Persecution Update March 2009: India

On January 23, 1999, Graham Staines, who had shown Christ’s love among the lepers and illiterate of India’s Orissa state for thirty years, was burned to death along with his two sons while sleeping in their jeep.  During the trial for the men who killed her husband, Gladys Staines publicly forgave them and appealed for clemency.

On the 10th anniversary of her husband’s martyrdom, Gladys reached out to the women of  Orissa who lost their husbands in last year’s attacks.  Gladys urged them to find Christ alone as “your companion, your guide and your strength.”  She continues to urge believers worldwide, “Do not give up hope.  Pray for India.”