On Sunday 7 February, candles were lit during morning worship at St Andrew’s, to remember the vicious attack, 19 years ago, on the Christian village of Shanti Nagar in Pakistan. The village was devastated in the attack, but has been rebuilt and is supported, through prayer and gifts of money, by the congregation of St Andrew’s. Thank you to local preacher, Jackie M, for accommodating this ceremony in her service.
Prayers were offered by Alan S, Treasurer of the Shanti Nagar St Andrew’s Trust (a registered charity) and by Joyce D, wife of Saleem D, who is also a trustee. One candle was lit, especially to remember our friends in Shanti Nagar and another one for people of all faiths who suffer persecution for being in a minority in the country where they live.
The villagers of Shanti Nagar are still harassed by extremists, but they are encouraged by our support and prayers, and they continue their Christian worship and witness.