Last Fall the world was horrified by the riots and persecution against Christians in the state of Orissa, India. Hundreds of churches and Christian businesses were destroyed, over 200 were killed, and 50,000 Christians were kicked out of their homes and villages with 30,000 going into the forests for hiding.
The problem still has not completely been resolved with the Indian Federal government dragging its heals and with the state and local authorities on the side of and actually in many cases participating in the persecution.
One good did come out of the persecution–the India Supreme Court ruled that there is “freedom of Religion” in India and all are equal under the law.
What led to the persecution? An incredible revival that saw approximately 28% of the population of Orissa converting to Christianity in a few short years. The Orissa persecution was a blowback for the major changes taking place and for the potential shift of political and economic power in the state. The Hindu radical party is heavily invested in stopping the revival at all costs.
What are the major characteristics of this revival?
1. Sign and Wonders, Miracles
2. Healings, Raising the Dead
3. Social Justice
4. Indigenous leaders and ministry
Very similar to the on-going revival in China.