Friday, March 02, 2007

Pastor Killed in Andhra Pradesh

Pastor Goda Israel (29) was found murdered on Feb. 20, in a canal near his home in Pedapallparru, Andhra Pradesh. Pastor Israel, who supervised 15 churches, went missing following a prayer meeting on Feb. 17. It is reported that he did not come back from the prayer meeting. The family and church members informed the local police station.

It is reported that Israel had been threatened by Hindu militants earlier because of his involvement in preaching the gospel in the region. Israel leaves behind a wife and small children.

He was the second Christian in India to be killed for his faith since Feb. 10, when Mr. Stanley, a retired Public Service Commission employee in the Kerala was stabbed to death by angry young people in his home in Pavaloor.