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Peril in Pakistan

Christian families attacked by a mob need our help.

A Community Crushed

In Pakistan, 5,000 radical Muslims recently went on a rampage attacking Jaranwala, a Christian suburb of Faisalabad. They set at least 26 churches on fire and damaged or destroyed at least 196 homes.

The fires have died down, the mob dispersed, and the destruction has stopped. And now, our work begins. 

Our staff has been on the scene since the attack, surveying the damage, talking with survivors, and handing out emergency supplies such as food, cooking utensils, and soap. We are just getting started.

We need to raise $500k to help supply shelter and repair and rebuild Pakistani Christians’ livelihoods.

$500,000 Needed 

Families are relying on your generosity. Your donation can be the lifeline they need to rebuild their homes, businesses, and lives in the face of adversity. Help us reach our goal! 

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The violence took place in the Christian community of Jaranwala, a city in Punjab and home to about 150,000 residents.  

A Muslim man made a false blasphemy charge against a Christian teen – that the teen had allegedly desecrated the Quran. The charge was made after a dispute over a business transaction between the two. 

Either the Muslim man who felt offended, or someone close to him who heard about the transaction, traveled to another location to share what had happened. Word spread within the Muslim community.  

Muslims mostly outside of Jaranwala traveled to the area and a mob of about 5,000 began to attack the Christian community. Witnesses said that men on motorcycles brought flammable materials to set homes, churches, and businesses on fire.  

The tenor of the mob, aside from the false blasphemy charge, was that Christians were undermining Muslims and Pakistan’s identity as a Muslim nation.

 

Our rebuilding plan

Families, many with small children, who could not return to their damaged homes slept in tents in fields.   

Government officials have been working hard to silence the media about the incident. They are going after anyone who shares footage of the incident on social media including TikTok. Christians continue to be harassed, arrested, and interrogated.  

The government has arrested more than 100 Muslim attackers. Their fate and sentencing remain uncertain, but the arrests are seen more as a public relations stunt than justice.  

The government has issued checks of $6,575 to about 40 Christian families to offset expenses. The cost to rebuild homes will be much greater. Some families, including pastors, are using their checks to help other Christians.  

International Christian Concern (ICC) was one of the first organizations on the scene and to supply aid. ICC and other ministries are working together to share information, coordinate resources, and ensure that organizations are not duplicating efforts. 

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

– 1 Corinthians 12:12

Help these Christian Families today

Your gift of any amount will help hand out emergency supplies such as food, provide shelter for 200 displaced families, and rebuild the community. 

  • $200 provides food for an entire family. 
  • $350 sets up temporary housing for a displaced family.
  • $1,000 contributes to repairing damaged churches.
  • $2,500  helps start a small business for a family.

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