The five remaining men accused of killing a Hindu leader that sparked massive sectarian riots in Odisha (Orissa) state were freed on bail by order of the Supreme Court after 11 years in prison. The Supreme Court of India ordered that the five men be granted bail on Nov. 26, and the men were freed earlier this month. Buddhadev Nayak, Bhaskar Sunamajhi, Durjo Sunamajhi, Sanatan Badamajhi and Munda Badamajhi were arrested in 2008. Two others arrested alongside them, Gornath Chalanseth and Bijaya Sanaseth, obtained bail in May and June respectively. The seven were arrested in the aftermath of anti-Christian riots in Kandhamal district that killed 120 people and displaced 55,000 Christians. Though the men are out on bail, their case is still pending. Thank God that the men will be home with their families for Christmas, and pray for resolution in their case.
Five Remaining Orissa Prisoners Freed
Recent Prayer Requests
Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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