National missionaries Prabhal Rao and Raju Binswar started teaching Sunday school classes at a local church when they were still Bible college students. At that time, they were assigned to complete a practical internship at a church in an area near their Bible college. They also reached out to a village that was just a short walk away and started teaching Sunday school there, too.
Their classes were very popular, and soon they had a roomful of eager children learning about Jesus. The children’s parents had taught them to follow the traditional religions of their ancestors. So when the kids went home and told their parents what they’d learned about Jesus, the parents were intrigued. This opened up frequent opportunities to share the Good News with parents.
One mother, Madhura, asked a lot of questions. She listened intently to their presentation and requested the men to come back and tell her husband about Jesus. But telling him about God’s love turned problematic. When Madhura’s husband showed up that day, the missionaries found out that a gang of young men had followed him home. The young men belonged to a local anti-Christian extremist group and they were unhappy that the couple was talking with Christians. The men verbally harassed the missionaries, then beat them up.
“Stop entering this village with the message of Jesus Christ and don’t disturb this family,” one of the angry men said to him. “If you come again and try to convert people from this village, you will have to face terrible consequences.”
The group chased Prabhal and Harish out of the village.