Pray for the persecuted, and persecutors
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” – Jesus speaking in Matthew 5:43-44 (ESV)
Delivering bowls and towels to those in need.
Save Pakistan ministry celebrated Resurrection Sunday by delivering relief items ranging from water glasses and jugs to food bowls and tea cups to towels, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap to many of our brothers and sisters in Christ in Lahore, Pakistan, who were victimized by Muslim attacks in early March. [CLICK HERE to read “Fiery Persecution in Pakistan.”]
“Please keep praying for provision for the persecuted Christians in Lahore,” said Evangelist Haseeb, the Climbing For Christ member who founded Save Pakistan.
Glasses and water jugs, food bowls, trays, hot pots, tea cups, towels, toothbrushes and paste, shampoo and bath soap were among the relief items purchased for victims of violence in Lahore.
C4C supporters responded to our appeal last month and provided US$750 to help those whose homes were vandalized and burned. We also have raised enough to purchase 30 Urdu Bibles for those who lost their precious Holy Books in the attacks. We continue to ask that our God, Who provides all things, would place on the hearts of our people a desire to give to this cause.
In the days since Save Pakistan traveled about four hours to Lahore, another nearby city has seen a rampage by a Muslim mob. Reports out of Gujranwala on April 3 have several Christians injured and many shops and churches vandalized.
The incident is being blamed on an Easter day argument between Christian and Muslim youth. We have been told loud speakers on mosques were used to “gather Muslims,” who reportedly were “asked … to teach (a) lesson to infidel Christians.”
Join us in praying for those who were attacked as well as those who carried out these attacks. Jesus told us, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). May our actions in response to such attacks display the love of Christ and bring many to an eternity altering knowledge of Who He is.
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