Pastor Abraham leaves behind a wife and children. (Credit: World Watch Monitor)
Pastor Abraham leaves behind a wife and children. (Credit: World Watch Monitor)
May. 10, 2018 | India

Pastor Beheaded by Maoists

[438] prayers in [21] nations have been posted for Pastor Topno's Family and Church.

A pastor serving one of India’s minority tribal groups was murdered last week by suspected Maoists. On the evening of May 2, about 25 masked men abducted Pastor Abraham Topno from a taxi he was riding in, and the pastor’s beheaded body was found hours later along with a note signed by a communist rebel group operating in nearby Odisha state. According to a longtime friend of the pastor, he specifically chose to serve among the minority tribal group, despite the dangerous and challenging environment. His church had recently grown in number to about 60 believers. Pray for the pastor’s family and for Christians in the area.

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  • All who lose their life for your sake will live beneath your feet at your throne room in heaven for eternity, enjoying your pleasures and praising your holy name. What a privilege. What joy to be a part of such a group. Grant us all strength to face such suffering. Thank you for living through us and loving others through us. Bring us hope.
    Mark M - USA
  • Lord please keep the fire going in this church. Do not allow the enemy to quench their passion for you. Lord pour your peace out upon this family and this village. In Jesus mighty name I pray amen
    Erin C - USA
  • Father, my heart breaks for this pastor's family. Please be the husband and father to his widow and orphans that you promised, Please use this man's blood to seed a powerful conversion in that area denying the enemy of the rewards of killing one of your faithful. THank you that we know that this man was welcomed by you with great rejoicing into heaven.
    Cathleen W - USA
  • Dear Lord, be with and protect the family of Pastor Topno from the Maoists who beheaded him. Please bring dreams and visions of you to the communist rebel group that did or supported this terrible act so they may come to know you and love their neighbours. In Jesus mighty and powerful name. Amen.
    Linda R - Australia
  • Father I pray for the church Pastor Topno built in your Sons name. May your Spirit bring them comfort and courage. I pray you raise up a leader amongst them to continue the great commission against all odds. May your Word reign in this remote region and may their persecutera come to faith in your Son. In His mighty name amen.
    Ingrid V - USA
  • We pray, dear Lord, for this grieving family. Use Your Church to bring comfort and to provide for them. May they come to a place of peace, knowing that Brother Topno is with You. Embolden the Christians of this village to carry on the ministry of their departed brother, and may their willingness to forgive their persecutors speak to many hearts.
    Toni D - USA
  • Heavenly Father comfort Pastor Topno's family with Your words that precious is his blood in Your sight. Redeem this family from their life of oppression and violence and save the souls of these needy persecuters in India Ps 72 Honor Pastor Topnu's desire to declare Your strength to this generation and Your power to everyone who is to come Ps 71
    Julie C - USA
  • Heal this pastor "s family with sorrows and learn to trust in the Lord. Help the church remain faithful and bring the murderers to justice.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father, I pray for Pastor Topno's family that you would comfort them in thier hour of bereavement and grief. May your grace fill their heart and comfort them. Please protect them from further physical harm from this violent extremist. I pray that the pastor's death may not be in vain, but that it will continue to strengthen and grow the congregation.
    Isaac M - USA
  • God, what evil! Please comfort Pastor Abraham's wife & children. Protect them from additional harm. Provide for all of their needs. Give them the support & help they need. Give them grace to forgive this evil. Protect all believers in this area. Convict those involved in this atrocity. Let the Gospel spread throughout the Muslin world, Amen.
    Donna S - USA
  • Dear FATHER GOD JESUS CHRIST, (Isaiah 9:6)

    Please saturate Your Church with Your HOLY SPIRIT , AMEN. (Luke 11:13)
    eric H - USA
  • Lord, please comfort these grieving loved ones, and remind them that Pastor Topno's sacrifice was not in vain. Thank you for his love for others that caused him to follow in Jesus' footsteps to pay the ultimate price. May the gospel greatly advance because of his testimony, and may the church be unified and strong. Raise up many leaders in his place.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Jesus let that seed take root of the slaying of Pastor Topno. Let new life spring up. Let his follower stand even stronger for you Jesus and help his family to fight the good fight of faith. Amen.
    Reatha G - USA
  • Father, please comfort the family and church of Pastor Topno. May they trust that You are still in control and that You will bring good from this situation even though they may not see it yet. Raise up new, godly leaders for the church and may it continue to grow in faith and numbers. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father please open the eyes of the Maoists so that they turn to you and not continue in darkness. Let them get down on their knees and beg you for forgiveness for killing Pastor Abraham knowing that you alone are their Savior. Please protect Abraham's family from evil and harm and the Christians he shepherded. Give them healing, peace, renewed faith.
    Laurie T - USA
  • Heavenly Father, we thank you for the life of Pastor Abraham Topno. What a brave servant He was. We bring before you his family and fellow Christians in this area, give them strength. Bring the Maoists to repentance thru visions. Only at the name of Jesus will they find rest. Let the service of Pastor Abraham be multiplied and bring glory to Jesus
    Peg B - USA
  • Lord god bring the maoists to their knees; speak to them and tell them their doing wrong; save their souls fill them with your holy spirit. Lordgod I pray for the pastors family wrap your arms around them, bless and comfort them. Lord I pray you will fill them all with your holy spirit. In jesus name amen
    Misha B - USA
  • Father, I pray for this pastor's wife and family. Wrap your arms around them. May they know their loved one is at peace and waiting for them. may they continue the work he started. Help them not grow bitter. Speak to the hearts of those who did this, open their eyes to truth. I pray your Spirit would convict the hearts of this area,
    polly c - USA
  • Pastor Topno's case is not ignored by You Lord. You noticed it and delighted in his life as Your Child. Yet we pray for his family and for the Christians emotionally affected by this traumatic incident.
    Let them not fear.
    Rather, embolden them to pursue further Pastor Topno's work, Your work. Let them see You despite this situation.
    rian P - Philippines
  • Thanks for the fruit this man had on his ministry. Please bless his family Lord, with an even greater faith and an even more fiery passion for Jesus. Make them just like You Jesus! Please let this sacrifice be a catalyst for an even greater awakening in these tirbal groups.
    Piet K - Netherlands
  • Heavenly Father, I commit Pastor Abfaham family and brethren to your embrace, Lord you knows the pain they are enduring,.Stand by now and in the days a head, strengthened them dear Lord that they will be bold. Father they need your shoulder to lean on. Be the father to the family,Grant them inner healing, be their stability and guide, wings over them
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Father God, it grieves us to see one of Your precious saints so-mistreated. Please provide for the needs of Abraham's wife and children and comfort them in their sadness. Torment the minds of all murderers and cowards who come against the truth with the Love of Christ until they repent. Bring the satanic beliefs of the Maoists to nothing. Thank You.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Dear Lord
    I pray for Pastor Topno's family and his church. Comfort them in their grief. Let it only draw them closer to You. May they find comfort that he is now with You, whom he loved more than life itself. May Your light shine.
    Madison F - USA
  • Pastor Abraham Topno's efforts and work are not finished, and You are not surprised by any of this for precious in Your sight are the death of Your Saints. You said, "Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it bears no fruit." And now the Seed has fallen into Your hands so now comes the fruit. LORD You must be a Father to the Fatherless now. Glory!
    Jay S - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus please bless this brothers family children his church family & help them all to continue to trust solely in you .father bless these maoist group & bring incredible conviction in their hearts of what they have done to this humble pastor. They will not rest peace will run from them far away until they acknowledge you in Jesus name Amen
    lexton s - New Zealand
  • Dear Heavenly Father: We do not understand why You have allowed the beheading of Pastor Topno, but we do trust You to bring good out of this evil deed. Comfort his dear wife and family & friends. MAy souls come to know the dear Savior even now. Thank you for those who have come to know you because of Pastro Topno's ministry. Give your peace. Amen
    Nancy R - USA
  • Dear Father, we thank you for Pastor Topno's life and that he is with You now. We ask that you comfort and minister to his wife, children, and church still in India. We know that persecution grows the church, so we ask you to use this horrific death to grow Christianity in this Indian community, in the NAME OF JESUS! We wait in expectation!
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Father, We cry out for the blood, body, and spirit of the Lord Jesus to touch this people who shed innocent blood and for your own people. We forbid satan to have a stronghold here but remit the sins so that the goodness of God will bring repentance to all and the works of the satan will be destroyed and Jesus will be glorified as Lord and Savior.
    MARI S - USA
  • Dear Father, my heart breaks for Abraham's wife and children. Please help their minds to be filled with good memories of their father. Give them a boldness in Christ they never had before. I pray that each and every one of those who took part in the attack will be influenced by You, and will desire to accept You as their Lord and Savior. Amen.
    Tricia G - USA
  • Oh Holy Spirit, be with the family & friends of this blessed martyr. Provide everything his family needs. Open the eyes & ears of the persecutors so that they will hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and turn from the deception they are living in in total darkness. In The Name of Jesus let those who are in darkness come to The Light of The World amen
    Kimberly G - USA
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