Disaster Relief: Pakistan
- People to People Ministries
PAKISTAN – On Wednesday, Aug. 16, reports were received that two IPHC churches in Pakistan had been broken into, looted, and burned as a result of mob attacks happening within the country.
According to Pakistan's IPHC (registered in the country as Christ Holiness Church) National Leader Asher Mansha, up to 25 churches of various denominations from Catholic to Presbyterian were targeted and violently attacked by Muslims within the Punjab Province of Faisalabad. The attacks came following alleged accusations of blasphemy against Christian pastors in the area.
According to Mansha, Christians in the community fled the Punjab Province, guaranteeing a bit more safety. However, in their absence, their houses became targets for the enraged mob. While major news outlets report no deaths, the ramifications of such persecution on Christian brothers and sisters prove outstanding.
Mansha, along with Christian brothers and sisters, have made plans to fly back to the Punjab Province Friday morning, Aug. 18, in hopes to further assess the damage and meet with the two affected IPHC pastors to discuss the next steps.
People to People asks our global IPHC family to please keep those of eastern Pakistan in your prayers; especially the many in fear as death threats made to our brothers and sisters in Christ continue. Similarly, People to People is stepping in to aid the IPHC churches, pastors, and members affected by the attacks. To aid in the relief efforts visit the People to People give page at PTP Disaster Relief- Overseas - Give IPHC or you can give to the efforts by check to project number 09055D, and send it to PO Box 27020 Oklahoma City, OK 73137.