A mob of 1,000 people destroyed a church building under construction in northern India and beat up its pastor.
Gospel for Asia reports the congregation has been trying to build the church for more than two years, but construction has been slowed by local opposition.
Earlier this week, rumors began to spread accusing the Christians of "culturally offensive" practices.
Although the pastor once again stopped construction, a mob tore the structure down. They then beat the pastor and other church members, including his mother.
GFA reports the village has a history of violence against Christians. Four other pastors have been driven away.
"It is our desire that these who are persecuting will know the love of God for them," GFA founder and president K.P. Yohannan said.
Meanwhile, church leaders are calling believers around the world to pray for God's protection of the pastor, his family, and the congregation.