26 July 2006

Methodist Church backs ecumenical day of prayer for Pakistan

The Methodist Church is supporting a day of prayer for Pakistan, taking place on August 6. The day of prayer is organised by the Pakistan Asian Christian Welfare Association in Bradford.

The day of prayer is a response to attacks on Christians and churches in Pakistan, but the organisers want people to also focus on a wider range of concerns. The day of prayer has drawn wide support from local and national churches and Christian organisations.

The Revd Peter Whittaker, Chair of the Methodist West Yorkshire District, is one of the local church leaders backing the event. 'An important minority group with whom we work more and more in the West Yorkshire District are Christians of Pakistani heritage,' he says. 'They need our prayer support as they search for their identity in this society and as they seek to support other Christians in Pakistan who are often under pressure, suffering discrimination and even persecution.'

Dr Elizabeth Harris, Methodist Secretary for Inter Faith Relations, said, 'This day of prayer is important in highlighting the discrimination faced by Christians in Pakistan. But many of the things Christians will pray for on 6 August, such as harmony between faiths, political stability and freedom from terrorism, would benefit all Pakistanis. As Methodists, we are committed to praying for and supporting Christians wherever they suffer.'

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