10-year-old, mutilated for her faith, forgives

Yesterday we posted about the persecution of Christians in the state of Orissa in India. Here is the story of a ten-year-old girl who, though horribly mutilated in that persecution, offers the Hindu extremists who did this to her forgiveness and the love of Jesus. From Mutilated Christian girl, 10, forgives attackers:

Namrata Nayak, the 10-year-old who forgave her attackers

Hindu extremists may have burned a 10-year-old Christian girl’s face, inflicted shrapnel wounds on 40 percent of her body and forced her family to hide in a forest and flee to a refugee camp in Orissa, India, but her plight hasn’t shaken her faith and thankfulness to God this season.

“Christmas is a time to thank the baby Jesus who saved me from the fire and saved my face which was disfigured and wounded,” Namrata Nayak told Asia News.

Nayak’s face was severely mutilated after Hindu extremists bombed the home where she was staying on Aug. 26. They broke into the house and burned it while Nayak and her siblings hid in a small bathroom. Before exiting the home, they left a bomb in a dresser, according to the report.

While the little girl surveyed the destruction, the bomb detonated and burned her face.

The explosion also lodged shrapnel into her face, hands and back.

Nayak’s mother, Sudhamani, came running out of the forest where she was hiding.

“We saw everything burned, and feared that everyone had died in the flames,” Sudhamani said. “Instead, thanks to God, everyone was safe. Only that my daughter had been wounded. But Jesus took care of her. We took her to the hospital in Berhampur, still unconscious and badly hurt.”

Nayak spent 45 days recovering in the hospital. Despite all her troubles, she is cheerful and giving thanks to God for healing her.

“There is so much pain and suffering, and I don’t know how long the special forces will protect us,” she told Asia News. “But Christmas is a time of gratitude. I am afraid that my people will still be attacked, but this is our life. If God has saved me, he can save other Christians too.”

The Hindu attackers have vowed to launch another widespread assault on Christians during Christmas. The violence began after Christians were blamed for the death of Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on Aug. 24. They continue to be persecuted even though Maoists openly admitted to murdering Saraswati.

Hindus have offered money, food and alcohol to anyone who murders Christians and destroys their homes – especially pastors. Thousands of homes and churches have been destroyed, and Christians have been forced to flee the violence. Many have been doused with kerosene and torched after refusing to renounce their Christian faith.

Nonetheless, Nayak urges India’s Christians to forgive their Hindu attackers.

“[W]e forgive the Hindu radicals who attacked us, who burned our homes,” she told Asia News. “They were out of their minds, they do not know the love of Jesus. For this reason, I now want to study so that when I am older I can tell everyone how much Jesus loves us. This is my future.”

Nayak said her life plan is to share the message of God’s love.

“The world has seen my face destroyed by the fire, now it must come to know my smile full of love and peace,” she said. “I want to dedicate my life to spreading the Gospel.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Praise God for such sisters in Christ and may many Hindu people see Christ at work in Namrata Nayak and His forgiveness shared through her and her fellow Christians.

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  • Wayne

    One day we -in either America or Australia-may face persecution. I pray that we will have the strength and faith as this young girl

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    I would add that THIS is the spirit that will win out over radical Islam, Hinduism, and secularism.

  • CRB

    Yes, THIS is the spirit, but we also have to realize that many will not convert to Christianity and so we shall be further marginalized and persecuted. The good news, though, is that Christ has already won the battle and we look forward to His Second Advent when He shall make all things new! Come, Lord Jesus!

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Twofinches Twofinches

    I have a photo of this girl on my coffee table. She reminds me to pray in two ways. One that the persecuted body of Christ will remain strong and Christ like . And secondly that the church in America and other free nations will wake from her slumber and strengthen herself for battle. The Bible says we are to expect this…may we be found faithful in Him.

  • PreachTolerance

    It would be good if people would just stop trying to convert others to their beliefs and just let them be. Just because one has a certain way of thinking does not make it right for everyone. The need or desire to convert others to your way of thinking demonstrates a remarkable amount of insecurity and a hunger for power and control.


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