(International Christian Concern) — On Monday, August 12, a small church made of wooden poles and thatch was set on fire and completely destroyed by unknown people in Thakkallepadu village, approximately 80 miles southeast of Hyderabad, India. Local Christians report that the apparent arson has left their community completely shattered.
According to Pastor Samuel, head pastor of Gethsemane Prardana Mandiram, the small building was built a year ago to house the community’s worship services. The small church was built on land owned by Pastor Samuel.
“I was so shocked to find the church totally burned,” Pastor Samuel told International Christian Concern (ICC). “It was the hard earned money of church member that were used to build the shed. All of the sudden, everything is gone.”
“We don’t know who committed this malicious act,” he continued. “However, in May of this year, Hindu radicals attacked church members in the village when they were putting up posters about public Gospel meetings. The radicals snatched the posters and destroyed them.”