Thursday, 14 July 2011

Haters of Good

We  are  living  in  a  very  violent  world. Hatred, like  garbage is  strewn across the  earth  invading  our  lives  and consciousness with its  stench  and disruption.

I  awoke to  news  of  different  kinds  of  violence.
Three  serial  bomb  blasts  in Mumbai , yesterday July 13th and a  news report of  an innocent  Pastor and  his  wife  being  beaten up and persecuted  for the  sake  of  Christ, in  the western part of  my  state.

In  the  evening I had  to  stand  up  to verbal resistance  from  Jags who is  our  church helper. He  is  a  good   man  but   suffers  bad  moods . I  try to overlook this  as he  does   a  lot  of  good.

All  this   disturbed  me  quite  a  bit  but   along   came  Milka (Pastor 's  daughter) who  wanted  my  help  with  her  English  assignments, letter  writing  and  a news  report. That  eased  my  mind.

She  told  me  something which  really  amused   me. Two  days  ago I  helped  her  with another  English  assignment. Her teacher was  so  pleased  with it  that  she  dictated it  to  the  entire   class  to  note  down. Har-har!
Coming back to what  I  was   writing  about .The  devil  is  not  at  rest  my  friends. He is  assaulting  the  earth in many  forms be  it terrorism,   angry  blood thirsty  mobs or  a  subordinate whom  you  have  to  deal  with  everyday.

The  Bible  gives a very  accurate  account to  today' s  world .

1But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money,proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. 2  Timothy 3;1-5

Read  these  2  news  reports.  The  first one  is  from  the  BBC

Three near-simultaneous explosions have shaken India's commercial capital

Mumbai (Bombay), police say,
Twenty-one people were killed and 113 injured, said Maharashtra state's Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan
He called the explosions, during Mumbai's busy evening rush-hour, "a co-ordinated attack by terrorists"
One explosion was reported in the Zaveri Bazaar, another in the Opera House business district and a third in Dadar district in the city centre.

Police sources were reported as saying the explosions were caused by home-made bombs.

The attacks are the deadliest in Mumbai since November 2008 when 10 gunmen launched a three-day co-ordinated raid in which 166 people were killed  

At the scene
Zubair Ahmed
BBC News, Mumbai

Dadar is one of the old areas of Mumbai, in the middle of the city. The blast here happened in a very crowded area with lots of shops and residential buildings.
The blast here was not powerful. Police have said the explosion in Zaveri Bazaar was stronger.

Police say the timing of the blast - 1900 - is significant. This was the height of the evening rush hour - it was designed to cause maximum panic and casualties.
One person asked why Mumbai is always the target of attacks.
However, many of the people gathered here now are merely onlookers curious to see what has happened. People have come from nearby areas to see what is going on.
There is no evidence of real panic here
But in other parts of the city, the story is grimmer. There is panic and people are rushing back home.

Anger and curiosity in Mumbai

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denounced the bombings and appealed to Mumbai residents "to remain calm and show a united face".

US President Barack Obama strongly condemned the "outrageous" attacks, and offered "support to India's efforts to bring the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice".

High alert

The latest explosions hit the city as workers were making their way home.

The first struck the Zaveri Bazaar at 1854 (1324 GMT), tearing through the famed jewellery market, according to police. A minute later, a second blast hit the busy business district of Opera House, in the south of the city. At 1905, the third bomb exploded in the Dadar area of central Mumbai.

Because the explosions occurred within minutes of each other, "we infer that this was a co-ordinated attack by terrorists", Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told reporters.

Mumbai had been put on a state of high alert and a commando team was standing by, he said. Delhi, the capital, Calcutta and several other cities have also been put on alert.

Forensics teams have been sent from Delhi and Hyderabad to examine the explosion sites.

The majority of Mumbai's people live in slums, and millions live on the streets. This cannot make for a very happy place and the city's 'resilient spirit' has now become the cruellest Indian cliche

Soutik Biswas
BBC News, Delhi
The authorities have not yet said who they believe might be behind the explosions and no group has said it carried them out.

In Zaveri Bazaar, witnesses described a motorcycle exploding next to a jewellery shop. Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik said a bomb had been left in an abandoned umbrella.

Photographer Rutavi Mehta told the BBC he was shopping nearby and heard the explosion. He grabbed his camera and ran to the scene.

"I took a couple of photographs. I think they might be too graphic for broadcast," he said.

"Bodies and limbs were strewn everywhere. People were crying and screaming. The area was packed with shoppers at the time of the blast. A few offered assistance to the blood-soaked victims, while others looked on in a state of shock," he said.

"It was totally chaos. There were pools of blood everywhere."

The second and most powerful blast was in the nearby Opera House district. Local media said it was planted inside the two-storey Prasad Chamber building.

Mumbai has been targeted many times in recent years, most notably in 2008 In the central Dadar district, the bomb tore apart a taxi that was parked next to a bus stop, witnesses told the BBC. It was unclear whether the explosives were planted inside the vehicle or in a nearby electricity meter box.

"I heard a loud explosion. And then I saw people with serious injuries lying in pools of blood," another person told the Times of India.

An unexploded bomb was also reportedly been found in Dadar.

The choice of locations makes it clear that the blasts were intended to cause maximum casualties, says the BBC's Soutik Biswas in Delhi.
But footage of one of the blast sites - a ripped-off cover of a bus shelter and a car with its glass shattered - points to a medium-level and possibly crude explosion, adds our correspondent.

According to some reports, the blasts came on the birthday of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the sole surviving gunman from the 2008 attacks. But court records show his birthday to be in September.

Those attacks, which targeted two high-end hotels, a busy train station, a Jewish centre and other sites frequented by foreigners, were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.

Pakistan was quick to condemn the latest explosions, in a statement issued by the foreign ministry.
Peace talks between Pakistan and India have only recently resumed since they were broken off after the 2008 attacks.
Mumbai has been targeted many times in recent years.

As well as the 2008 attacks, co-ordinated blasts on seven of the city's trains on 11 July 2006 caused massive loss of life. More than 180 people were killed and hundreds wounded in those bombings, which were blamed on Islamist militants.

The city suffered four bomb attacks during 2003, including twin blasts on 25 August 2003 which killed 52 people.

In 1993, 257 people were killed and 700 injured in a series of 12 bomb blasts across the city. The attacks were allegedly ordered by the Muslim-dominated underworld in retaliation for Hindu-Muslim riots.

July 13, 2011:

Pastor, Wife Beaten in Uttar Pradesh

On 3 July, an angry mob accused Pastor John C.V Samuel from Assembly of
God's Church (AGC) of forceful conversion, beat him up and his wife in
Manpuri, Uttar Pradesh
The incident took place when Pastor Samuel, his wife and some believers went
to attend the burial service of Anil Saxena, who attended Pastor Samuel's
church for the past two years. Saxena committed suicide on Saturday night
after he had an argument with his father, reported our correspondent.
The angry mob suddenly rushed on the pastor and his wife, mercilessly beat
them up and falsely accused them of forceful conversion and of being the
cause of Saxena's death.

Saxena's wife intervened and told the mob that they went to the church by
their own free will and nobody has forced them.
The pastor's wife called the police by phone. The police arrived at the
scene and rescued the couple from the angry mob and took them to the
Pushpanjali Hospital, Agra where they were admitted.

Area Christian leaders submitted a police complaint but no actions have been
taken at press time.

Kindly pray for Pastor Samuel and his family and for peace in the area

An Appeal to write to Authorities

As concerned people, kindly write to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
appealing to them to safe guard the rights of the minority communities and
to give protection to churches against attacks and to take immediate action
against the perpetrators of violence.

Kumari Mayawati
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
(O) Tel: (522) 2239296
(O) Fax: (522) 2239234
(R) Tel: (522) 221122
(R) Fax: (522) 220550

Issued By:
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,
General Secretary
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India
Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of
World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social
Council of the United Nations
Please  pray  for  me.

9 Fertilize my soul:

Terra said...

Amrita, I pray for you to have peace, for yourself and for your neighbors, and healing for the injured. How sad that the minister and his wife were accused and beaten. These are troubled times, you are right.
I hope you find lots of good moments today, helping students and otherwise.

David C Brown said...

"Jehovah, the maker of heavens and earth, bless thee out of Zion", Psalm 134: 3.

I think the verses in 2 Timothy 3 give us a guide for exactly what not to be!

Trish said...

Dear Amrita...I saw this on the news and immediately thought of you. I am praying for you my sister.

Anonymous said...

I've been praying for you also..for protection and faith...the whole world seems to be working itself into something, doesn't it? just as the scripture says....amazing and terrifying times to live in but just think...we may be living when He returns to this earth..may we be so worthy...

John Cowart said...

Hi Amrita,

The appalling events of July 13th do indeed reveal the devil at work. Violence fills the earth.

Yet people long for peace.

And, to top it all off, the conflict with your worker must be upsetting.

I am glad you are there in the midst of chaos to provide stability and witness. The Lord has put you in that difficult place and He will keep your soul safe no matter what goes on around you.


John Cowart

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
I read this on the Norwegian Internet. They said Muslims took "responsibility"
for the killings.
This is sad and appalling.I pray for Pastor Samuel and his family and for the congregation as well.
I pray for my dear Indian Sister Amrita and her family. May God let his angels stay guard around you day and night.
From Felisol

Mari Nuñez said...

Amirita, this is so sad. Like the verse in Timothy, says ..people will become - treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.... this all is true!

My prayers for your country, the pastor and his wife and you.

Hugs always,

Nadwrażliwiec said...

I came back from camp and I'm really tired, but I read this post... It showed me that persecutions are real. The time of Coming of Jesus is near. I will write more later (in this moment in Poland there is night).
I greet You very heartly and we all from camp thank You for Your prayers!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Yes, evil is so prevalent in the world today and acts of terrorism and religious persecutions are so widespread. Surely we must hold on to the Lord that we will be spared of all these evil happening in the world today. Yes, I will pray for you although I do not know for what purpose you are asking for prayers. The Lord knows everything. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.