Hindu fundamentalists burn down church in India

( [email protected] ) Mar 23, 2004 03:19 PM EST

Hindu fundamentalists burned down the Elim Prayer Mission Church in Gudiyattam, India, Friday, February 20, following a late-night prayer meeting.

On the night of February 20, the congregation participated in an evening prayer service that lasted from 10 PM to 2:15 AM. After the believers left the church and returned home, the building was attacked by Hindu fundamentalists who set it on fire and let it burn to the ground.

Established in 1992 by eight local Christians, the small congregation has ministered in Gudiyattam and many surrounding villages, establishing 17 sister churches. The congregation is now holding services in the open air at the site of the burned church.