Believers in Odisha are still recovering from the 2008 riots.
Believers in Odisha are still recovering from the 2008 riots.
Sep. 19, 2019 | India

Bibles Bring Joy to Kandhamal

[272] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Christian Leaders in Odisha.

Earlier this year, VOM workers provided Bibles to 50 pastors and Christian leaders for distribution to their congregations in Kandhamal district, Odisha state, which suffered massive anti-Christian riots in 2008. Hindu nationalists, who blamed Christians for the death of a political figure, killed 45 people, displaced about 50,000 and destroyed thousands of homes. Many Christians were forced to flee their homes suddenly, leaving behind most of their possessions, including Bibles. It has taken more than a decade for them to rebuild and resettle, and the need for Bibles in the region is ongoing. “When they saw the Bibles,” a VOM worker said, “they were overjoyed and worshiped the Lord by singing and dancing.”

Write your own prayer for Christian Leaders in Odisha

  • God, I am thankful for these brothers and sisters who rejoice in getting your Holy Word. Our access to Bibles is so widespread, it becomes easy to forget the many people groups who long for the Word. I pray for their continued growth and faithfulness, and pray the entire region will be influenced, with many nonbelievers repenting and coming to Jesus.
    Curtis M - USA
  • We praise you God for the singing and dances as these brothers and sisters praised you and the wonderful gift of your work that was brought to them. Thank you for helping them to be over-comers overs these many years. Bless them, Jesus!
    Paula L - USA
  • Brothers and sisters in Christ, I'm overjoyed to hear of God's care and provision as you rebuild and of the great rejoicing over the Bible's received. May He reveal Himself continually to you, and continue to provide for your needs and strengthen your faith!
    Mary F - USA
  • Oh God, thank you so much for getting Bibles over to these believers in India - that is so awesome and we are so thankful! Let their joy at the sight and handling of your words, the Bible, be exemplary to U.S. Christians. Let your word renew and strengthen them. Pour your blessings on them for their continued faith in the midst of persecution.
    Amen
    Rebecca M - USA
  • Lord Jesus, we do praise You for providing Bibles to these believers. May Your word bear rich and deep fruit in their lives and may they know and teach the Scriptures in truth. May they be deeply nourished through the reading and study of what You have declared and may churches be strengthened in the work You have called them to.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father, continue to renew their faith and restore their joy. I pray you watch over your children here. Help them to share the gospel in love and wisdom. Move upon the all the hearts to hear, may their eyes be opened. Supply your children with all they need as they look to you.
    polly c - USA
  • Lord, thank you for providing your precious Word to these believers. Please protect their Bibles so they can be read over and over again, and help them to grow in their faith as a result. We thank you for the way the Church is growing in India despite persecution, and the way you love the Indian people. Please encourage them and keep them strong.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Father, please use Your Word and Your Spirit to encourage, strengthen and protect Your children. Please meet their needs, bless and use them. In Jesus Name, amen.
    Debbie M - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    I pray for these precious brothers and sisters in Christ. We praise You for bringing Bibles to them and providing for them. I pray that Your blessings would shower down on them. May their light shine brightly for You.
    In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Abba Your word is lamp unto our feet and light unto our path. Your children face road blocks at every turn. Only You can rescue them God. We pray protection and sustenance of these believers to shock the radicals to witness the power of God working among them. May Your healing power flow through them. Heal emotional, physical, financial injuries
    BENEDICTA N - USA
  • Father, we thank and praise You for keeping Your people in these riots even in the terrible destruction. Thank you also that they are once again resettled and their strong faith and joy in You is evident. We rejoice with them that they are receiving their Bibles again and we rejoice in You also and worship with them for Your goodness to Your children
    Gail M - USA
  • Dear Lord, We lift up our precious brothers & sisters in Kandhamal district, Odisha state. Thank you for these Bibles, thank you for the joy with which they have been received. Make the church in Kandhamal district, Odisha state be strengthened, full of faith, love & hope, with many coming to know you. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Lord God, thank you that these believers were able to receive Bibles. Help them to be encouraged and strengthened through your word. I pray that they will share the good news of the gospel with others as they have opportunities. Help them to establish places of worship in their new communities and to serve you in many way. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Praise your name, O Lord, for granting this gift of Bibles to the Christians in Odisha. I rejoice with them and can only imagine that they were overjoyed. I pray you will continue to equip VOM workers to bring more Bibles and to grow these Christians as your Word works your will and wonders in their lives for your sake and for the joy of all the saints
    Diana F - USA
  • Father may these believers find great hope and encouragement in your word.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Dear heavenly Father, I praise you for the way that you have provided Bibles for these believers. Please continue to provide for their needs. Surround them with your angels to keep them in all their ways. I pray that they would be a light in the darkness around them, and allow others to see the love and truth of Christ in all they do. In Jesus Name.
    Julie B - USA
  • Father, may Your Word continue to be a lamp unto the feet and light unto the path of our Indian brothers and sisters in-Christ still recovery from the 2008 anti-Christian riots and attacks. I pray that Christians in the West will realize and respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters in India and throughout the world by providing the Word of God.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Keep our brothers and sisters safe and keep up the good works.
    Debbie V - USA
  • We praise you Heavenly Father for seeing these your dear children thru many years of hardship without the readiness of their own Bibles. Thank you for providing Bibles for them and for their example of power of Your word living in their hearts and lives. Continue to increase their faith and the joy of Jesus to radiate in their lives. Pat USA
    Patricia S - USA
  • Thank you Father for providing Bibles to your people. Let their example in response to getting a Bible be a witness to all who read their story here. Place a hedge of protection around them and make them bold. Please continue to supply Bibles to all who desire them.
    In Jesus Name
    Cathleen W - USA
  • Dear Lord, Thank You for providing Bibles to the Christian Leaders in Odisha. I pray for Your continued provision of Bibles in this region and that the Christian Leaders would be effective in the leadership of their congregations. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
    Dara W - USA
  • Lord , we are truly inspired by the resolve and love of these brave Christians. Please surround them with your compassion and protection. Give them confidence that only comes from trusting You.
    In Jesus Name,
    Diana M - USA
    Diana M - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Odisha: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Guide their leaders in their roles. Bring those responsible for the attacks in the area to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, let you Spirit fill the hearts and minds of leaders in the church in Odisha who continue to preach your word in hostile environment. thank you Lord for the Bibles and many more Bibles that will be distributed into the community of believers. Let your word continue to reach every soul in families and schools. I ask all that in Jesus n
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • My Child I am here for you. I know the desires of your heart. I know every intimate detail of your life. I am with you always. Don't ever feel you are alone for I am with you till the end of time. I will walk through the valley of death with you. Do not fear! www.Heistheword.com
    Estelle S - USA
  • Lord thank You for the love these people have for Your Word. May they bury it deep in their hearts & speak it boldly to those around them that need to know Jesus Christ. May those of us who have several Bibles in our homes, be "overjoyed & worship the Lord by singing & dancing" when we open our Bibles, and may we do that often. Thank You for Your Word!
    Sharon C - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in Odisha: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Bring those responsible for the conflict to repentance & may there be peace. Heal all who have been affected by recent conflict.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Father, thank-you so much for VOM. Thank-you for the bibles that they have delivered to Kandhamal. I am so grateful for the opportunity to pray for these believers in Kandhamal. I pray that your word will strengthen, encourage, direct, and proclaim who you are. Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you! Praise to your name now and forever.
    Gerelda L - USA
  • Deat God & Father, I pray for believers in Odisha: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give their leaders wisdom in their roles. Bring those responsible for the attacks in their area to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Ame
    Lisa D - USA
  • Heavenly Father I pray these bibles reach and touch every man , woman, and child . That these bibles won't be discovered and ruined , protect those that own these bibles, and their homes , protect them from the hands of those evil ones that need Jesus so desperately , and I pray they'll too give their lives over to Christ in Jesus name Amen
    April B - USA
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