Pastor arrested & jailed in Karnataka for preaching

July 18, 2012 by  
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Karnataka, July 17, 2012: Pastor Nathaniel Shubas, 26, is in charge of a House Church called Immanuel Prayer Hall at Sainagara in Hubli, Karnataka. He has a congregation of about 20 believers who regularly meet at his church for Sunday worship in the morning and spend a couple of hours in prayer and worship. Pastor Shubas has been spreading the message of Christ in the surrounding villages during the last 3 years. On Sunday evenings and week days he also conducts prayer meetings in the houses of the members of his congregation.

On Sunday, 15-7-12, he had organized a prayer meeting at the residence of one of his believers, one Siddamma, at about 8 in the evening where about 20 persons had gathered and the pastor was preaching the good news. At about 8.30 pm a person came to the prayer meeting and began recording pastor’s preaching and left the place. Within 10 minutes he appeared again along with about 20 RSS and Bajrangdal activists who forcibly entered the house and attacked the pastor. They abused him and beat him up and dragged him for more than a kilometer to the Vidyanagara Police Station and handed him over to the police alleging that he was forcibly and fraudulently converting Hindus to Christianity.

The police kept questioning the pastor till late in the night and then at about 11.30 pm took him to the magistrate after charge-sheeting under section 295-A of IPC. The magistrate sent the pastor to the Hubli Sub Jail. The GCIC has appointed an advocate, one Mr. Nirmal, who is pursuing the case and trying to get the pastor released at the earliest. Please pray for the pastor.

– persecution.in

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