Pastor Assaulted During Prayer Meeting
December 20, 2007
On December 13, Pastor John Samuel, a pastor of one of the Assemblies of God churches in Bangalore, was brutally assaulted by Hindu extremists, while he was holding a prayer meeting at a local believer’s house.
According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts in India, “While Pastor Samuel was praying with the family members, a group of Hindu extremists forcefully entered the house to stop the prayer. The group snatched the Bible from Pastor Samuel and assaulted him. He was attacked so brutally that he wasn’t even able to stand up without assistance.”
After the attack, the extremists took Pastor Samuel to a police station where they filed a false complaint against him, claiming he had caused a disturbance. VOM sources added, “Pastor Samuel was denied any medical assistance, although he was badly beaten. Pastor Samuel’s family is deeply concerned about his safety and the current condition of his health.”
Pastor Samuel has been in ministry for five years, serving with the Siloam Full Gospel Church at Kamakshipalaya in rural Bangalore. Pray for Pastor Samuel’s healing and ask God to protect him as he courageously pastors his church and shares the gospel. Pray his testimony will draw nonbelievers into fellowship.