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The Word for Today

What can I do?

‘To set at liberty those who are oppressed’ Luke 4:18 NKJV The United Nations estimates that as many as 2 million children and young people are exploited in the worldwide sex trade every year – that’s four every minute. Can you imagine what the governments of the world would do if a city of two million people [...]

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Weathering the seasons

‘For everything there is a season.’ Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT When God gives you a vision, be prepared because with every vision comes a sacrifice. The road to triumph is full of tests and trials. But God has promised that there will be a harvest: ‘Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep [...]

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Religious Violence In India’s Manipur State Continues Unabated

A wave of anti-Christian violence is continuing unabated in the remote state of Manipur in northeast India. That's according to local believers who contacted 'Premier Christian News." They reported that villages and churches of Christian hill tribes are still being burned down. Many fear for their lives and hide in the jungle at night. The majority Hindu community is behind the attacks which were sparked by a hill tribes protest against plans to give Hindus special benefits. More than 500 Christians have been killed and hundreds of churches and homes have been destroyed in recent weeks 45-thousand believers have been displaced and forced into camps. Minority Christians from the same tribe as the Hindus have suffered the worst persecution. The Archbishop of Canterbury has lamented violent attacks on indigenous tribal Christians in north-eastern India. Archbishop Justin Welby said he was "distressed" by the reports of violence coming out of Manipur state in recent weeks. Writing on Twitter, the Archbishop said he was praying that "justice and peace would prevail" in the region. The violence, carried out by Hindu nationalists, has killed dozens and displaced around 10,000 people, mostly Christians. Many churches and buildings belonging to Christians have also been destroyed. The Archbishop said he was praying "that regional authorities would protect all minority groups, including Christians and their places of worship, and that justice and peace would prevail". Open Doors last week shared reports from Christian partners on the ground fear that the violence will lead to a civil war. They have expressed disappointment at what they see as a lack of action by the Indian government and local authorities to quell the violence. According to Open Doors, at least 300 churches have been burned or demolished and 1,000 Christian homes have been destroyed in Manipur in the last few weeks. The NGO is providing support to Christians caught up in the violence but has warned that conditions are "grim", and many are still fearing for their lives. "If the situation continues civil war is inevitable," said an Open Doors partner who cannot be named for security reasons. "If there is a civil war the situation will only become more gruesome, more lives lost, properties destroyed and further open persecution of religious minorities."