|Gospel for Asia native missionaries persevere in the wake of persecution.|
Due to pressure from anti-Christian groups, police in Madhya Pradesh, India, suggested that Gospel for Asia missionaries Gopal Senajit, Anshuman Tushar and Rochan Utpal leave the village where they had started a church ministry.
GFA had been asking the Lord to provide a way for missionaries to plant churches among the unreached villages of Madhya Pradesh. When the opportunity arose, they sent Gopal, Anshuman and Rochan to start a church.
For the first two months, the missionaries’ efforts went well. The Lord led them to a man named Amit, who allowed them to rent a room from his house. He even let Gopal, Anshuman and Rochan hold worship services in his personal room.
Then one day, as Gopal and Amit were walking in the village, a group of about 20 people confronted them. They beat Gopal and threatened Amit, telling him to kick the missionaries out of his house. Amit escaped and immediately alerted the police, who came and put an end to the incident. Then they brought Gopal back to the station and suggested that he and his co-workers leave the village. Seeing no other options, the missionaries left the village with clear intentions to return and continue their ministry.
They soon met a few believers in another village who had been under the leadership of a GFA missionary. Their missionary had been transferred, so Gopal, Anshuman and Rochan are filling in for them until another missionary can be permanently assigned to that village.
The missionaries request prayer for an opportunity to continue their ministry in the village they were forced to leave, and that the group who confronted Gopal and Amit would come to know Jesus. Also, please pray that the Lord will allow more GFA missionaries to take the Gospel to every unreached village in Madhya Pradesh.