As millions of Christians celebrated Christmas in the safety of their homes this past December, tribal Christians in India faced a different reality. Forced out of their homes by radical Hindus determined to make India a “solely Hindu” nation, these believers were forced to endure attackers who vandalized their homes, churches, and properties because they refused to “re-convert” to Hinduism. The assailants used bamboo sticks to physically attack Christians, then looted and destroyed their homes and churches. Several people were severely injured and hospitalized, while others fled to the jungle or to nearby police stations. Despite pleas from the community, officials are refusing to assist, reportedly telling the people to “fend for themselves.”
Don Shenk, director of The Tide® ministry, commented on the perilous situation in India, stating, “This direct attack on Christians in India is extremely troubling, but not surprising. Christ Himself warned His followers that they would be persecuted on His behalf. We at The Tide® ministry are lifting our brothers and sisters in Christ up in prayer — prayer that their faith remains unshaken, that their bold testimony makes an impact on those who don’t know the Gospel, and that their example would be an inspiration to other believers around the world.”
Attacks against tribal Christians have increased since radical Hindu groups launched a campaign in 2020 to stop the country’s indigenous people from converting to Christianity. These groups have been demanding that the government ban those who convert from receiving education and employment opportunities.
“Persecution is not something that Christians in America regularly face,” Shenk said. “It can be hard for us to visualize the terror felt by those who face daily oppression, but it is the reality for millions of believers worldwide. In the face of such persecution, the Tide® ministry is even more determined than ever before to share the Good News and be a light in the darkness of today’s world.”