Only 1.5% out of the 180 million strong population of Pakistan is Christian. It is one of the most troubled minorities in the “secular” state of Pakistan. Placed in the epicenter of terrorism and extremism, Pakistani Christian minority is persecuted day in and day out. Yet they remain steadfast in faith and hope.
After the latest twin bombing of churches in Youhanabad, messages of love, prosperity and care have flooded in from all over the world. Chains of continuous prayer have started for the disturbed community not only in Pakistan but all over the globe.
In a recent interview, Bishop Irfan Jamil of Lahore stated how priorities of the church and the community have changed after the bombings. The Bishops team is making regular visits to the bereaved and injured. A solidarity grant has been issued for the church to support the needy, which were severely affected by the blasts.
Bishop Samuel Azariah of the Diocese of Raiwind, moderator of the Church of Pakistan has said in a latest interview, “Nothing will dampen our spirits. Bombing, murder, burning, shooting will not dampen our spirits and our commitment to Jesus Christ.
Although the attacks have left a permanent scar on the face of the Christian minority in Pakistan on one hand, on the other it has strengthened their faith, and commitment with Jesus Christ. The sheer unity and bond that the community shares amongst them is exemplary. The commitment to faith is unmatched. Even when persecution seems to be a permanent part of every Christian in Pakistan, they remain resilient and continue to serve their community with fervor.