Tears fall down for our brothers and sisters of Pakistan
When I turned the computer on this morning and I saw the burned out churches and homes of the Christian people of Pakistan, my heart sank. This is reminiscent of the Christmas Eve morning when I knew instantly to pray about something. Later we received the heart breaking news that 25 churches that took Solomon Rout's lifetime to build in India were burned in one Christmas Eve Muslim raid. Pastors were killed by the sword in the streets and Christians fled to the jungles. It took over a year in refugee camps to return to some state of safety.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. Mt 24:9
This morning the ashes were of the Bibles of the Churches in Joseph Town, Pakistan. The tears were of the women and children as they cried for their homes, their belongings and such simple necessities of food and water.
Here in a American we have not yet had to face persecution to this extent, but it is so imminent.
We are still blessed to get up with the right to choose every day if we want to visit a house of worship or not. We are still blessed to be able to worship Christ without the fear of being imprisoned, beaten, have our belongings burned or to have our families or selves be put to death.
The news has reported it as a brief story in passing or as ticker tape at the bottom of the screen but that does not capture the grief, or the stench of the burning ash piles, or the fear of more attacks.
With such a blessing comes a responsibility.
|Children sifting through the Ashes|
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1Jn3:17We have corresponded with Evangelist Atif Raza for over a year now. His orphanage at Passion of Christ Ministries is supported monthly by Rachel's Heart as part of our mission. He was divinely placed in the midst of this tragedy to report to us the persecution of that our brothers and sisters are undergoing at the hands of the Muslims. It is up to us to respond with compassion not only with prayers but with money.
What would you do if after spending a night underground you came back to ashes, no shelter, no beds, no blankets, no pillows, no dishes, no cups, no transportation, no food and no water.?I cannot even imagine. I cannot imagine the fear, the terror, the feeling that all is lost, the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. Please respond and let them know that we join them in love and prayers and yes monies to help them buy food, water a place to sleep as they rebuild, simple necessities of life. As I told you of the incident in India, the Muslims continued to take advantage of their situation by trying to poison their water stores. Pastor Sam Naik was there to help with that rebuilding of the Happy Valley Children's Home. It was very treacherous.
|Evangelist Atif Raza with his father and mother.|