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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Does the American Church support Pakistani Christians? Alaska (I'll Ask her,heh, heh)

Young people of Alaska point to the truth that is God's word!
The State of Alaska resembles a pointing finger!

On Wednesday 28th September Christian Youth in Anchorage, Alsaka showed their passion for the persecuted Church of Pakistan by adorning our BPCA wrist bands - calling for freedom for Asia Bibi and remembering Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti.  

The youth of the church have been praying for Asia Bibi for almost two years after hearing of her awful plight.  The local youth leader Marvin Hadenfelt wanted to raise awareness of the issue and purchased 40 wrist bands so young people from the Adventure club within the church, could engage with others on the issues regarding Asia's captivity.  

Mr Hadenfelt has sent a picture with great symbolism and described the ideology infused within it:

  • We have our hands in a pointing pose which resembles our state of Alaska.
  • We are in a circle which has no beginning and no end, like God.
  • We are wearing our bands to show support for Asia Bibi and to remember Shahbaz Bhatti and to remind us to be praying for Pakistan.
  • We point to the Bible, God's Word.  We pray that Pakistan will hear the Word of the Lord and come to saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
  • The carpet is a stone pattern, so we do all this on and through God, our solid Rock.
In those few lines and heartfelt sentiment Sand Lake Baptist Church have said much about their love for our persecuted community. In our comfortable existences in the west many forget the tormented lives that many suffer in countries with a weaker stance on human rights.  Here we see a church that is focused on engaging with the next generation to develop committed Christian's with a desire to see good in the world. 

On receiving this story the BPCA was moved by the exhibited passion of this church so far away in distance from Pakistan yet so close to the truth of the real plight that Christian's face there.  

Mr Hadenfelt sent these verses form the bible that hopefully will spur hope amongst our beleaguered brothers and sisters living in Pakistan and their loving global family of Christians:

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."   Matthew 5:10-12  ESV

We were also reminded by Mr Hadenfelt that November 13 is International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church in America, held in the UK on 6th November.  Please remember Pakistan on these important day's set aside for corporate prayer.

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