This week in separate incidents in the same area of Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea, both a local Nazarene pastor and the Chimbu district superintendent were beaten by a group of individuals. Both men are currently in stable condition, but the Asia-Pacific Regional Office states District Superintendent Enoch Thomas lost at least one or two teeth and his jaw may be broken.
Intimidation attempts and attacks on church leaders has increased recently in this area, the region said.
Prayer is requested for the protection of church leaders, that Nazarene ministers and their families would not be discouraged and that their faith would be refined and continue to keep growing in the midst of persecution and violence.
Thomas was elected district superintendent in 2007. He pastored for 12 years prior to becoming superintendent. Thomas and his wife have three children.
The Chimbu District is on Asia-Pacific’s Melanesia Field.
—Church of the Nazarene Asia-Pacific Region