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

[227] prayers in [21] 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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  • Father, continue to provide for and protect these dear believers. May they trust Jesus fully no matter what happens. Give them strength and courage each day. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Oh Lord Jesus Christ, so many people are in trouble and turmoil around the globe! Please ask The Father to close down this age quicker, please help and heal and protect and deliver all of Your people!
    christine s - USA
  • Lord, for this family who has experienced such persecution, we ask for your miraculous provision and protection. You are the Lord of Hosts and have all power to protect them. You are Jehovah Jireh and we trust you to provide. Please help them remain steadfast in their faith and pour out your blessing and favor on them, we pray.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Father, we lift this family before you and ask that You continue to guide the in how to endure during this time of persecution. Thank you for their strong faith and that they've chosen to stay and be a light in the darkness. May their testimony draw many villagers to saving faith. Multiply their seed and we praise You for accomplishing Your glory
    Gail M - USA
  • Que familia inspiradora, a gloria e toda tua Senhor, protege esta familia, protege os dos pagaos que rangem os dentes a eles, e mantem-nos firmes na fe no Deus vivo, em nome de Jesus te peco amen
    Duarte S - Portugal
  • Father, we thank You for the strong faith of Chanda and her love and care for her family. We ask that You will guard her and her family from harm. Be their Rock, their Shield and their Deliverer. Provide for their needs and send them encouragement to keep on keeping on and to cling to the faith. May the villagers turn toward Jesus in saving faith
    Gail M - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Hema, Chanda, and Manish and their willingness to follow Jesus even in the face of death threats. I pray that You would protect them from the forces of spiritual darkness and provide for all of their needs. May they experience peace beyond all understanding. May they be an encouragement to those around them and point other to You.
    Lysander S - USA
  • I hope and pray in Christ Jesus' name for a daily abundance of blessings, especially your Holy Spirit, wisdom, healing, restoration, love, grace, compassion, mercy, protection, deliverance, resiliance, and so much more. I hope and pray that things are going well and improving everyday. May God bless you, those around you and far away. Amen.
    Gabriel S - USA
  • Father, please bless, & protect Hema, & her children Chanda & Manish. Father India is increasingly hostile towards those choosing to worship Jesus Christ, & danger has come to this family in several ways. Father, we beg you to act on their behalf. Please open a door for thrm
    Jamie G - USA
  • ABBA FATHER, I pray for Hema, Chanda, and Manish, will remain faithful and true to YOU, JESUS! Protect them LORD, please, and provide a safe haven for all 3 of them, so that they can be together as a family. HOLY SPIRIT, fill them with your love, hope and joy, today and always! May they always know that YOU will never leave them nor forsake them. IJN!
    Michael V - USA
  • In the powerful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, El Shaddai, God Almighty, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of 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, You see this family in India and know of their suffering. Your Word says you will provide for your children. I place them in your hands and ask you to move on their behalf. I know they must miss Manish and want to be reunited. I pray you work a miracle, speak to the hearts of the villagers, open their eyes to the truth. In Jesus' name
    Polly C - USA
  • 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
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