Dr. Sandhya Tiwari was working tirelessly to help prevent another deadly wave of COVID-19 from sweeping through India.
As she came across families who were suffering from COVID-19, being a Christian, she told them to pray to Jesus for help and healing.
But once activists from a Hindu nationalist organization caught wind that the doctor had been mentioning the name of Jesus, they were determined to take her down – and you won’t believe what they did to torture this Christian woman.
As the doctor was performing house calls, a hostile local began videotaping her and harassing her without mercy.
He was enraged that she was mentioning the name of Jesus and posted the video publicly knowing it would get her in trouble.
Even though the doctor wasn’t trying to convert anyone and was simply encouraging prayer, once the authorities heard what was happening, they were determined to punish her.
The Christian Post reported:
“The video was then shared on social media, in which Dr. Tiwari can be seen defending her actions, saying, “What is wrong in telling them that God heals? I did not tell anybody to convert or forced anybody to pray to Jesus, I am being a Christian, I told them that Jesus heals.”
The authorities then proceeded to take Dr. Tiwari to the police station to further harass and interrogate her.
In India, there is no religious freedom.
Hindu extremists try and stop Christians from preaching the Gospel, accusing them of violating “anti-conversion laws” which claims Hindus don’t come to Christ on their own accord, but only because they’ve been “bribed.”
Of course, this isn’t true, but extremists use it as a way to discourage Indian Christians from sharing the Gospel.
It’s no wonder India made Open Doors’ Top 10 of the World’s Most Dangerous Countries to be a Christian.
Even former Hindus who now profess Christ face torture and death if they don’t denounce their Christian faith.
Pastors in India who stay true to the Gospel and refuse to denounce Christ do so knowing the penalty is death, and yet remain faithful until the end.
Other Christians know that just by being a Christian, their economic livelihood is in jeopardy as many businesses will deliberately refuse to hire them.
But despite the darkness trying to snuff out the Gospel light, God’s true Gospel of healing and forgiveness shines brighter.
We must remember to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in India who continue to face such deep persecution.
Many are holding strong through unthinkable pain and torture, all for the sake of the Gospel.
And let us also lift up Dr. Sandhya Tiwari – our dear sweet Christian doctor who is now facing her own version of persecution simply for stating the truth that God is our ultimate healer.
Those who are enemies of the cross will continue to try and silence Christians until the very end, but we know how the story ends – Jesus Christ is Lord, and one day every knee WILL bow and proclaim it so!
But until that day comes, we must continue to stand by each other during the inevitable persecution to come.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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