January 31, 2012
A staff member and two church leaders from a California-based church planting ministry have been captured in western India, ASSIST News Service reports. The three members of Empart -- which trains local people to start churches in their own communities -- were taken by force on their way to an evangelistic outreach event in an area dominated by militant Naxalites, a Maoist party considered to be the most dangerous terrorist organization in India. "At this stage, we do not know who took them or what their demands are," said Jeff Cannon, U.S. director of Empart USA. "Local witnesses were unable to identify the perpetrators as their faces were covered. While this is a serious situation, we serve a mighty God who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. Please ... pray for God's divine wisdom and direction."