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03-17-02, 12:16 PM
The Persecution & Prayer Alert (Special Edition)
The Voice of the Martyrs, Canada
Sunday, March 17, 2002

Church Attacked in Islamabad (Pakistan)

This morning at approximately 10:50 a.m., as approximately 70
worshippers gathered at the Protestant International Church in the
diplomatic quarter of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, an unknown
number of attackers threw at least four grenades into the church. Two
are believed to have exploded, killing at least five worshippers so far
and injuring a score of others. Two Americans, the wife and daughter of
a U.S diplomat, were amoung those killed and ambulances rushed at least
45 others to the hospital. The church, located about 300 meters from the
U.S embassy, is regularly used by diplomats and their families for
Sunday worship. Police have not released the origins and nationalities
of the dead and injured apart from the two Americans, nor is there any
word yet on the identities of those responsible for the attack.

The Voice of the Martyrs will continue to monitor the situation and will
have a fuller report in our regular weekly Persecution and Prayer Alert
on Wednesday. Please uphold the families of those involved in this
senseless attack in your prayers. Pray for those who have been injured,
that God would minister to them.

This is the most serious attack on a Christian church in Pakistan since
last October when 15 Christian worshippers were killed during a Sunday
service Bahawalpur in eastern Pakistan, as a group of Muslim militants
stormed the church and opened fire on the congregation with automatic
weapons (see www.persecution.net/nlarchive/article3.htm for details).

03-19-02, 02:55 AM
Sadly, it's not uncommon in Muslim or Communist countries for our brothers and sisters to risk death to gather and worship Jesus. In Indonesia, four churches were bombed around New Year's just a few months ago. Our brethren face death and torture daily around the world. May we never forget them in our prayers as we praise God for our blessings of freedom and as we ask God to comfort those persecuted and remind them that He is there and He cares.

03-19-02, 09:23 AM
Truly it is so- and yet, I would say in many respects these churches are far more blessed than many American congregations. Not blessed in the sense of prosperity, but these are people who have absolutely no choice but to fully rely on Jesus for security and for hope in the things which are to come. That does wonders for one's faith.

If anyone is interested, I'm running a weekly email Prayer Guide for the Persecuted Church. I started it some time ago, but lapsed and have recently started it back up again, anyone interested can join and/or read the archives at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/persecutedchurch

Peace, Love, and Jesus Christ,