the contexts of pressure and persecution. Sometimes this support takes the form of equipping them to earn an income by starting a small business, as with “Hamid a pastor working in Kyrgyzstan. “It is a good witness to unbelievers, we are working like all local people and share the Gospel with he says. His shoemaking workshop generated just enough income for his family’s daily needs, but he pastors believers over a huge area so to support his ministry, Barnabas has funded the purchase of two key machines to complement his shoe repair business.
Thank God for pastors, church planters and evangelists who serve Him in the face of hostility and violence. Pray that He will equip them for their work, empowering them by His spirit and meeting their material needs. Pray that they may be protected from attacks by the majority community, harassment by the authorities and unjust penalties for fulfilling their ministry. Pray for fruitful ministry in lives transformed by the Gospel of Christ and churches strengthened to face persecution with courage and faithfulness.