Christians in India often lose access to community resources, such as water and communal pastures for livestock.
Christians in India often lose access to community resources, such as water and communal pastures for livestock.
May. 11, 2023 | India

Christian Family Rejected by Village

[215] prayers in [20] nations have been posted for Hema, Chanda, and Manish.

In the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh State, India, Christians face increasing pressure and violence for following Christ. Hema; her 16-year-old daughter, Chanda; and her 13-year-old son, Manish, are the only believers in their village since coming to faith in Christ two years ago. Village neighbors repeatedly tried to force them to reconvert to Hinduism, but they remained strong in the Lord, so the village excommunicated them. They are cut off from the village water supply and cannot graze their cattle on common fields. Threats were even made against Manish’s life. Chanda went to the police to seek protection and get her brother out of the village to safety. She and her mother remain in the village. Chanda said, “As long as I live, I will follow Jesus.” Pray for this family’s protection, encouragement and faith.

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  • Our Father, provide for Hema, Chanda, and Manish as their Good Shepherd. Protect them from those who want to hurt them. Give them strength to endure. May others come to know Jesus as their Savior as they see this family remain faithful to You. In Jesus name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. As we have prayed for India in our prayer group, I lift up those prayers again here. You have protected. You have provided. No weapon fashion against them shall prosper. I believe You will protect them. I believe Your Life will save those around them. You are faithful. In Jesus' Gracious Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Lord I praise You for the strength of Hema and her family and I pray that she would remain rooted in You and seek Your glory. I ask for protection for them and for them to be able to provide for themselves and have all they need. I pray for hope to hold them and for Your face to shine upon them and give them surpassing peace.
    Joy H - USA
  • In the wisdom of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Omniscient God, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Hema, Chanda, Manish and family. We ask for grace, for wisdom, a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Thank You for the example of this courageous family who love You and are committed to follow You despite the risk. Thank you for allowing the 12 year-old son to escape to a place of safety. We ask You to provide for Hema and Chanda as they are cut off from the resources of the village. Use their strong testimony to cause people to wonder why they stay
    Toni D - USA
  • In the saving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Savior, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You that Jesus is High Priest, Mediator and Savior for Hema, Chanda and Manish. We ask for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father God I pray for our brothers and sisters that you keep them from harm and let your hand be with them. Help them Lord. i ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Hema, her daughter Chanda & her son Manish: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring their village neighbors to repentance & saving faith. I praise You for this family's faith! In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord watch over and protect Hema, Chandra and Manish as they remain steadfast in the faith against a tide of hatred. Let them show your love to those who persecute them. May they find forgiveness and peace in their hearts. Bring the unbelievers to your love and light. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
    Judith B - USA
  • Father, Praise you for the faith of believers in India! Thank you for Chanda's boldness to protect her brother. Strengthen Hema and Chanda as they face persecution. May they find fellowship with other believers. May they have access to your Word and teaching. Please provide for their water and livelihood. May they trust in you and not worry.
    Laurie P - USA
  • O Merciful Father, We pray for the wellbeing & safety of Your young Christian family in India. Give Hema, Chanda & Manish the courage to carry on growing in the faith of our Lord & Saviour. Help them to be such an example of Christian love & productive citizens that they are embraced by their community doing Your will always. In Jesus holy name, Amen!
    Robert C - Canada
  • Praise You Father for the strong faith of these believers and their commitment to live out their faith before their village in such trying circumstances. May their unyielding to pressure influence at least some to seek the Christ and may much fruit be borne for Your glory.
    Gail M - USA
  • Father, I pray for safety for this family in India. Help them persevere and let their testimony of faith in Christ be a witness to all around them. In Jesus name, amen.
    Nancy H - USA
  • Lord, I pray for Hema, Chanda, and Manish that you would keep them safe, that you would give them courage to stand in their faith, for Jesus, regardless of the threats. But I do ask God for your protection, and for angels around them, and for the peace of God to be in their hearts Jesus name amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • In the name of the Lord Jesus..your super natural protection a n d provision for this servant family of the Lord.
    Joetta G - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that You would strengthen this family and provide a place where they can live together again. May they have Christian community and be encouraged through the teaching and fellowship of Your people; may they know that they are not alone. I pray that their faith would result in many more souls repenting before You.
    Danielle H - USA
  • God, we praise You for this faith, and ask that You sustain it; that even here, You would give Your peace. We pray You keep all three safe, and that You reunite them soon. We ask that their love for You, the Truth and the Way, would turn their village's hearts to You. We ask that You provide food and water for them and for their cattle. We ask for help
    Kesse R - USA
  • Thank You Lord, for Hema, Chanda, and Manish and their willingness to follow You no matter the cost. Please continue to provide for them despite the persecution they suffer in their village. Please protect them and give them encouragement and faith to stand strong. Help others to see You in them and come to faith including the authorities. In Jesus
    Cynthia H - USA
  • Dear Father in Heaven, please bless Hema and her children to have the joy of winning other villagers to Christ. May they have fellowship in their sufferings and overcome all hardship and loss. May they feel your presence and protection in times like of peril and uncertainty. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Teresa P - Korea, South
  • Father, all praises to You for drawing this precious family to You! May they be reunited if that is YOur will. TY for helping them to remember they are under the shadow of Your wing, and they are hidden in Christ. May they be filled with joy & be surrounded with loving believers, as they gain strength with them. TY for provision IJN.
    Lisa T - USA
  • Oh Jesus, please protect this precious family- they are precious to You! You have saved them and called them your very own. Please meet their needs and send them encouragement and connections to their large Kingdom family. Please fill their hearts with your love, to drive out all fear. Please give them work, food and shelter, and a felt sense of safety
    Margaret M - USA
  • Heavenly Father, please protect Hema and her family from further persecution. I pray that You will supply ALL of their needs. May they find fellowship with other Christians in Jesus name.
    Rosalind T - USA
  • Father please protect Hema, Chanda and Manish from evil and harm. Let their voices be heard and accepted by their Hindu neighbors. Take away the fear from the Hindus and open their hearts, minds and souls to you Jesus. Take them out of the darkness and use Hema, Chanda and Manish to bring your kingdom to India. Thank you for these beautiful children.
    Laurie T - USA
  • Lord, you obviously have done a saving work in this family's life so in you I praise! As you enable Hema, Chanda and Manish to stand in their devotion to you, Lord Jesus, may the villagers take notice and turn to Christ themselves. Protect, encourage and strengthen this family daily. You are their sustainer and ours as well. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Help this family remain faithful and steadfast in the faith. Provide for their every need and keep them safe . Keep them healthy and give them a new home and village.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for Hema, Chanda and Manish. I lift them up to you. I ask that you meet all of their needs for food, housing, water, medical care and school. Protect them from those that seek to destroy them and give them opportunities to share their love for Jesus to any willing to listen. Change the hearts of the villagers to seek Jesus.
    Maria D - USA
  • Loving Father, pour your compassion on Hema Chanda Manish. Take care of their each and every need. Remove anxiety and fear. And let your Peace overflow in them. Be a wall of fire around them.
    Anoint them overflowing with your sweet Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen them
    Change their enemies into their friends.
    And restore them whatever they lost.
    max d - India
  • Father God, I pray that you will protect Chanda and her family and provide for their needs. Lord, I ask that you would remain faithful to them and strengthen them in their distress. Show them your awesome promises and comfort them. I pray for the villagers, that their hearts would be softened to receive the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Amen
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Hema & her children, Chanda & Manish: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring others in their village to repentance & faith. May the threats against them end. I praise You for this family! In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Heavenly Father watch over Hema, Chanda, and Manish let them know Your encouragement, Your comfort, and Your peace. I pry the village will see You in their lives and want to know You as they do. Thank You for the love and faith they have for You and in You. In Jesus' Holy Name I Pray. Amen.
    Warren W - USA
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