In his careful research, Dr. Hruda Lohora documents the historical and recent nature of the persecution of Odisha Christians, its negative psychological and social impact during the violence, but subsequent spiritual awakening, physical blessing, and gospel expansion. He interprets this within a theological framework of response to persecution. Readers will be intrigued and shout Alleluiah!
Dr. Viv Grigg, PhD
Professor of Urban Leadership, William Carey International University, CA
The 21st-century world has not always been kind, particularly to the Christians in India. Despite constitutional freedom of religious expression, deep-rooted animus brought about by religious nationalism and fanaticism continues to be a reality in the lives of many living where they are a minority. Dr. Hruda Ranjan Lohora documented one such instance in 2008 when Christians were violently attacked in Kandhamal, Odisha. Through meticulous interviews and research, he weaves the story of how persecution indeed results in the church’s growth. His treatment of the circumstances leading to the attacks and its subsequent impact on the church portrays an irrepressible people determined to remain on God’s mission. This is a book that must be studied by those interested in the resilience of Christians living in hostile conditions.
Dr. Michael T. Cooper, PhD
Director- MA Missiology of Movements