The Key to Revival
1 ... And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.
"We received the following report from eyewitnesses: On the night of December 30, 1998, about 300 men belonging to the Hindu militant groups arrived at Jarsol village in trucks and set the church building on fire. Then the believers were dragged out of their homes and beaten mercilessly with thick sticks, rods, bicycle chains, and swords and told to renounce Jesus. When they refused to do so, the mob got even more violent and badly injured many of the believers."
"We met with these people the same day this happened. We asked them 'Do you still trust Jesus in spite of all these things?' they were quick to reply, 'No matter what has happened, we will never stop following Jesus.' ..."
"These kind of attacks continue regularly. Christianity is spreading into northern India. The apostle Thomas is said to have brought Christianity to southern India 2,000 years ago, but the church's influence thins in the central regions.
"Christian evangelists are bringing the gospel to these areas for the first time. These areas are Hindu political and spiritual strongholds, so the persecution is greater. Workers are constantly told to leave or be killed. Leaders have a price on their heads from anti-Christian groups.
"A day after Graham [an Australian missionary for 33 years] and his sons were martyred, TSM director, Guine Anderson sent us the following report from Chennai, India:
"We saw between 120,000-150,000 people gather every night in a mass crusade to hear preaching about the saving, healing and delivering power of Jesus Christ. Literally tens of thousands responded by giving their lives to Jesus. Thousands were healed of physical illness throughout the crowd.' ..."
"Another reporter said, 'Hundreds of tribal people in a section of northern India are becoming Christians through the efforts of evangelists. The area is known for violent tribal clashes. It is the greatest revival we know of at this time.'"
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