It was a lazy Saturday for Riya. When she finally got up to take a shower it was midday. She was in such a good and relaxed mood that she didn’t get upset when the soap slipped out of her hand and fell on the ground.
After a hearty breakfast, she sat down in front of her laptop, switched it on. She opened her sister, Vidya’s email. Her face fell. It was bad news.
Villagers in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra state warned Christians that every week a church will be closed. Their uncle’s home was among the dozens of homes which have been attacked since June. Believers were told that unless they renounced their faith, water supply would be cut off and food subsidies stopped. Their cousin, Vihaan was badly beaten by locals demanding that he abandon his faith. Others received death threats. The police have done nothing to protect them.
Heartbroken, Riya wondered what she could do to help. Then the thought occurred to her to sponsor them. She called Vidya and told her what she was planning. Vidya was onboard. They decided to meet later that day to figure things out.
This story was inspired by true events in India where there are plans for weekly church closures. Christians have had their homes attacked, received threats of death or expulsion if they do not renounce their faith.
Source: VOM Canada