Police took family Bibles as "evidence" when they arrested Akhilesh.
Police took family Bibles as "evidence" when they arrested Akhilesh.
Jun. 06, 2024 | India

Pastor Perseveres After 44 Days in Jail

[153] prayers in [8] nations have been posted for Akhilesh.

Akhilesh led his family to faith in Christ after being physically healed through prayer. As others joined in their family worship and placed their faith in Christ, a church grew. Eventually, 2,000 people were meeting for worship during the week. A radical Hindu leader warned Akhilesh that he would face serious consequences if he did not close down the church, but they continued to meet. Then, in September 2022, police arrested Pastor Akhilesh for his gospel work and confiscated the family’s Bibles. During the pastor’s 44 days in jail, he led 11 people to follow Jesus Christ. After his release on bail, Pastor Akhilesh continued to meet with many of his congregants in small groups for prayer and teaching. “I will still continue serving the Lord … I am unstoppable,” Akhilesh said. “Jesus helped me realize his grace is enough for me. I, with my family, have learned to totally depend on him.” His criminal case is still under appeal.

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  • Lord I praise You for the faith and the courage of Akhilesh. I pray for the authorities trying to condemn him to hear how Jesus has changed his life and be won over in their own heart. I pray for the meetings he is having with congregants to be fruitful, full of love and truth, and abounding in hope. I pray for the needs of Akhilesh's family to be met
    Joy H - USA
  • In the Spirit name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Holy Spirit, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Akhilesh and family. We ask for a filing of Your Spirit, a hedge of protection, angels directly from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen.

    Gary F - USA
  • In Jesus Name we pray for our brothers & sisters around the world that are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus our Lord and as You Lord remember we are made of the dust and can do no thing without you John 15:5 strengthen each one with the power of Your Holy Spirit to overcome and continue in the faith & may no weapon formed against them prosper.
    barry p - USA
  • Jesus please give Akbilesh victory in all areas of his life. We ask this in jesus name. Thank you.
    Craig M - USA
  • In the name of Master Teacher Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Akhilesh. We ask for release, for blessing, a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Pastor Akhilesh and his fiery devotion to telling others about Jesus, even at the cost of jail. We pray that You would strengthen him and those he's led to Christ, that their faith will stand strong in the sea of persecution. May You be glorified through his trials and may he achieve success in his appeal. May the family have Bibles
    Lysander S - USA
  • Thank You for the great faith and gospel fruitfulness of Akhilesh and using him to proclaim Your marvelous light. I pray that he would continue to have a fruitful ministry and that his personal faith would strengthen and grow. May this criminal case be dismissed and his courage to serve You only increase.
    Danielle H - USA
  • FATHER GOD REVERSE THAT CRIMINAL CASE AND CONVICT THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF ALL HINDUS IN INDIA! May they all turn to You Lord Jesus! In Jesus Christ name Amen. And may Akhilesh continue in the boldness of the LORD doing Your good work! Him and his family are safe by you God! Amen and Amen
    Mariah D - USA
  • Dear brother in Christ- I pray for you everyday. I pray you will stand firm, stay joyful and hopeful because Jesus is coming back soon and everything associated with this life and its sin isn't going to matter. Our Saviour's word is final and we already have victory. With God's love.
    Susan R - USA
  • Heavenly Father,
    We thank You for the 11 people Pastor Akhilesh led to Christ- You worked in spite of him being in jail! Please turn the hearts of the Hindus, so that they can see You working, and that they will come to Christ. Please keep Pastor Akhilesh strong in You and let his family be safe and strong in You.

    In Him,
    Joel
    Joel C - USA
  • Thank you, Lord, for Akhilesh's strong faith, a faith that will not be moved by threat or persecution. None the less, I pray for him and for his family in this difficult time. Please guard, guide and protect Akhilesh from those who seek to do him harm and discredit his ministry. Bless him and his family with peace beyond understanding. Amen.
    Robyn P - USA
  • Thank you Lord for Pastor Akhilesh in India. May his bold faith inspire me to do more in my sphere of influence. May even his persecutors be convicted by his love for you and be won for the kingdom. Thank you for keeping him safe Lord. Amen
    Robert M - USA
  • In the resurrected name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Elohim Chay, Living God, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Aklihesh. We ask for his release, a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, Your Word does not return to You void, and Akhilesh is a prime example of how You accomplish this through Your faithful messenger. Grant Akhilesh favor in court so that he is innocent. May those he brings to faith in Jesus stand firmly in Your Word and be discipled to become faithful witnesses to others.
    Beth P - USA
  • Dear Father, I praise you for the boldness and faith of Akhilesh!! May all those who read his story be strong and courageous as he is, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Bless him in every way, and his family and may the church continue to grow. I pray for the many converts and followers of Christ because of this precious Pastor. In Jesus' Name!!
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Father, thank You that Pastor Akhilesh's ministry in prison was instrumental in leading other prisoners to a saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank You that Pastor Akhilesh's labors on behalf ofYou and Your Kingdom aren't dependent on his might or power, but are through the presence Jesus Christ, by the power of Your Holy Spirit.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for making Akhilesh effective and unstoppable in reaching others for Jesus. Please continue to open up and broaden the area of his ministry. May Your Spirit lead him to many whose hearts are ready to respond to the Gospel. May the new believers grow in knowledge and love for You. Provide for Akhilesh and his family.
    Jean S - Canada
  • Lord thank You for Akhilesh and his faith to follow You despite the persecution. Thank You for his leading prisoners to You while he was in jail and continuing to meet with believers in creative ways . Help their Bibles to be replaced so they can grow deeper in Your Word. Help justice to be served in his criminal case. Help him to continue serving You
    Cynthia H - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in India: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Specifically, bring radical Hindus, especially those who targeted Akhilesh, his family & his church, to repentance. Amen.

    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, how I give praise to You for the faith of our beloved brother Pastor Akhilesh. Despite great threats and persecution, he refused to reject His faith and trust in You. Instead he boldly proclaimed the Gospel leading others to You. Bless our dear brother for his faithfulness and enlarge his territory I pray in Yahusha's name. Thank You Abba!
    Yahleah M - USA
  • Our Father, continue to strengthen, and empower Akhilesh for his faith in You. May he continue to plant seeds in the hearts of those he encounters, and may those seeds bloom into believers who will, in turn, preach the good news of Jesus! In His name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in India: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Specifically, bring Hindu radicals, including those who targeted Akhilesh, his family & church, to repentance. Save all India. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord God, Thank you for Akhilesh. We know that his great ministry success has been your work and your gift but thank you for his faithfulness and diligence in it. Lord I pray that the Christian community there could continue to meet and to grow in depth and in numbers for the sake of your name.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Thank you Jesus for Ashilesh's faithfulness to you and the passion and spirit of truth you have put on this man. I pray you continue to bless his ministry and that many more will come to Christ. I pray protection for him and his family and I pray for the repentance and salvation of the Hindus in Jesus name I pray amen
    Eric D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in India: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Bring radical Hindus, including those who targeted Akhilesh, his family & church, to repentance. May all India be saved. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • O Lord, your grace is so evident in Akhilesh's life. Thank you for granting him such a strong faith and the gift of evangelism. May more in his sphere hear the gospel & repent to receive Jesus as the Christ who has come to save us. Grant him favor with his appeal of the criminal charges. May your name continue to be praised by the church he leads. Amen
    Diana F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in India: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Bring radical Hindus, including those who targeted Akhilesh, his family & his church, to repentance. May all India be saved. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, how awesome how Your son Akhilesh led several to YOu while in custody! May they all grow stronger in You through Your Word, & continue to share! May the confiscated Bibles go straight into the right hands that are searching for You. May YOur will be done re: the appeal in Your mighty Name. How awesome he knows He is "unstoppable" in You!!
    Lisa T - USA
  • Father God, I thank you for Akhilesh's faithfulness even while he was in jail. Thank you that he led the others to Christ. I pray that his life will be a testimony to God's goodness and faithfulness. I pray that the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ will continue to spread throughout India and draw many into your kingdom. Please help Akhilesh, amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in India: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Specifically, bring radical Hindus, including those who targeted Akhilesh, his family & his church, to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Am
    Lisa D - USA
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