It’s been six months since suicide bombers targeted Christian families at a park in Lahore on Easter Sunday – but, for many survivors, the trauma and pain continue.
Our partners in Pakistan have been standing alongside the injured and bereaved, working tirelessly to provide practical and spiritual support. But people’s needs are still huge.
Please pray for Sadique and his family: his injuries have cost him his job and mean he may struggle to work again.
Sadique, who’s 40, used to be a cleaner for a city bus service. But after church on Easter Sunday, he took his six-year-old son and three relatives to Gulshan-e-Iqbql Park. Two of the party died: the other three, including Sadique and his son, were badly injured.
While serious wounds to Sadique’s stomach are now healing, he requires further surgery on his leg and is largely confined to his bed.
His family live in a poor Christian area of Lahore which lacks even the most basic amenities such as clean water and proper sanitation.
Sadique says the support of Release partners has been a lifeline. ‘They treat us like family,’ he says.
- Ask God to heal Sadique and his son, physically and spiritually.
- Please pray that God will provide for Sadique and his family, and all those affected by the Lahore attack.
- Praise God for the courage and stamina of our partners: ask God to protect and strengthen them.
(Source: Release partners)
Thank God for partial justice for the families of three Christians brutally killed in Malatya, Turkey, nine years ago. Yesterday, five men were convicted of murder and handed three consecutive life sentences each. Two military personnel were also given long jail terms: 16 other defendants were acquitted. Ugur Yuksel, Necati Aydin and Tilman Geske were tortured and killed at the Zirve publishing house in Malatya in April 2007. However, because the convicted men plan to appeal, they remain at large: they have already been detained for the maximum limit of five years pending trial. It may take years for their appeal to be heard. The lengthy trial was made more complex by accusations that a criminal organisation was behind the murders, allegations that remain unproven. (Source: Middle East Concern)