aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Religion Today Blog Christian Blog and Commentary

Church Planter and Church Leaders Kidnapped in India

  • Religion Today
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2012 Jan 31
  • Comments

January 31, 2012

A staff member and two church leaders from a California-based church planting ministry have been captured in western India, ASSIST News Service reports. The three members of Empart -- which trains local people to start churches in their own communities -- were taken by force on their way to an evangelistic outreach event in an area dominated by militant Naxalites, a Maoist party considered to be the most dangerous terrorist organization in India. "At this stage, we do not know who took them or what their demands are," said Jeff Cannon, U.S. director of Empart USA. "Local witnesses were unable to identify the perpetrators as their faces were covered. While this is a serious situation, we serve a mighty God who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. Please ... pray for God's divine wisdom and direction."