Update from Lahore

Steve Pearce, Partnership Coordinator for Asia Pacific writes:

The events in Lahore on Easter Day were distressing to say the least, all the more so since I worshipped with Christian brothers and sisters in Lahore less than three weeks ago. I have been in touch with the Moderator of the Church of Pakistan to express our sorrow and love and to assure him and all the Church members of our prayers. He replied:

'Thank you for your note of concern, commitment and assurance. Yes as we preached and worship on the overcoming of evil and looking forward with hope to the future, Easter sunset brought an experience of extreme pain of the cross.   I was in the hospital till early this morning (Monday), and according to my information over 100 people from different faith communities died in this inhuman tragic incidence.  It is correct that most of them were Christians, celebrating Easter with their families.   There were a number of people from our church. I had met some of them in the Sunrise Easter service.  There are over 200 injured some still very critical.    Please continue to keep us in your prayers.  We will share more information as the day goes by.   Continue to keep the religious and political leaders in prayer that they deal with the menace of religious extremism and violence in unity and with sincere firmness.   We need to recognize the reality of certain individuals, groups and communities.'

Rachel Lampard was with me on that recent visit to Pakistan and she has posted a prayer here.

Rachel Ullmer, our Mission Partner is fine and in her email to me she sums up the mood of many in the Muslim community when she writes,'Many in my street have said how awful it all is.'

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