India: Mission leader kidnapped - urgent need for prayer


Date:  2012-07-29

From K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President
Gospel for Asia
For Immediate Release

CARROLLTON, TX (ANS) -- One of our senior leaders has been abducted by a terrorist group, and they are demanding a very high ransom for his release.

On July 23, at 7 p.m., a group of five armed terrorists kidnapped Pastor Ponnachan George from our Bible school campus in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam, India. They have taken him away to their forest hideout, and we are unaware of his location. This group is threatening to kill Pastor Ponnachan unless we give them a large sum of money.

We have faced similar situations before, but not to this extreme with such a high ransom demand. We have a policy never to negotiate with terrorists for money, because once you do, it opens a door for hundreds of such events. In the past, through prayer and fasting, we have always seen God bring release.

It is a policy of our mission to keep a low profile for the sake of each individual's safety while working toward their release. This time, however, Pastor Ponnachan's story has reached the Indian press, and this may further endanger his life. Therefore, please pray urgently for God's intervention.

We have been working with the local officials as well as the central government, and we are grateful for their helpfulness in this situation. I have also sent a special communication about this incident to the Prime Minister of India, asking him to intervene and do everything he can.

But I am reminded in the midst of this critical time that the most important thing we can do is to PRAY. As we see in Acts 12, when the Apostle Peter was imprisoned, God's people prayed, and God answered. Will you please join us in prayer for the release of our beloved Pastor Ponnachan? Please also pray for his wife and their two teenage children, who are waiting and entreating the Lord for his safe return.

Pastor Ponnachan oversees the ministry in this region of India, which includes 26 Bridge of Hope centers, three radio broadcasts (Karbi, Assamese and Kuki), a Bible college, more than 200 well-established churches and about 300 missionaries. Pray for the safety and strengthening of more than a dozen leaders who are overseeing the work with him.

Thank you so much for joining us in prayer for our brother Ponnachan's release. I am so grateful I can share this with you, and that together we serve a God whose faithfulness is never-ending.

Your brother in Christ,
K.P. Yohannan
Founder & President

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