CHRISTIAN news outlet Premier is asking its readers to pray for Dr Sandhya Tiwari, inset above, who has been removed from an Indian government programme to combat the spread of Covid-19.
Her suspension came after she told her patients to pray to Jesus if they get infected. One patient was so outraged at getting at earful of Jesus that he filed a criminal case against her, alleging an attempt at conversion.
As part of the government’s “Kill Corona” programme, Tiwari visited families in their homes in the area of Bajna distributing diet charts with handwritten prayers of salvation and leaflets with recommended Christian websites.
Her prayer of salvation reads:
Lord Jesus we believe in you today. We accept all our sins, mistakes which we did knowingly or unknowingly. Wash away our sins with your holy blood. Come to life in our hearts, we accept you as our Saviour, fill us with the Holy Spirit, asking in the name of the Lord Jesus in the mighty name, Amen.
In a video on Twitter, Tiwari can be seen arguing with the man who is accusing her of forced conversion.
He asks her:
Why are you telling people that they will recover by praying to Jesus? Why are you not saying that people should pray according to their own religion?
What is wrong with telling them that God heals? I did not tell anybody to convert or force anybody to pray to Jesus, I am being a Christian, I told them that Jesus heals.
Premier quotes a local Christian as saying:
This is the state of religious freedom in our state, we can be booked for a conversation that we might have with people of other faiths. In most cases, the facts are twisted to suit to an agenda and sadly the state machinery is handy to victimize the minorities.
The state of Madhya Pradesh has recently revised and reinforced an anti-conversion law, which allows people to file a criminal case against Christians who they feel are forcing them to convert. However, this law, according to Premier:
Is often used to make false claims against Christians to justify assault and to intimidate believers. India currently ranks 10th on Open Doors’ list of countries where Christians are most persecuted.
Premier then throws in a prayer of its own:
We give thanks for Dr Tiwari’s commitment and courage to share your gospel. May we be inspired by her tenacity. We ask that you would protect her and be her shelter during this difficult time.
We pray, too, for the people in India. Please Lord bring healing and provide rest to those who are working tirelessly against the virus.In Jesus’ name, Amen.
At the time of posting, a silly little prayer panel, put at the end of all Premier’s reports, indicates that 191 people are praying for the nurse.