PESHAWAR: The Methodist Church sends munificent donation to the Diocese of Peshawar.
The Methodist Church in Britain has sent the Diocese of Peshawar, £5000 subsequent to the suicide bomb attack on the All Saints Church in September CIP has learnt. The money has been offered by the World Mission Fund to be of assistance the victims of the attack on All Saints Church on September 22, killing more than 200 people and leaving dozens injured.
The bomb attack was one of the nastiest attacks on Pakistan’s Christian community. The MethodistChurch’s affectionate funding will be used to provide victims in the Diocese of Peshawar with physical and psychological treatment.
Steve Pearce, Partnership Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific said: “Christians and Muslims live in harmony in many communities in Pakistan, but atrocities like the bomb blasts at All Saints Church in Peshawar raise a level of fear among the Christians, who form less than two per cent of the population. It is important that the Christian community knows that we are remembering them in prayer and that we have made the effort to send money to help those who are injured and those who have lost their family breadwinner. This grant has been made possible by the generosity of the Methodist people who have donated to the World Mission Fund.”
On September 22, a twin suicide bombing killed at least 200 people at the All Saints Church after the Sunday service in northwest Pakistan; in what is rightly believed to be the country’s deadliest attack on Christians. The two attackers struck at the end of the service, one of Peshawar’s most senior officials, told,”The bombers struck when the service had just ended.” “Most of the wounded were in critical condition,” confirmed a senior official of the city.
“Pages of a Bible were scattered near the altar and rice meals mingled with dust on the floor amid shattered benches. Walls were gouged with ball bearings used in the explosives,” an eye witness recalled. Anguished relatives blocked the main Grand Trunk Road highway with dead bodies of the victims to protest against the killings.