Persecution in Pakistan

In an attempt to grab the land where a church stands now, three Muslim men allegedly incited and led a Muslim mob to attack a church on Tuesday, March 18, in Gajrakh, a Christian neighborhood in the Pakistani city of Gujranwala, during the Holy Week.

The latest church attack has been carried out by Muslim mob to grab the church property, but Pakistani Christians had been fearing attacks on churches, missionary schools and other church properties since staging of the anti-cartoon protests in Pakistan last month following reprinting of sacrilegious caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by some western newspapers.

According to a story released by the International Christian Concern (ICC) (www.persecution.org) the mob wanted to seize a community centre that belonged to a church in Gajrakh started tearing down the walls of the church.

The mob manhandled Pastor Shairf Bhatti, who appeared at the scene of incident along with a group of Christians, apparently to stop the mob from attacking the church.

The angry mob, according to the story, hurled stones at the church. The local Christians rushed to the scene, forcing the mob to flee.

Story taken from Journalchretien, Saturday 29 March 2008

If this story sounds familiar, it may be that you have read a story very similar in the scripture… 1 Kings 21:1-16 It is the story of King Ahab desiring to take the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.

It appears the spirit of Ahab is alive and well today. For our adversary as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour.

A word of encouragement for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan and all of the persecuted world…

“And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying; Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it. And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.” vs.17-19

God is fully aware of what is happening to His children. He is not unrighteous to forget your works and labor of love, which ye have showed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Pray for our brothers and sisters who are in the fire of persecution. Not that God will take them out, but that He will stablish, strengthen and settle them for the glory of Christ.

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1 Comment

  1. You in Pakistan have my prayers and heart.

    I plead the blood of Jesus over you, and pray He covers you with His protection.

    marianne
    http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/


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