Bagalkote: Hindu fanatics attack Church & beat Pastor

September 4, 2013 by  
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Attack on a Christian church in KarnatakaKarnataka, August 31, 2013: Pastor Samson, 33, is in charge of Jehovah Shalom Prayer House, a church in Basavanagar, ILKAL Taluk of Bagalkote District in Northern Karnataka. It is a House Church with a congregation of about 25 believers. He has been serving the Lord during the last 10 years along with his wife, Mrs. Shanthi, and three daughters – Jerisha – 9, Lydia Grace – 4, and Swaroopa – 2. Pastor Samson is basically from Andhra Pradesh and was a Hindu before he accepted Christ 15 years ago. Earlier, he was living in Doddaballapur, Bangalore Rural District, serving the Lord and ministering to the spiritual needs of the people in Doddaballapur for about 10 years. Two months ago he felt the call of God to go to Bagalkote district and serve the Lord at Basavanagar in ILKAL.

On Saturday, 00-08-2-13, at about 10 in the morning when the prayer was going on in the church, about 30 Hindu fundamentalists entered the church and attacked the pastor and some believers and beat them up mercilessly. They began shouting at the pastor alleging him of forcible conversion of Hindus to Christianity. They pinned him down on the ground and kicked and punched him all over his body without sparing even his private parts and causing lacerations all over his body.

They beat him so badly that one of his ears started bleeding and his eye had the inner bleeding. In addition to that the rabid Hindu fundamentalists went to the Ilkal Police Station and also lodged a complaint against the pastor alleging forcible conversion of Hindus. In the same condition, the pastor too went to the police station along with some believers to file a complaint against the Hindu radicals, but the police refused to accept their complaint.

From the police station the believers took the pastor to the Kulakarni Eye hospital which is about 2 kms away from the house where the doctor advised him that his eye should be operated as it had inner bleeding and clotting inside the eye which is also affecting his vision. He is also under treatment for his bleeding ear and other bruises. Please pray for him.


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