December 2, 2003 (Gospel for Asia) -- GFA native missionary Pastor Chandra was recently arrested by Orissa police on charges of baptizing five new believers. Fourteen other missionaries there also face persecution and imprisonment under the Orissa government's anti-conversion legislation, which requires permission from a local government official for anyone wanting to change his religion.
By God's grace, Pastor Chandra has planted two fellowships of believers in areas previously unreached with the Gospel. Pray God protects and encourages this faithful brother in Christ. Intercede also for the 14 other missionaries enduring opposition as they spread the Gospel. Praise God for how He is at work in Orissa.
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