Pakistan – Church vandalized en Banuu

A local church in the Cantonment area of Bannu, North West Frontier Province, has been ransacked, leaving a trail of debris. Following the regular Sunday service on 10 May 2009, Pastor Ijaz left the building, which was built by British Christians in 1857. When construction workers entered the church on Tuesday morning to continue their work, a scene of devastation met their eyes. Everything in the church had either been burnt or broken. Church furniture was badly damaged and the main cross had been smashed into pieces. The church Bible and other Christian literature had been burnt and musical instruments ruined. The memorial plaque that commemorated the donors who helped provide for the church’s building had been covered with white cement. When Pastor Ijaz saw the damage, he was shocked and saddened, and the incident has deeply distressed the Christian community of Bannu, which was considered to be a secure area for Christians. According to Pastor Ijaz, Christians now feel insecure in their homeland. There is concern that this attack is the direct result of the “growing control of fanatic religious groups whose only goal is to harass the peaceful communities to gain control over them”. • Please pray for the Christians of Bannu, that they will find comfort in the Lord and know that His love for His people extends beyond the church building. • Pray that the police will investigate this incident with fairness and that the investigation will bring justice for the people of Bannu.

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