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

[305] prayers in [16] 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

  • Thank you Father that Bijaya was reunited with his family. I pray for that family to be strong together as they get used to having their father and husband home. Thank you for the release of Garnath also. I pray that the other 4 men will be released soon. Make these men bold for you while they are in prison and after their release.
    Laurie P - USA
  • Father, we lift up praise for the release of these 2 brothers falsely accused. We pray You will be near them and help them go on with their lives and that they will be strong and faithful. May their churches and families surround them with Your strength and love. Keep these 4 that remain that they may not lose heart but rejoice each day in You
    Gail M - USA
  • Thank you for your brothers release.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Heavenly Father, Thank You for answering our prayers; releasing Garnath and Bijaya. Please unite in agreement with You the prayers for the other four to be released. Meanwhile, empower them to effectively share Christ with those in prison, pray for and see The Holy Spirit save others there. Provide for their families. Take fears, cares and reveal truth
    Jim E - USA
  • Father, Thank you for the 2 released. Let their examples in jail be the reason that more come to faith. Please give them and their families your Joy and Peace. Let all suspicions be cleared in the community's eyes so they may be safe. Help them forgive and use their example to draw many to you form the Hindu faith so they may be thankful for this.
    Cathleen W - USA
  • Dear Lord, we pray for Garnath and Bijaya that they would be safe and grow in faith in you. We pray for the other four men in prison that they will be released. We pray for legal appeals to speed up in your name Jesus. You are Lord over all and pray your Holy Spirit to work in this area of unrest in India in Jesus name amen.
    Connie V - USA
  • Our Father who at in heaven, let Garnath and Bijaya enjoy reunion with their families and give them strength to continue with the work that you placed in their hands of building your kingdom on earth. let them grow spiritually. I pray for their families to give them the necessary support to continue spreading the gospel in that nation.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • What great faith Your servants have shown during their wrongful imprisonment. And, God, we pray for release of Your other four saints who are in prison. We ask that you use these ordeals to win the lost to Christ and to show Your glory. We thank You for saints like Garnath and Bijaya, who paid a big price for their faithfulness. May justice reign.
    Meg K. P - USA
  • Father, I thank you for the two that have been released. We continue to pray that the remaining 4 will be released as well. Give them peace as they trust your timing and will. And be with the two that are now free, help them to readjust to being free with their church and family. Use what the enemy has planned for evil for good through this situation.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    We thank you for the release of Garnath and Bijaya. we pray for the release of the other for Christian man still held in prison falsely. Give them, and the men released, courage and strengthen their faith in this time. May they feel Your Presence around them and have peace. Provide for their needs and covered them with Your wings. Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank You for the release of Brothers Garnath and Bijaya! I thank You in advance for the release of the remaining 4 men as well! Thank You also for all the lost souls that have been and are still being reached with The Gospel of Jesus Christ through these 6 Holy Spirit filled men of God! Protect, guide, keep, and bless them all! Amen!
    Cristiana S - USA
  • Holy Father, thank You for the release of Garnath and Bijaya. I pray that they were able to plant seeds of hope in everyone they met in prison. I also pray for the other men still in jail. Keep them strong, and bonded to You. Be with those who falsely accused them. Convict them of their need for You. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Lord, praises to You for my brothers being released! Healing & restoration for their families in Your Name. We are also believing for the other four men to be released acc to Your perfect timing & purposes. Minister grace to them & their families. may the men reach multitudes for You while they await!! Work in the hearts of the persecutors IJN
    Lisa T - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank You for the release of Garnath and Bijaya. Please provide justice and wisdom for everyone concerned so that the other four prisoners may be released. Send them faith to maintain their belief in Jesus Christ. Keep their families strong and close to each other. Soften the hearts of their persecutors.
    Betty A - USA
  • God, be praised for the release of these men. Father we thank You. Give guidance as they settle back into their families. We also pray for the quick release of the other men. Grant them favour before the authorities. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Claire F - Barbados
  • Father, in the name of Jesus, please help the four men who remain in prison. Thank you for the release of the other men, and I pray that you will also help the remaining men to be released. Give them strength and courage as they remain in prison. Help them to be a light and a witness to all those around them. In Jesus precious name. Amen.
    Julie B - USA
  • Father God may your hand be upon our persecuted Brothers and sisters. Give them strength and comfort them in Jesus mighty name Amen.
    Yvonne T - USA
  • Our FATHER GOD LORD please have mercy on the men that have been wrongly accused and are being held in prison away from their loved ones please help the prayers offered up to be an encouragement for them please let them also be an encouragement to the families of these men, please help them LORD as they battle on their own IN THE PRECIOUS NAME OF JESUS
    Colleen K - South Africa
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Garnath, Bijaya, 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 . May they find favor with those around them & be good influences. May the 4 still imprisoned believers be freed. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • THANK YOU LORD JESUS FOR VINDICATING THESE MEN OF GOD!!! Restore back to health these two men!! Restore there hope and joy hundred fold!!!!! Give peace to them and there families!! Thank You for setting these men free in Jesus Mighty name!!!!!!! Thank You miracle working God, Only You are good!!!! Show favor to the other men waiting release.
    Deidre S - USA
  • Lord Jesus please set those other men free and let the truth be know about the priest and Iam asking that this be done today as I have faith in you that you can and will let all involved see the grace and love of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ amen
    Maggie F - Canada
  • Father, Thank you for the release of two of the Christian men. I pray for the men who remain in prison. Please protect them, give them strength to endure and not give up. May their lives reflect Jesus each day while they remain prisoners. I pray for their soon release.
    Betty D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Garnath, Bijaya, 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; may they find favor with those around them & be good influences. May the 4 men be released. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father God, thank You for the release of Garnath and Bijaya. Please protect and watch over the 4 men who remain imprisoned. I pray that through the witness of Garnath and Bijaya that many will come to know you, Lord. Protect and watch over their families, bless them, Father. Thank You, Lord, for all you do. In Jesus' name.
    Helen W - USA
  • I praise you for your faithfulness to these family's. By your hand cause the brothers who are still in prison to be freed and reunited with their family's. May many come to know you through the witness of these brothers in Jesus. I pray this in Jesus name.
    sue g - USA
  • Thank You for the release of these 2 whom you have sustained in prison. We ask that the families Garnath and Bijaya will adjust well to the return of their loved ones and the our brothers will adjust well to their return home. We ask for the soon release of the other 4. God of truth, clear them completely of those false charges so they will be safe.
    Antoinette D - USA
  • Lord Jesus, I pray that You would place Your hand of protection & blessing over these 6 Christians who have suffered in righteousness for Your sake. We look to You Lord Jesus to intervene on behalf of the other 4 Christians still in prison. Let the Truth be made known & may the judicial system be just! Let Your justice manifest in this situation!AMEN
    Deborah M - USA
  • Father in Heaven, I pray that you please soften the hearts of those who hold the falsely accused Christians in prison, leading to the release of those held falsely. I know that these trials will be used for your glory and I know that your plans are always good. Thank you for the release of Garnath Chalanseth. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
    Beverly M - USA
  • Praise be to God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ for the release of these two innocent men. Holy Father we pray that you please provide the other four men still in prison with a revival of your spirit, and a continuance of their faith amidst their many trials. God we pray for the release of these other men and for Your hope to sustain them. Amen.
    Samantha H - USA
  • Abba the govt & judicial system of India has not been fair to Christians. May they be convicted for their wrong doing and torture of innocent Christians. please pour your mercy on the ignorant & unruly police to pierce their conscience for wrong doing. may more brave people rise up to fight & subdue the evil.
    BENEDICTA N - USA
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