By Jan Fearing
“I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.” (Rev 6:9b)
The recent killings in Pakistan hit closer to home for us here in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. On March 15, 2015, radical Muslim terrorist bombers attacked two churches in Lahore, Pakistan.
And one man made a difference.
Zahid Yousaf was part of the security group that day for his Roman Catholic Church in Lahore. On March 15, he saw a terrorist running to enter the building. He rushed forward to stop him. Zahid was shot, but before he died he was able to halt the progress of the killer, who exploded himself outside the building. If the terrorist had been able to get inside the crowded building, he could have killed the hundreds of Christians who had taken cover.
This extraordinary man, Zahid Yousaf, was the cousin of Ruby Ilyas, wife of Ilyas Masih, who leads of the All Neighbors Mission sponsored by the Church of the Holy Spirit Anglican in Leesburg, VA.
Zahid was killed that day, martyred, saving the lives of hundreds of Christians.
Lahore, Pakistan, is shaking with violence. Crimes of retribution and the dysfunction of the police and government (and their unwillingness to pursue justice in crimes against Christians and other minorities) have combined to produce ongoing tragedy. To read more about the situation, click here.
Ilyas Masih is determined to help the Christians of Pakistan. He has been preparing to return back to Pakistani this month to host an event there for Easter, but now wants to extend that mission to include aid for the 78 injured from the bombings in Lahore, many of whom are poor and have no means to pay hospital bills. He also wants to help the families of those who were martyred that day. He is hoping to bring $5,000 to share with them.
Please consider making a donation to All Neighbors to help. Please pray for Ilyas and the Christians in Pakistan. Our prayers truly make a difference.
To donate to All Neighbors for this mission trip, please click here: https://pushpay.com/pay/holyspiritanglican/
In the “Giving Type” field, chose All Neighbors.
You may also mail your check to Church of the Holy Spirit Anglican (908 Trailview Blvd, Suite 200, Leesburg VA 20175), with “All Neighbors” on memo line.
Jan Fearing is a member of Church of the Holy Spirit Anglican in Leesburg, VA.
April 23, 2015: Update from Ilyas Masih
Dear All Neighbors Friends and Family,