Barnabas Fund. Seven Christians, including two women, died when armed gunmen stormed the offices of World Vision, a Christian aid agency, in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan on Wednesday 10 March. All those killed were Pakistani nationals. Ten masked gunmen entered the compound, threw grenades, opened fire on the staff and detonated a bomb. World Vision had not received any threatening letters ahead of the attack and no group has claimed responsibility, but various news agencies suspected that Islamic militants were behind the assault. Investigations are ongoing.
Immediately following the incident, World Vision indefinitely suspended all operations in Pakistan, where their relief and development work is carried out by local citizens. A statement from the organisation said, “World Vision remembers those staff who have died as dedicated people seeking to improve the lives of people affected by poverty and disasters.” The agency held a global memorial service to mourn the deaths of their colleagues. • Pray for the families of those who died in the attack, that they will find consolation in the Lord Jesus. • Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who are doing the Lord’s work in Pakistan, that He will protect them and that this attack will not deter them from serving the poor and needy.