Persecution in India

  • Cast Number: 2
  • Run-time: 7 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Matthew 26:19

Christian persecution in India. A missionary Graham Staines and his son were brutally murdered by Hindu extremests. It is reported that India is one of the worst countries for Christian persecution.

Sample of script:

Husband and wife are sitting at kitchen table, reading newspaper, gets more and more agitated

Husband: You know, really makes you wonder what this old world is coming to!

Wife, absentmindedly: What is it dear?

Husband: All over the world! Tension! War! Murder

!Wife: Welcome to the twenty-first century dear!

Husband: You know, that’s exactly what is most troubling.

Wife: The fact that it’s the twenty-first century? Can’t turn back the hands of time, now can we?

Husband: Not that at all. It’s our reaction to these atrocities! Seems like we just yawn and go on. While someone becomes a widow, a grieving mother.

Wife puts down the paper, looks at husband

Wife: My, Jason, you are upset. What are you reading about?

Husband, crumples the newspaper together: It’s full of it! (opens paper) Here, see this, a missionary and his two sons were burned to death while sleeping in their car in India.

Wife: Wait, I remember that, was a year or so ago, right? Straines, right?

Husband, refers to newspaper: Staines. Graham Staines. Says, (reads fromn paper), he and sons, Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8, were burned to death January 23, 1999, as they slept in a jeep. The vehicle was reportedly parked outside a small makeshift church in the village of Manoharpur, about 600 miles southeast of New Delhi. His wife, Gladys, and daughter, Esther, were not with them at the time.

Husband: Sick! “A thirteen year old boy has been sentenced to a juvenile detention centre for 14 years for his role in the killing of Australian missionary Graham Staines in eastern India last year. Sudarshan Hansda was one of 15 people arrested for their part in the murder of Mr Staines and his two sons in the state of Orissa.” Think of it, a thirteen year old boy!

Wife: Yes, but what we were told was that there was a crowd of people involved. And some guy they expect was the leader was just captured.Husband, reads: Here it is here. “The man alleged to be the ringleader of the group, Dara Singh, was arrested earlier this year after a lengthy police search. Dara Singh had been linked to hardline Hindu groups, although an official commission of enquiry decided that he worked alone rather than on behalf of any Hindu group.”

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