(bohj-POOR-ee) – In the months prior to elections, there is often an increase in the persecution of believers. As national elections will happen next spring in India, there are many Christians who are being beaten, wrongfully imprisoned, and otherwise persecuted. Recently, a Bhojpuri pastor’s wife was beaten in front of her two young boys, and their home (which is also their church) was ransacked. Her husband, Pastor Anand, was arrested a few days later. After posting bail, the jailers told him not to return home for at least a month because officials “would be looking for him.” He and his family are now in another state on India, far from home, waiting to return. It is never easy to face persecution, nor to know how to respond. Please pray for this family and many others who are persecuted for firmly following the Lord.