Remembering All Saints Church
By William Stark
9/21/2015 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On September 22, 2013 at 11:45 a.m., two suicide bombers connected to the Pakistani Taliban detonated themselves inside the courtyard of All Saints Church located in Peshawar, Pakistan. The church had just concluded its Sunday service and over 600 church members were gathered in the walled courtyard when the bombs exploded.
The resulting scene was mass carnage with shrapnel, body parts and blood littering the church compound. When the smoke cleared, over 100 Christians were killed and another 150 were severely wounded requiring immediate medical attention. To this day, the bombing of All Saints Church remains the single deadliest attack on Pakistan’s Christian community.
The Jundallah group, an affiliate with the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, labeling the mass murder of Christians a “protest” to U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. The group’s leader, Ahmad Marwat, promised that attacks would continue until U.S. drone strikes were halted.
That was almost two years ago. Since then, International Christian Concern (ICC) has been deeply involved with the recovery of the All Saints Church community. From providing medical assistance to those injured to supporting the education of children orphaned to even personally visiting many of the families still suffering from the effects of the bombing, ICC has and will continue to remember the All Saints Church community.
As the All Saints Church community gathers to commemorate those lost in the bombing this week, ICC will be releasing photos, videos, and articles regarding this particular incident of persecution and the efforts made to help this persecuted community recover. Please follow the hashtag #RememberAllSaints to follow these releases and regularly check ICC’s website and social media platforms for daily updates.
Also, remember to keep this community in your prayers. The road to recovery from an incident like this is long and many members of the All Saints Church community are still on it. To get involved in projects assisting the All Saints Church community, or communities like them around the world, please consider donating to ICC today.