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Pastor William Siraj - Photo: All Saints' Church
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Photo: All Saints' Church Peshawar, Pakistan

Two pastors were leaving All Saints' Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, together after the January 30th service when their car was ambushed by gunmen riding a motorcycle. Pastor William Siraj was fatally shot, and Pastor Patrick Naeem needed to be rushed to the hospital where he was treated and then released.

At last report, police were expanding their search for the attackers, though no one has claimed responsibility. Government leaders have expressed their anger and determination to find those involved, stating that "the Christian community will not be left alone."

The late Pastor William, a senior lay leader in the region, led worship at three different Church of Pakistan parishes. Pastor Patrick, the leader who miraculously survived the attack, serves as priest of All Saints' Church. In 2013, this same church was the site of a suicide attack that left more than 80 Christians dead (see this page).

Even in her grief, Pastor William's daughter was able to say, "I praise God and am so proud that I am the daughter of a martyr and the wife of a martyr too." Her husband happened to be one of the victims of the 2013 attack.

Please remember Pastor William's family and congregants as they mourn their loss, asking the Lord to continue comforting them with His reassuring presence. Praise Him for helping these believers to process their grief with an eternal perspective, mindful of the Scriptural truth that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). Pray that those responsible for this attack will be held to account, so they will realize the seriousness of their crimes and come to a point of sincere repentance. May this situation provide an opportunity for the perpetrators, and many other citizens in Pakistan, to discover the blessed hope that is found in Jesus Christ.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC partners to train Christian women in sewing skills throughout Pakistan to provide a sustainable source of income for their families and encourage them in their faith and witness for Christ.

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Women’s Ministry

Country Information

Population
238,181,034 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Punjabi (44.7), Pashtun [Pathan] (15.4), Sindhi (14.1), Saraiki (8.4) Muhajirs (7.6) Balochi (3.6), Other (6.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (96.5), Other - Christian and Hindu (3.5)

Leader
President Arif Alvi (2018)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Common law system with Islamic law influence

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Pakistan

Pray that amendments will be made to Pakistan's existing blasphemy laws so that the country's citizens – including its children – will be protected from injustice and abuse. May our Lord's mercy and justice prevail, not only in the judiciary system but also in the hearts of the country's militants. Ask Him to transform their "hearts of stone" into hearts that are receptive to His love, mercy and the workings of His Holy Spirit – not only for the purpose of protecting the Christian minority but also for the salvation of their own eternal souls.

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