You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.
– Psalm 10:17–18 (NIV-UK)
Dear Christian Friends
On 2 July, Hindu ultranationalists and police officers confronted a poor and uneducated tribal couple in Madhya Pradesh, India, because of their faith, and the husband was killed. A policeman shot Ramesh Vasuniya in the back, and he died from the injury.
“My husband and I were returning home from the market, 10km from our village,” relates Vaisha, “when some police officers stopped us at around 3pm. They made derogatory remarks about us worshipping the Lord Jesus and about us eating beef. [Cows are revered by Hindus.]
“The officers ordered us to go with them to the police station. We became frightened, and with our hands folded in front of us we begged them to let us go.
“One officer said, ‘OK, go – let’s see how far you get,’ and we started to walk away at a pace.
“I heard a loud bang and turned around to see my husband face-down on the ground with blood all over the back of his shirt. The men were laughing in the distance.
“My screams brought the attention of a passerby who rushed us to hospital, but it was too late: my husband was already dead.
“He was only 28 years old and my only thought was how to bring up our four children. Our youngest daughter is just three years of age.
“It has nowbeen two and a half months and we are still waiting for justice. I don’t know what God has planned for my life, but I am trying to put my trust in Him in this difficult time. I am privileged to have so many Christian brothers and sisters to pray for me.”
Vaisha and Ramesh had been married for 12 years and Vaisha is finding the loss of her husband in these circumstances very difficult to bear.
Please pray with us for Vaisha (aged 27) and her three boys – Diwan (10), Kaalia (6), Devaa (4) and one daughter Seema (3):
• For special grace and comfort at this time of great grief and insecurity
• That the Lord will be a husband to Vaisha and a father to her sons and daughter
• For the education of the children as Open Doors helps Vaisha locate the right place
• That justice will be delivered to this dear family, as Open Doors seeks to provide Vaisha with a good livelihood option.
Thank you for praying with us.