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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!


Saturday, August 01, 2009

I was horrified to receive an email just a few minutes ago that read...

"... on the night of July 30, 2009 in the village of Korian Toba Tek Singh, that falls in the Pastoral and Episcopal jurisdiction of Faisalabad Diocese – Church of Pakistan, some Muslim extremists set on fire about 75 houses of the Christian community and 2 Churches of the locality were also damaged.

The Diocese of Peshawar Church of Pakistan condemns this insane and brutal act of violence against peaceful poor Christian communities and on behalf of the Church of Pakistan humbly appeals to all partners and friends to pray for the comfort of the affected families and where possible extend support for the rehabilitation of victims of this unfortunate incident.

Sadly attacks like these are all too frequent and rarely reported in the Western press. If you are a praying person, please do pray for the families affected, and for the wider Christian community in Pakistan living in fear of further attacks. Pray too against the misguided religious loyalties that lead some people to commit such barbaric acts.

The Pakistan Christian Post gives more information 'here'

update... BBC news report (and video) 'here'

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 12:12 PM


hate only begets hate...it was true 2000 years ago and it is still true today...if we don't forgive and love we ae doomed...

commented by Anonymous paul mitchell, 10:12 PM  


thanks for your comment - I totally agree, which is why I wrote about praying against the misguided religious loyalties rather than the perpetrators. We need to pray for the perpetrators - that they would know God's love, grace and forgiveness; and experience a change of heart. Maybe I should have also added a request to pray that those who have suffered as a result of this atrocity would have the strength to forgive, so demonstrating the power of the gospel they live by.

Thanks for your important reminder.

commented by Blogger Malcolm Chamberlain, 12:43 PM  

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