Christianity

Desperate for Water

Persecution does not always mean imprisonment or torture. Christians can be persecuted in other ways as well. An example of that is what the ‘Voice of the Martyrs’ tells us on their website about Christians in the state Odisha, India. Hindu villagers make it extremely difficult for Christians to get water from the community well. This forces them to find their water elsewhere, which sometimes means they have to walk for 10 km a day, and have to be satisfied with substandard water. This carries with it the risk of using contaminated water and contracting diseases.

Voice of the Martyrs has funded the construction of new wells, but again, Hindu radicals are trying to disrupt the work.

Wherever the work does get done and a well is dug, the Christians acknowledge God’s blessings and offer the use of the well to their Hindu neigbours as well, which gives an opportunity to evangelise the community.

It is often how Christians respond to persecution, that may win others for Christ. Christ left us an example, as we read in 1 Peter 2:21-23: Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.