It was disturbing. It’s something I’ve neglected, something I’ve felt detached from for so long now. I often look back on older stories, but this was real. This was now.
I realized today that I rarely think about my brothers and sisters overseas who are risking their lives for the sake of Christ. In many ways, they are doing what all of us as Christians should be doing—spreading the Gospel and making disciples of all nations. I stumbled upon this news release from the Gospel for Asia website today. This is a group whose goal is to reach part of the 2.7 billion people that are still unreached, particularly in Asia. On May 20, 2010, one of their missionaries was ambushed and brutally murdered. Here’s the full news release of the incident:
“Ajit Bansi, a Gospel for Asia-supported missionary, dreamed of the day he could dedicate a church building for his growing congregation. But just days before it was to take place, his dream was crushed. An extremist anti-Christian group cruelly ended his life May 20.
Pastor Ajit served the Lord in Assam, India, knowing the very real possibility of incredible personal danger. Risking everything to share the hope of Christ, he led many people to the Lord and served as pastor of a church with about 60 believers.
Pastor Ajit saw his dream of a church building unfolding before him as God provided for the land and construction. He went to a nearby town to purchase the final building supplies for the church, but he never came home.
During his journey, a violent anti-Christian group ambushed Pastor Ajit and three other travelers. Leaving no option for escape, the extremists brutally shot and killed all four of their hostages, dumping the bodies on the roadside.
“Pastor Ajit was one of hundreds of missionaries risking their lives to share Jesus’ love in this area,” said GFA President K.P. Yohannan. “He was doing a great work, and his life brought hope to many people. It is extremely sad that this pastor never saw his dream fulfilled.
“Pastor Ajit left behind his wife and two small children. His church lost its pastor. They all need prayer in this very difficult time, as do the other missionaries in this area.”
GFA leaders are caring for Pastor Ajit’s bereaved family. They request prayer that the Lord will comfort them and provide for their needs.”
It’s a good reminder of the world’s continued hostility towards the Gospel message. I personally don’t hear enough of the struggles that missionaries are going through (at least in my circles), but I need to remember to be in prayer for those who are faithfully preaching the Gospel to the unsaved. I just thought that this was a nice snap back to reality..a wake up call.