As unrest continues in the Sub Continent, Christians are facing the fear for their lives. As reported by many news agencies, Pakistani Christians are victims of mob violence and the local police are unable to cope with the onslaught of hate.
But that is not the only violence that is happening in Asia. Fr. James Mukalel was murdered while retuning from a funeral in Karnatka India and A pastor of an evangelical church, Habibur Rahan, was seized by police and beaten, burned and tortured in Banlidesh. Authorities claim that nothing happened. Photos of the dead priest were posted by media and interviews with witnesses to the beating ignored.
In Alexandria Egypt, another teen girl was kidnapped and efforts to find her are thwarted by Muslin Police failing to aid in her recovery. Islamic man claims to have her at an undisclosed location and will return her if she converts to Islam. The last girl who was kidnapped, was never returned. The names of the two girls are: Amira Morgan (age 17), and Ingy Basta (age 18).
In another area of concern, UN Food and Agriculture Organization released new figures on hunger. Most severe hunger and poverty in Asia, Sub Sahara Africa and Pacific result in political and religious unrest. Sixty-eight nations have pledged $20 Billion to ease the suffering. But that is not enough.
Pray for relief and support those agencies that provide food and medical aid for those who have the most need. Pray for the return of reason to the nations of unrest.
One bit of good news for my family, My son Luke and his wonderful and funny wife, Julia are expecting another child in Spring! We are wonderfully surprised and overjoyed at the thought of another grandchild. Pray for a comfortable pregnancy
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (ESV)