Persecuted on a Train
Gospel for Asia
are a common way to travel in India. Arun was attacked while sharing
the Gospel with a passenger on a train.
(ANS) -- As
the train pulled out of the station and bumped down the track, Gospel
for Asia native missionary Arun Brajendra found his seat. Striking up a
conversation with another passenger, he saw an opportunity to share the
love of Jesus. So, with a Gospel booklet in his hand, he began
outlining the steps to becoming a follower of Christ. Little did he
know that he was about to pay a great price for obeying the Lord's call
on his life.
Arun grew up in a nominal Christian
in August of 2007 he wholeheartedly gave his life to the Lord. He soon
answered a call on his life to full-time ministry and left his secular
job to travel with an evangelistic group across India.
this time, Arun read an article about missionary Graham Stanes and his
two sons who were burned to death by anti-Christian extremists.
Challenged by this missionary's dedication, Arun felt the Lord calling
him to serve regardless of the cost. So, he enrolled in Bible college
to further prepare himself for ministry.
Following graduation from the GFA Bible
Arun went to serve in Haryana, India. As he boarded the train that day,
Arun looked for someone who needed Christ. He began discussing the
Gospel message with the person sitting next to him.
|Tearing his clothes and destroying his Gospel
literature, the extremists kept attacking Arun until he fell to the
Out of nowhere, some of the other
passengers jumped up and began beating Arun. They were anti-Christian
extremists and had been listening in on his conversation. Tearing his
clothes and destroying his Gospel literature, the extremists kept
attacking Arun until he fell to the floor unconscious. As the group was
ready to throw him off the train, another passenger came to his rescue.
After a few days rest, Arun became
well enough to continue his ministry. Although he was badly injured in
the attack, his resolve to reach the lost was only strengthened. Since
the attack, Arun has faced more opposition along the way. However, he
counts it a blessing to be able to suffer for the name of Jesus to be
proclaimed. Through perseverance in his ministry, Arun recently started
a church where 40 people now regularly worship.
Arun requests prayer that more people
will come to know Jesus as he shares the Gospel message with those who
have never heard it before. GFA field leaders also ask for prayer for
protection for Arun and his new wife as they serve in an area where
many are opposed to Christianity.