3 Practical Ways To Advocate For Pakistani Christians After Easter Attacks
By Kristin Wright, Director of Advocacy at Open Doors USA
The terror attacks targeting Christians in Pakistan over Easter Sunday mark another sad chapter in the horrifying realities facing believers in the world’s second largest Muslim country.
When I first saw the news of the bombing on Sunday, my heart broke. I’ve visited Christians living in Lahore, Pakistan, and seen firsthand some of the struggles of their everyday life.
The suicide bombing targeting Christians in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday left at least 72 people dead and 341 others injured. The explosions rocked a park, where families were out enjoying the holiday – and tragically, at least 24 children were among those killed. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamat-ul-Ahrar, has taken responsibility for the attacks.
You can take action today to advocate on behalf of persecuted believers in Pakistan. Today, more than ever, they need our support. Here are three practical ways to advocate for persecuted believers in Pakistan.
In order to pray specifically for Christians in Pakistan, take time to get informed by reading more about Pakistan from the Open Doors World Watch List. Pray for healing for those who were injured in the bombing, and peace for those who have lost loved ones. And, pray for Pakistani Christians who now fear additional attacks. Lift them up in prayer for protection and comfort.
At Open Doors, we’ve launched an advocacy campaign asking readers to send President Obama a copy of the Open Doors World Watch List. This campaign urges him to take action on three “top ten” countries – including Pakistan. We’re urging President Obama to put pressure on the Pakistani government to urge increased protection of minority Christians who are often the targets of violence.
Provide for Pakistani Christians
The practical needs of Pakistani Christians are often overwhelming. Many Christians are marginalized because of their faith, and struggle to meet the basic needs of their families. Help provide support for persecuted Pakistani Christians – particularly in the wake of the most recent attacks.
Thank you for being a voice for persecuted Christians around the world. Your efforts are making a difference in their lives.