When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer. . . .”
(Revelation 6: 9-11)
By Christine Darg
We’re praying for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan where we’ve been privileged to minister many times. These photos were posted on Facebook by our dearly beloved Pastor Anwar Fazal, the “Billy Graham” of Pakistan who is Chairman of Eternal Life Ministries and Isaac Satellite TV.
More than 70 people, including 29 children,were murdered by a Taliban homocide bomber who specifically targeted Christians on Easter Sunday near a children’s playground in a park.
Approximately 300 people were injured near the children’s swings in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, in Lahore, where many Christians had gathered to celebrate the holiday.
A splinter group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility and specified, “The target was Christians.”
The death toll had risen to more than 70 on Monday morning, and a police official noted that the majority of the dead were Muslims.
More than any Pakistani leader I know, Pastor Anwar has worked closely to build bridges with the Muslim community. Every time my husband and I have been privileged to minister in one of his meetings or TV programs, Pastor Anwar has included Muslim clerics on the scene as he preaches the everlasting Gospel. That gifting is the favour and wisdom of God.
Indeed, pray for an increase of opportunities and the favour of God in the midst of End-time animosities as the love of many is growing colder and colder.
~Please pray that the blood of the martyrs will always continue to be the seed of the church in Pakistan, the Mideast and Africa, and wherever the Body of Messiah is being persecuted.
~Pray for the many Christians who have been fleeing Pakistan in search of freedom in other countries, such as Thailand, where they often become caught up as refugees in dangerous situations and even imprisonment.
~Pray for the bold ministries of the Fazal family and other front-time Christian ministries in Pakistan to continue to be the Lord’s salt and light.
~Pray for Pastor Edward Masih, one of the Trustees of Exploits Ministry in the UK, who is presently ministering in Pakistan, for a great harvest of souls.
~Pray for the Great Harvest in Pakistan. This photo is from a recent Gospel meeting of Pastor Anwar.
Such a great ministry of Gospel Light needs much intercession and protection.
In another horror of the holiday, the Daily Mail had reported that ISIS crucified an Indian Catholic priest in Yemen but another report says it is a strong rumour that has not been verified. Believers of Asia, we stand with you and believe for your vindication with the world’s greatest Harvest of souls.