Pastor Sawan was chained to a hospital bed while he was sick.
Pastor Sawan was chained to a hospital bed while he was sick.
Dec. 15, 2022 | India

Pastor in Chains After Being Taken "for Questioning"

[233] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Pastor Sawan.

Pastor Sawan leads a church in western India. During a service, police entered the church building with members of the radical Hindu group Bajrang Dal, removing Pastor Sawan and an elder of the church “for questioning.” When the two men were not released, other members of the church, including Pastor Sawan’s wife and son, went to the police station and were also detained. Most remained in jail for a month. Six were released, but Pastor Sawan remained because a member of the Bajrang Dal falsely claimed that the pastor had tried to convert him and threatened his life. When Pastor Sawan became sick in prison, he was transferred to a government hospital for a week and chained to his bed. All families involved have faced enormous legal costs and increased pressure from the arrests.

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  • LORD, may this man experience Your comfort for the grievous persecution he faces. I pray he has since been released according to Your will & purpose in his life. May his witness bring many to search the A1611 Bible and come to a place of repentance unto the remission of sins by Your increase in bringing them into Your body. In LORD Jesus Christ's name
    Devin C - USA
  • Father God, break every chain that binds Pastor Sawan and his church and bring every evil instrument of oppression and debt to nothing in Jesus' Name! Cause the Pastor to find remarkable favor with a key authority who releases him from prison and debts. Use satellite TV to soften hearts of vast multitudes of Algerians to the gospel unto salvation. Amen
    Danae V - USA
  • For Pastor Sawan, we ask for comfort and hope, peace, health, and strength. For all believers in India, we ask for your protection from those who oppose them, and courage to continue to share the truth despite the persecution they receive. May they stand firm on your promises and find peace in the hope of eternal life with you, Jesus.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Oh Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ, these people are in turmoil, and they need Your help, and they need Your presence, they need Your comfort!
    christine s - USA
  • Father, please intervene for pastor Sawan and bring healing and financial restoration to cover their expenses. Fill each church member with comforting grace and your Spirit's courage to share Christ's love as you move in the hearts of Hindus causing so much unrest.
    Barry P - USA
  • Our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus, I pray for comfort, peace, and protection for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We can take comfort that the Lord is working. He is in control and His Will will be done. We can only plant the seed, the Lord will reap the harvest. We will continue to pray. Stand firm, Jesus is coming soon!
    Susan R - USA
  • Lord, please be with Pastor Sawan. Strengthen him and encourage him. Let him be your light in the darkness.

    In Jesus Name,

    Michael S - USA
  • Father, I pray for my brother Pastor Sawan. Please have mercy on him and release him from prison and heal his body. Please bless and protect his family and his church members. Please bring justice to the situation and salvation to the persecutors. Please restore what the enemy has stolen here in the mighty name of Jesus, amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Lord, I lift Paster Sawan up to You. I pray against discouragement. Father God, I pray for a spirit of power and of love a peace and courage for him and his family. I pray for You to be glorified in his life. And I thank You for his brethren who are surrounding him and encouraging him. I pray Lord for the salvation of his persecutors. In Jesus name
    Lori L - USA
  • Father, we thank You for the strong faith of Pastor, his family and their church family and their support for one another. We pray that these charges will be dropped against him and that You will comfort him and those around him. We also ask that Bajrang Dal will see the love of Christ in these believers lives and desire to know why and Who is Lord.
    Gail M - USA
  • In the glorious name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Sawan. We praise You he appies Your Word. We ask for his release, a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that You would work on behalf of this man and bring truth to light. May he be released and receive the medical care that he needs. I pray that his wife and family would be strengthened and hold to Your promises as they wait and suffer, and that these believers would see Your provision in the physical costs of this persecution.
    Danielle H - USA
  • O God, we lift up to you these your dear children who are being persecuted. Strengthen their faith and grant them grace to persevere. May the eyes of those who persecuted them be opened to saving knowledge of Jesus by the joy your children express. Heal those with physical ailments. Grant increase to your Word in their lives. In Jesus name Pat US
    Patricia S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for these precious believers, and Pastor Sawan and family. Thank You that You go before them and fight their battles. Please help truth to reign and justice to be done. Please encourage them in your word, and that you will be glorified.
    In Jesus,
    Lis S - USA
  • Father God, I bring before the throne of grace in prayer your servant Pastor Sawan. I pray for healing and restoration. Surely the Lord will deliver him from the snare of the fowler. I ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • O Father, You have told us to weep with those who weep, and our hearts are heavy for the burdens that these brothers and sisters are now bearing. Yet we also know that You are the Good Shepherd, and You know how best to care for Your flock. So we ask You to provide all they need - release, finances, healing, material provision, peace, joy and comfort.
    Toni D - USA
  • Father, we intercede for our Indian brother, Pastor Sawann, and ask for Your divine intervention as he faithfully follows Your Son and His teachings. We ask for Your healing presence as Pastor Sawann encounters sickness and deprivation while imprisoned. Encourage Pastor Sawann when he feels lonely or abandoned, and help Him to keep His focus on Jesus.
    Patrick V - USA
  • In the name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Who creates all things new, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Sawam. We ask for his release, a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to him. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I pray especially for our brother in Christ, Pastor Sawan. May his health be restored. Give him your peace and courage and may he be released. And for the families involved may there be assistance with legal costs as well as confidence in facing tremendous pressure. Amen
    Steve P - USA
  • Father, may these brave believers "serve the Lord with great humility and with tears, especially in the trials that come upon them through the plots of the Hindus. May they not shrink back from declaring the gospel publicly." (Acts 20:29) "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matt 5:10
    Lynne J - USA
  • Father God, as the gospel is preached and people are saved, I ask that you reveal the wickedness of every false religion that chooses violence over the truth. May they repent and turn to Jesus. Please heal and help Pastor Sawan and all believers in India being oppressed and attacked. Convict the wicked. Jesus is the way, the truth, and life eternal!
    Kathy G - USA
  • Abba these Hindu radicals ar now beginning to pay for the crimes against your sons and daughters. Their sin has found them out. There is chaos in India causing many Hindu to fear for their life. God open their eyes to see the face of Our beloved Saviour & know He is our God who died for our sins. do not permit them to die in their sins & go to hell.
  • Gracious Father God, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done where Pastor Sawan was trying to serve You. Clearly there is much opposition to the will of God there, but You are much greater than Your foes. Please give Pastor Sawan and his family the strength to endure this trial. Give provision for all their needs and Holy Spirit power to shine Your light.
    Jean S - Canada
  • Father, I pray for Pastor Sawan, my heart breaks for him being chained to his bed. Please give Him peace that only you can Jesus, let those in that hospital see the Light of Jesus and be set free from this evil. I pray for all the others to continue to persevere despite this persecution. In Jesus name, amen.
    Nancy H - USA
  • Lord, thank you because you said, if you forgive men their trespasses, so will you heavenly Father forgive you of your trespasses. Lord, we ask that Christ will be glorified in Pastor Sawan, whether ny life or by death. But Lord, let Him bring forth much fruit and love not his life unto death. Heal him for your Glory. In Jesus Name. Amen
    Sharon-David A - United Kingdom
  • Lord, I thank you for the faith of pastor Sawan and his family. I pray that you would continue to provide for his expenses and comfort him in his time of need. Please grant him peace as he faces an uncertain future. In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Heavenly Father we pray for Your protection and provision for Pastor Sawan and his family and congregation during this difficult time. We ask for his release and recovery as well as for others detained for their faith in You. May those who come against these our brothers and sisters, be saved and join them in worshipping You. In Jesus' name Amen.
    Marita J - USA
  • In the name of Light of the World, Jesus, our heavenly Father, Creator of Light, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Sawan. We ask for release, a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven surround and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, we look to you today and lift up Pastor Saran and all the Christians in India. Please help their focus on You be their hope for the life You have planned for them. Allow them to be a huge influence in the community attracting many to find out about the gospel and give their lives to Jesus as their Lord and Savior! Amen!!!
    Donna H - USA
  • Father, I lift up Pastor Sawan to You. I pray You will fill his heart with compassion towards his captors and give him boldness to speak Your name and that Your word will go forth. I pray his heart will be encouraged and full of joy. In Jesus's name, amen
    Teresa V - USA
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