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India: Update on family of murdered Samari

10 August 2017

Update on family of murdered Samari

Last year, Samari Kasabi (55), a Christian from the village of Dokawaya, District Sukma, Chhattisgarh, was stripped naked, beaten to death, and her body was burnt by people from her village on the night of 16 October.

Open Doors local partners recently gave us an update on Samari's son, Sukura, and his family (pictured right). Our partner told us, "Sukura continues to live in the same house in the same village with his family. Though the villagers still oppose the Christian faith, they are not as aggressive because Sukura isn't involved in evangelism."

Our partner also told us that Sukura and his family continue going to church, and he works as a labourer to support his family. However, Sukura and his family do not interact with the rest of the villagers, and they are socially boycotted because of their faith in Jesus.

Stand with your church family in India

India is number 15 on the 2017 Open Doors World Watch List. Through local partners, Open Doors is supporting the church in India with emergency aid, advocacy support, holistic training, livelihood and community development, adult literacy programmes, and Bible distribution.

Here are three things you can do to support your church family in India:

  • Pray. Please pray for believers like Sukura and his family, for protection, provision, and strength. Pray for their neighbours, that God would change their hearts and turn them to Himself. And pray for Open Doors local partners, for wisdom and energy.
  • Give. Every £21 could resource a Rapid Response team of volunteers for a month as they give food, medical care and legal assistance, as well as comfort and support, to persecuted believers.
  • Bring a group to Standing Strong. Pastor Sandeep Kumar* from India will be speaking at our Standing Strong celebrations in Birmingham and Belfast in October, alongside others. Book your tickets, bring a group, hear directly from our persecuted brothers and sisters, and stand with them in prayer and worship.

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