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Christians protest the violence against them
Photo from Compass Direct
Dozens of Christians were attacked by a mob of Muslims militants in Gujarat district, Punjab province, Pakistan on September 23. Approximately 40 Muslims -- some armed with guns and others with axes and clubs -- rampaged through the streets. They fired shots at homes and individuals in the streets and beat some Christians so severely that they were left for dead. Among the believers targeted in the violence was Tariq Gill, a man exonerated of charges of blaspheming the Qur'an in September 2009. Tariq's parents were also assaulted -- his mother was stripped naked and dragged through the streets. At last report, several critically injured Christians were receiving hospital care. (Source: Compass Direct)

Pray for healing for the victims of this brutal violence. Pray that authorities will act justly and with integrity in this case. Pray that suffering Christians in Pakistan will take comfort in the promise of the Lord that those who suffer with Christ will also be glorified with Him (Romans 8:17-18).

For more on the persecuted Church in Pakistan, go to the Pakistan Country Report.