The 58-year-old Pastor Nandu Tadokha was assaulted April 24 by religious extremists while he was walking home from preaching in one of the 10 villages he served in the central Indian state of Maharashtra, according to witnesses. Despite suffering severe internal injuries, he was able to walk to a hospital. He died several days later.
Pastor Nandu joined the ministry at the age of 24. He was known as committed ‘barefoot evangelist’ and Pastor in Pawara villages. He was instrumental in bringing hundreds of his tribal people to Christ. He had a great burden for the evangelism. He was looking after and preaching the gospel in 10 villages, and during all these years he brought hundreds of souls to Christ. These believers usually walk 13 to15 kilometres to attend Church and go back walking.
“When his treatment was going on in the hospital, even at that time he was praying for his people,” according to the statement of the leaders in the local church where he served. “He was praying for the people who beat and injured him. He was truly reflecting the attitude of Jesus Christ and forgave those people who took away his life.”
Extremists had warned Tadokha several times to stop preaching, but the courageous and determined pastor refused to be intimidated and continued to preach the Gospel. He was truly reflecting the attitude of Jesus Christ and forgave those people who took away his life.”
Pastor Nandu Tadokha, is survived by his wife and five daughters.