Missions Countless lives are changed each year as people watch the Man of Mercy film.

On Tuesday evening, a crowd gathered outside in a village in Rajasthan, India, to watch Man of Mercy, an Indian-made film depicting the life of Jesus. Four Gospel for Asia missionaries had teamed up to show the film, one that has proven to be a highly effective means of communicating the Gospel in Asian culture.

Unknown to them, about three miles away a group opposed to the Gospel was also screening a film about the religion they practiced.

Around 11 p.m., some anti-Christian extremists from that same group approached the Man of Mercy showing and began beating the four GFA missionaries. Then they turned the men and their film equipment into the police, who also started to beat the missionaries.

Missions Much earnest prayer goes into GFA’s film ministry.

Through the intervention of GFA’s state leader in Rajasthan, the four men were released from policy custody around noon the following day. The police, however, continued to hold the film equipment. GFA leaders request prayer that the Lord will comfort and heal these missionaries, as well as for the safe and timely return of the equipment.

A variety of people groups call Rajasthan home. Read more about this incredibly diverse state.

Rajasthan is not the only place where GFA missionaries are experiencing persecution for their bold witness for the Gospel. Read other stories here.

Read more about GFA’s film ministry.