Friday 3

Pandayya and his wife Seethamma were vibrant Christian believers, always at the forefront of every activity at their church in Kamuduvalasa village, Andhra Pradesh state, India. On 8 January a young boy in their village died, having suffered with a wound on his leg never that never healed. The village elders accused Pandayya and his family of killing the child by black magic. The family protested that they were innocent and explained that as Christians they would never be involved in any kind of black magic. Nevertheless the village elders hired some assassins who dragged the couple from their home one night, beat them with sticks, and then burn them to death. Pray for the three adult daughters of Pandayya and Seehtamma and for shaken and distressed congregation, that the Lord will give the His comfort and peace that passes understanding. The police arrested seven people but other suspects managed to escape.

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