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But because of the coronavirus pandemic that has led to a lockdown in India, these believers can no longer get their daily necessities elsewhere. We asked Open Doors’ local partners, pastor Samuel* and sister Heena*, how Christians—especially those in rural areas—are doing in the midst of this brutal pandemic and lockdown.
Persecuted Christian Minorities Around the World are at Heightened Risk Due to a Wave of Conspiracy Theories Blaming them for the Spread of COVID-19
“It’s distressing to hear of the blaming of Christians for the Covid-19 pandemic in places where the Body of Christ is already under immense pressure,” says Jo Newhouse, spokesperson for Open Doors, who work to support and speak up for persecuted Christians around the world.
“This season of the coronavirus pandemic is a very uncertain and difficult time for the persecuted church in our region in many ways. Your prayer is the most effective weapon to reach out to the heart of the persecuted believers wherever they are and in whichever condition they are.
“In the midst of these coronavirus challenges and this situation, the attacks on Christians have not stopped… Therefore, we want to ask you to stand with us in prayer and support that we can continue to serve the persecuted Body of Christ, even in these very difficult times that we are all passing through.”
In the slums of India, where many of the country’s Christians live, the congregations are very poor and earn each day what they need to survive. “Most church members are daily wage laborers,” says Rahul*, an Open Doors partner in the region. “No work for the day means no food for the day. The pastors’ families are suffering the most.”
Your gifts and prayers help these persecuted believers know the presence of their worldwide church family, standing by them as they disproportionately suffer the effects of coronavirus and the lockdown. This is a pandemic that is impacting every nation in the world, to a greater or lesser extent. Official response, and the likelihood of Christians receiving aid, differs in each country.