Sharing the gospel can get you arrested in India, though it's not illegal.
Sharing the gospel can get you arrested in India, though it's not illegal.
Oct. 21, 2021 | India

Three Men Arrested for Sharing the Gospel

[180] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Families of arrested believers.

Three Indian believers were arrested after sharing the gospel and interrogated by police for more than nine hours. After their arrest and while they were still in custody, one of the wives of the men wrote, “I am feeling at peace knowing God is in control of this situation. I am asking that He would be glorified and the national believers to be encouraged and their faith strengthened. I am starting to feel tired and drained, but still hopeful in Him and all the ways He desires to use this and be glorified.” The men were released many hours later after police took down identifying details. The three men decided to fast and pray while they were being held, and they also read Scripture together from an app on one of the men’s phones. One of the men said the experience was a unique bonding experience among the three. “We do not know if there will be any further effect on them,” wrote a VOM partner. “Please pray for the wives and children of the men who were arrested to have peace that surpasses all understanding.”

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  • Lord, for those who are persecuted in India, we pray for your peace and the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit. Please send your comfort and encouragement. Protect and provide for these believers and their families. Help them to trust you regardless of the opposition that comes. Bind their hearts together in the unity of the Spirit.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Heavenly Father
    Please bless the brothers and deliver them and their families from evil
    I pray for the peace of Christ that they may bear fruit for Your name
    And may grow in wisdom and the fear of God
    Please let their faith not fail
    And open the eyes of the authorities to the gospel
    Renato V - Netherlands
  • Father God we pray for these families who suffer for their love of Jesus. May Gods Holy word inspire them to continue in their walk and be a witness to a lost and dying world, Amen
    jeff h - USA
  • Thank you, Jesus for these brave Christians. Guard and protect them. Let them be released from prison. Protect their families. Encourage each family member who misses their husband or father. Send the Holy Spirit to comfort and encourage them.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father, even when the outcome appears in the eyes of the world to be negative, you turn things around for the good of your children, and you can bring peace in times of great chaos and trouble. I ask you to go before these men, fight their battle, strengthen them and their families. Wash over them with your presence and peace, guide them in Jesus' name
    polly c - USA
  • Father, I thank you for the faithfulness of these believers to trust you through this time. I thank you that the men were released. I pray that you will continue to grow them in faith and confidence knowing that whatever other situations they will face that you will continue to be faithful. Continue to be glorified throughout all India.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on your faithful.
    Peter K - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    We ask that that You would pour out Your peace and strength on these three men and the families. Use their arrests to build Your kingdom; use what was meant for evil to bring about good! May their witnesses shine brightly in the minds of those who oppose them, that many would come to know You!
    In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Father, praise you for the release of these three brothers like how you have led Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of the fire pit unscathed. Continue to guard their hearts and minds in Jesus because of your peace that surpasses all understanding. In your compassion, please continue to protect them, their wives and children under your wings. Amen.
    Jonathan C - Hong Kong
  • pray for the men that were wrongly taken from their homes, I pray that you bond these men together. I pray for their families that they can remain strong and never haft to go through the fear that they did again. I pray that you strike belief into the people that took them and that they will meet one day to share the gospel with their persecutors.
    Hudson L - USA
  • I pray for the men that were wrongly taken from their homes, I pray that you bond these men together. I pray for their families that they can remain strong and never haft to go through the fear that they did again. I pray that you strike belif into the people that took them and that
    Hudson L - USA
  • Thank You for using this time to grow these men in You. May they continue to mature and hold fast to the promises of Your word, and be bold and faithful ministers of Your gospel. I pray that their families would be surrounded by Your peace and know Your comfort in the midst of this uncertainty. May they find fresh joy in You.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father, please work in a mighty way bringing glory to yourself from this situation and accomplishing your will through it. May good come from this to the lives of those involved. Thank you that the men were released. Bring the needed healing, courage, and growth of faith in them and their families. Please protect them. Thank you. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father, I pray for peace of mind and rest as these men return home. I pray for all courage, boldness, and strength as they continue to share and preach the gospel in their area. Lord, make them like Paul who persevered in all persecution and trials to continue making your saving gospel known. Bless their work abundantly, in Jesus' name. Amen.
    Casey B - USA
  • DIOS Y PADRE DE NUESTRO SALVADOR JESUCRISTO TE DOY GRACIAS POR LAS VIDAS DE MIS HERMANOS POR SU FIDELIDAD ANTE ESTA SITUACION TE RUEGO QUE LES FORTALEZCAS CADA DIAY LOS GUARDES A ELLOS Y SUS FAMILIAS TE LO PIDO EN EL NOMBRE DEL SU HIJO JESUCRISTO
    MIRIAM S - Argentina
  • Father God, may we, the people of Christ, know His "peace." I praise Your creative ways to help men connect to each other for encouragement. You always make a way. Your word is the remedy. We ask Your protection over the men and their wives. Our Lord is real and His peace is real! We thank You Father for Your truth we find in Your word.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Lord I pray for these believers to be shown mercy and for their faith and experience to spur on and ecourage the beleivers around them. I pray for their story to be that of hope so that those around them may see how You can turn all things for good. I pray for their faith and witness to have impacted those who interrogated them and those who saw it.
    Joy H - USA
  • Holy Father, bless the families of the men who were arrested. Let them rest in Your unchanging arms, and feel Your peace. Let them know that they are not alone, and that we are praying for them. Place a hedge of protection around their loved ones as they share the good news of Jesus. In His name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • In the powerful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, El Shaddai, God Almighty, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we adore You for the faithfulness of these believers and families of arrested believers, we ask for a hedge of protection on them and heavenly beings to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear Father in Heaven. Thank You for the tremendous faith of these believers. May the persecution only make them stronger and more believers as a result. I pray for their wives and children to have peace and also grow in their faith. May You be glorified through all that is going on with these believers. In Jesus' name. Amen
    John S - USA
  • Dear Jesus, thank You that these men were let go. Please help them not to be arrested again. I pray You would continue to use them in bringing people into Your kingdom. Please help the people of India to see Jesus is the only way to heaven, and bless the family of these men with peace and protection in Jesus name amen
    Sierra H - USA
  • Families of arrested believers be strong and faithful to you.
    Debbie V - USA
  • In the love of Jesus, our heavenly Father, God of mercy and comfort, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of arrested believers and families. We ask for mercy and justice for them, for hedge of protection be on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, I thank you for the faith of these believers and their families. Please bless them as they wait to see what else will happen. Give their wives and children a supernatural peace and remind them that you are above all and enjoy providing for your children. Give al involved courage to face whatever comes. In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for 3 arrested believers & their families: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You the men were release & pray that theirs & their families' faith will stay strong. May they find favor with authorities. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for these faithful believers in India and their obedience in seeing You glorified even if it means enduring persecution. Thank You for the peace their families receive trusting in You. Please strengthen them in their faith and that they would endure. May their wives and children experience peace beyond all understanding.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Lord, please continue to be with these men and their families and with men and women like them who are sharing the Good News of Jesus. Do not allow the Evil One to keep a grip on the hearts of those who persecute them.
    randy r - USA
  • Heavenly Father, please be with them. Comfort their families and lift them up with Hope. Renew their strength, and let the Holy Spirit continue to do the work of the Lord through them. We are with you India, stay strong in the Lord and know we are praying for you and your families. Love you! Glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! 3
    Danyella G - USA
  • O Father of mercies, thank you for the comfort and peace you have given these arrested believers and their families in the midst of the struggle. I ask that you sustain this peace and even grow it even if physical weariness sets in. Transform their inward beings in the suffering even unto death. And may more come to faith in Christ around them. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Father, thank you for the faithful witness of my brothers in India, Please continue to fill them with Your Spirit, love, joy and power to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please comfort and strengthen their wives and children and fill their families with Your peace that passes all understanding! May many souls be saved in India by their witness!
    Sarah H - USA
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