This week, Pakistani believers commemorate a dark day in history. Seven years ago, two Taliban terrorists blew themselves up outside the All Saints Church as people left a worship service. The blast killed 100 believers and injured hundreds more.
“The wounds of losing three family members are still fresh for me. It is impossible to forget that bloody day that turned my life forever into sorrow,” one survivor told International Christian Concern.
The All Saints Church bombing was the single deadliest attack on Pakistan’s Christian community. “It was kind of unprecedented at that time,” TWR President Lauren Libby says.
“Since then, there’s been even more persecution for believers in Pakistan. But you know what? God is still moving in this country.”
Gospel work in Pakistan
Pakistan has one of the world’s largest Muslim populations and one of the highest rates of Christian persecution. More about persecution in Pakistan here.
Even though believers face opposition, it doesn’t stop them from sharing Christ. “I am amazed at how courageous they are to live out their life around an extreme Islamic culture,” Libby says.
TWR’s broadcasts into Pakistan, Afghanistan, and North India (PANI) generate thousands of responses each year from people who want to know more about Jesus. Programs tell stories of Old Testament prophets, share believers’ testimonies, encourage healthy family relationships, and explain how to start a home church.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for those still recovering from church attacks in Peshawar and Quetta.
- Pray that God will comfort the widows and orphans of martyred Christians.
- Pray that pastors will remain faithful despite continuous oppression and persecution.