My dad Dr. Mathews is on one of his two week trips to the villages.
He is ministering in the central part of India where hundreds of first
generation churches have been planted. As a result of these advances in
the Kingdom, there is an increasing amount of persecution against
Christians. He gave me this report of a Christian brother that he had
met just a couple of days ago while preaching in his village. This
brother was brutally martyred for Christ.
Raut was a Christian who lived next to a Hindu neighbor who has
tuberculosis. As is the common practice, this Hindu neighbor went to
see a witchdoctor who lives in the village. The witchdoctor told him
that the reason he was suffering is because of his Christian neighbor
who is practicing "Christian Witchcraft" against him. Raut is known to
pray out loud with his family every day. The other day when the Hindu
neighbor heard Raut praying, he was convinced that the prayers were
meant to be a form of Christian witchcraft against him. So the man
decided to murder Raut.
After prayer, and as Bro. Raut was walking out of his house,
the Hindu neighbor took his axe and attacked him and split his head wide
open; Brother Raut fell dead in a pool of blood. After killing him,
the man walked straight to the police station confessing to the police
that he killed a Christian who practiced witchcraft against him. The
police took him into custody and a case of murder was registered against
him. Our fellow pastors in the area took the body of Brother Raut and
Please pray for the Christians and churches in this region that
they will be bold in the midst of the persecution. Like Stephen may
Brother Raut's Martyrdom be used to lead many to Christ. Please
remember his wife and three children who are going through a tough time.
Pray that God would protect Dr. Mathews as he has a few more days of
ministry in this region.
For those of you who would like help the families of believer's like Brother Raut, you can contribute to our Persecuted Pastor's Fund. These funds are used to pay for expenses that arise out of persecution and also assist the surviving family members.