This from the Times online:
“Extremist Hindu groups offered money, food and alcohol to mobs to kill Christians and destroy their homes, according to Christian aid workers in the eastern state of Orissa. . . . Orissa has suffered a series of murders and arson attacks in recent months, with at least 67 Christians killed, according to the Roman Catholic Church. Several thousand homes have been razed and hundreds of places of worship destroyed, and crops are now wasting in the fields.” The article goes on to say that the going rate for killing a pastor is $250.
“Almighty and everlasting God, hear the cries of Your people as we call to you for Your suffering church throughout the world. As You heard the cries of Your ancient people in bondage in Egypt and came down to deliver them, so now hearken to the suffering of the persecuted in our time. Give bread to those who are hungry, comfort to the imprisoned, and grant strength to those hunted and tortured for Your Name’s sake. Sustain them by Your Holy Spirit that they might overcome by the blood of the Lamb and so receive the crown of life. All for the sake of Jesus who lived and died for us, who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.”