New Delhi, July 29, 2013: The women were sharing their faith with shop owners and shoppers at a marketplace.

Women beaten up for sharing faith in publicFive women were beaten up at a marketplace in Andhra Pradesh while sharing about their Christian faith in public.

The women, who are the Gospel for Asia (GFA)-sponsored Women’s Fellowship leaders, had been sharing with store owners and shoppers when one man demanded to know what they were doing.

The assault began with a powerful slap on the face of one woman and continued to the others, one of whom was isolated and surrounded by five men.

The women, Bansari, Jaladhi, Kuyil, Sunita and Viveka, were beaten on their faces and heads.

The women report that no bystanders came to their defense during the ordeal and that they miraculously escaped from their multiple attackers, according to Daniel Punnose, vice president of GFA.

GFA-sponsored Women’s Fellowships are intentional ministries across South Asia for women reaching women with the love of Christ in cultures where men are severely limited in ministering to women.

Local Women’s Fellowships are often nurtured by one of the 2,000 GFA-sponsored women missionaries.

“When we see young women publicly beaten for the faith, it tells us what the future holds in regards to persecution. Things will get worse, ” said Punnose.


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