(09 Apr 2019) Authorities in Pakistan fear that a terrorist linked to Islamic State may be planning an attack targeting Christians in Punjab province at Easter. That has led Voice of the Martyrs Korea to call on Korean churches to pray especially for the safety of Easter church services and celebrations this weekend in Pakistan.
“Easter has been a particularly dangerous time for believers in Pakistan,”
says Voice of the Martyrs Korea representative Hyun Sook Foley.
“Last year four members of one family were shot dead in Quetta by terrorists deliberately targeting Christians. During Easter 2016, a suicide bomber targeted church-goers at a park in Lahore, killing more than 70. Most of the victims were women and children. This year, the acquittal of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman accused of blasphemy, has raised the possibility of renewed anti-Christian violence.”
Representative Foley says a Voice of the Martyrs source indicates that the bomber is likely to try to carry out a suicide attack in Lahore on Easter Sunday.
Representative Foley says Voice of the Martyrs Korea recommends the following prayer points for Korean Christians as they gather together in Holy week worship services in Korea this week:
1.Please pray for safety for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan, especially in Lahore, over the Easter period. Pray especially for safety at Easter church services and celebrations.
2.Pray that the authorities will put in place effective measures that would prevent any attack from happening.
3.Ask God to convict all those whose hearts are filled with hatred towards Christians to repent of their actions and turn to Christ.
4.Pray that the government of Pakistan will permit the now-acquitted Asia Bibi to leave Pakistan and be reunited with her family in Canada, and that there would be no violence against Christians in the wake of her departure.