By Linda Jones
02/01/2018 Washington, DC (International Christian Concern) – On March 15, 2015, two large churches, Christ Church and St. John’s Catholic Church, suffered a bomb attack in Youhanabad, Lahore, Pakistan. Both of the attacks were carried out simultaneously by two suicide bombers who were planning to disrupt the services and take away the lives of many. Christ Church had approximately 1,500 congregants gathered during their worship service that Sunday, but the perpetrator was stopped by a young church member who was on duty as a security guard. The young boy did not let the bomber inside the church and lost his life along with at least 15 other church members who assisted him in the heroic act.
St. John’s Catholic Church was also holding its Sunday mass with 3,000 people in attendance that day. The security guard on duty also stopped the suicide bomber, yet some of the church members still lost their lives or became severely injured. Unfortunately, at least 22 people were killed and 36 were severely injured as a result of the tragic attack.
Tired of the oppression and the constant attacks from Muslim radicals, many Christians decided to protest against these incidents. However, as tensions grew, the mob lynched two suspects who were close to the suicide bombers. This particular event gave the government and the media the perfect excuse to start an unjustifiable and brutal crackdown on all Christians, even those who did not participate in the protests. The authorities started breaking into people’s houses to take them to jail, where they were then tortured because of their Christian faith. Even after two and a half years since the incident, Christians are still being condemned for protesting the attack, especially if they are from the Lahore area.
This was the situation that Adam Maloof experienced after he was tortured and beaten by his Muslim supervisor for being a Christian from Youhanabad. Adam was fired by his supervisor because he believed that Adam participated in the mob that killed the two Muslims in 2015. Unfortunately, Adam never had the courage to press charges because his supervisor was an active member of a radical group in Pakistan.
This incident brought a financial burden on Adam and his family. Therefore, after learning about Adam’s situation, ICC joined hands with a local organization to show him that he is not alone. Thanks to the support of generous donors, ICC was able to provide a food package to the Maloof family and help Adam set up a small wholesale candy business. This will allow Adam to provide for his family and avoid employment discrimination because of his religion.
Adam was very grateful for the assistance as he expressed his gratitude, “I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to ICC and HFO. It’s a pleasure to declare that both organizations are truly blessed. I am very grateful to ICC and HFO who support me. I give thanks to the Lord.”
Please pray for Adam to be a good steward of the resources God has provided to him. Remember to also pray for his family’s safety and spiritual life since they live in a country where Christians are constantly threatened. Ask God to use Adam and his family as a testimony for others to see how great His mercy, power, and love are for all.