I was heading to the doctor’s office this morning and was listening to Life 100.3 on the radio. The announcer,Tim Maassarany, told this heart wrenching story as part of a program segment called, Beyond the Comfort Zone.
The Urawn family in India has endured persecution from local villagers ever since they accepted Christ 10 years ago. Recently though, the persecution led to a very tragic end for one family member.
The Christian Post reports that Bartu Urawn and his wife were grabbed by village members, who tied their hands together. The couple were then forced to stand neck-deep in a freezing cold pond from 5pm until 10am – 17-hours. When they were finally pulled out of the water, the villagers then began to beat them severely. Bartu died from that beating.
The couple’s son Beneswar was also forced to watch the entire, torturous ordeal, and the eventual death of his father. The villagers wouldn’t let him bury his father in town – he, along with four friends, had to carry his father 6 miles out of town to lay him to rest.
Let’s remember to pray for the Urawns and all of our brothers and sisters in India.
What do we do as Christians when we hear such horrendous stories of people who are so persecuted for their faith? Something deep within me was so disturbed by the story that I pulled over to the side of the road.
I sat in my car and stayed with my feelings. I tried to imagine the anguish of this man’s son as he watched his parents being beaten. I felt such a deep sadness for those who hate.
And I wept.
And then I came home and spent a couple of hours learning more about Christian persecution. I have always known that Christians in areas with severe religious restrictions pay a heavy price for their faith. But today, I felt such a heaviness in my heart as I read about beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and death.
Two good websites to check out are:
Lord, may I never read or listen to reports such as this one today and feel nothing.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12.26