Christian Leaders Face New Challenges Amid India’s National Lockdown

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(International Christian Concern) – On March 24, India’s Prime Minister announced a 21-day lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This sudden announcement gave India’s 1.3 billion citizens only hours to prepare for the lockdown that is widely considered the largest and strictest in the world. Among the activities prohibited by the national lockdown are religious gatherings of all faiths.

“Tears roll down my cheeks when I start praying for my congregation during this lockdown,” Pastor Moses told International Christian Concern (ICC). “The only thing I can do for my congregation now is to pray for them.”

Pastor Moses, who goes by a single name, leads a Baptist congregation in India’s Telangana state. He fears that the COVID-19 lockdown may have irreversible effects on his congregation.

“As a shepherd of my congregation, I know my sheep and their needs,” Pastor Moses explained to ICC. “When I think of the weaker members of my congregation and people who are new to the faith, I am troubled and pained. How will these individuals survive in the absence of spiritual nurturing and fellowship?”

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