Bijaya, second from the left, was reunited with his wife and children after more than 10 years.
Bijaya, second from the left, was reunited with his wife and children after more than 10 years.
Sep. 05, 2019 | India

Second of Two Kandhamal Prisoners Released

[274] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Garnath and Bijaya.

Two men held falsely responsible for the catalyst to the 2008 anti-Christian Kandhamal riots have been released. India’s Supreme Court ordered the release of Garnath Chalanseth in May and Bijaya Sanset in July. Four other Christian men remain in prison. Many blamed the men for the murder of Hindu priest Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, which incited massive riots that lasted for days and resulted in the destruction of thousands of homes and the displacement of about 50,000 people. Seeking to resolve the situation, authorities arrested the six Christian men, who were falsely convicted of Swami Saraswati’s murder and imprisoned. It has taken nearly a decade for their various legal appeals to be heard. Pray for the release of the other four men who are still in prison.

Write your own prayer for Garnath and Bijaya

  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Garnath, Bijaya, the 4 still imprisoned believers & their families: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen & encourage them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Sustain all them. May the 4 imprisoned believers be released. Bring those responsible for their plight to repentance.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Praise You Lord and King that You are our advocate. I'm asking Lord that You will continue to strengthen our brothers to not give up the hope they have in Jesus. We know that it is the evil principalities that stir up trouble against Your people, but I praise You that You have overcome them by the blood of the Lamb.
    Lord set them free.
    kathleen h - Australia
  • Dear God & Father, thank You for Garnath, Bijaya , the other 4 believers in prison & their families. Protect, provide for comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Sustain them; may they find favor with those around them. May the other 4 believers soon be freed. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, thank You for answering prayer for the release of these men. May we all trust in Your sovereignty, wisdom, and kindness as You unveil Your master plan. May those still imprisoned be filled with Your Spirit and joy as they lean into You. Cause all this to open the eyes and hearts of others who need You. In Jesus' Name.
    janie b - USA
  • Father, I pray that You will set these captives free and reunite them with their families and friends. Thank You that Garnath and Bijaya were released from prison and are able to enjoy freedom and liberty in the Lord. I pray that those who are responsible for the widespread death and destruction in this area of India will repent and trust Jesus Christ.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Garnath, Bijaya, 4 still-imprisoned men & their families: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. Sustain them all; may the other 4 believers be freed. Bring those responsible for their plight & that of so many others to repentance. Heal all those affected by the murder of the Hindu priest.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord God Heavenly Father: I pray for release of the four men that are suffering in prison for believing in you and in your son Jesus Christ. I pray also that persecutors will come to know the love and forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ who is "the Lamb of God" seen in John 1. Lord meet the needs of all that truly choose to follow you. Amen
    Tom M - USA
  • Father, thank You for the two men being released, and now please see to it that the remaining four men still in prison. We see India as a peaceful country, except for the treatment of Christians in some areas. May the gospel continue to go out to many people and may the character of these men be a shining light to their local community.
    Christopher D - USA
  • Father... please restore these 6 men to their families. Satan has tried to destroy them and the family of their families during this time. I pray their imprisonments has had the opposite effect....countless others seeing their need of you instead. Help each person involved to know their sacrifice was for eternity and not temporary!
    Michelle L - USA
  • Thank you Father, that Garnath and Bijaya are now out of prison. Help them to adjust quickly to family and community life. Protect them. May they continue to let the Spirit live through them so that others are drawn to Jesus and follow Him fully. Please grant release of the other four still in prison. Thank you. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • May the God of all creation minister to you in your time of persecution! I pray the Holy Spirit will minister to you in a special way!
    Mike V - USA
  • FATHER., we pray for the innocent Christian believers who are incarcerated accused of a crime that they didn't commit. We pray for their release.
    anthony c - USA
  • Thank you God for the release of these men and bring justice for those still in prison. Yours is the kingdom the POWER and the glory. Astound your enemies Lord.
    David O - USA
  • In the Name of Jesus I pray for immediate release of the other four Christian men still in prison. I pray the Blood of Jesus, peace & great favor for all these Christians, & that unbelievers will see the love of Christ in them & come to faith in Jesus. I pray for salvation & healing for the family of the Hindu priest, Swami Saraswati, in Jesus Name!
    Patricia L - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Garnath, Bijaya, the 4 still imprisoned men, & their families: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they be strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. May the 4 men be released. Bring to repentance all those responsible for their plights & that of many others'. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, thank You for the release of these two men. We continue to pray for the others to be released. Satan is always so busy attacking those who worship You. Please bless these families with the safe return of their loved ones and may they continue to be strong and courageous. As we all should be.
    In Jesus' name, Amen
    Connie A - USA
  • Lord, thank You for releasing Garnath and Bijaya. We ask the remaining 4 men also be released soon. May Your justice and righteousness prevail, and truth and justice be manifest. Please strengthen these men and their families in heart, mind, soul and body and unite them in faith and service to You. May their testimony speak to many needing salvation.
    Beth P - USA
  • Father please bring comfort to those men still imprisoned and allow the gospel to go forth within the prison walls that many will be saved because of their witness. Thank you for allowing 2 of the 6 men to be released and may they continue sharing You with others so that You will be glorified in India.
    Merri G - USA
  • Father in the name of Jesus Christ thank you for his release. We also ask in Jesus name for the release of others.
    KIDOCHUKWU U - Nigeria
  • Nothing is impossible for those who believes in the lord my pray that no matter the circumstances they may experience trust in the Lord you'll see his amazing power in Jesus name amen!
    eric v - USA
  • Thank you Lord for allowing justice to prevail. I am grateful for allowing Garnath and Bijaya to be reunited with their families. I pray for the release of the remaining four persons still being held. Father intervene and grant them justice. Thank you father because you have answered my prayers. Amen
    Sola O - Nigeria
  • Lord God, I am thankful that you have protected and set free these men. I pray for the four still in prison that you will protect them and guard them. May these men be released soon as well. Please help their families and may their sacrifice bear rich fruit for your kingdom. Glorify the name of Jesus through what these six people have gone through.Amen
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Garnath, Bijaya, the 4 still imprisoned Christian men & their families: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring all those responsible for the whole mess to repentance. May all involved be headed. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on your faithful.
    Peter K - USA
  • May the Lord work in hearts of those involved in making this decision to release the other people. Praise God you have been released
    June W - USA
  • Father thank you for sustaining Garnath and Bijaya through out these years. Father I pray that now that they have been released from captivity that you will further guide them to fit back into family life and re-establish and strengthen relationships. I ask that you will reveal to them your plans ahead. Father, remember the four others stll in prison.
    Trevor W - New Zealand
  • Thank you God for the release of Garnath and Bijaya. bless them and their families as they continue to praise and give you thanks for answered prayers. Continue to work in hearts so that the other prisoners can be released and be with families. May the lives of these freed men radiate the love of Jesus and draw souls to you Jesus. Pat USA
    Patricia S - USA
  • Thank you God that you are the God of restoration. Thank you for hearing the price of your people. I pray that you will restore the years that the company has taken. I pray for those of the prisoners that you will bring freedom to them also In Jesus name amen.
    Diana Z - United Kingdom
  • Praise You Father for releasing these two men, please bless their families and them greatly. Please also release the others soon Lord and please bless and encourage them. I pray that their persecutors would come to know You as Lord, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Garnath, Bijaya, the 4 still imprisoned believers & their families: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Sustain them all; free the 4 men from prison. I pray these things for many others in similar situations. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
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