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Sunday 6 January 2013

Jumpers and a Christmas Party for Children persecuted for their faith in Rimsha's village.

A young girl receives a Christmas gift of a jumper to keep her warm during the cold winter.

In all 24 children were given a Christmas meal and warm jumpers.

During Christmas Shamim Masih visited poor Christian children from different slum settlements, and shared gifts of clothes and food with them. We organised several Christmas parties and invited local children working with the local Sunday School teachers who provided support and assistance.  In this particular article we show the visit to Rimsha Masih's village where local Muslims still incensed by the perceived escape from justice of Rimsha Maish, have been harassing Christians and have even banned Christmas decorations and festive lighting on threat of attack!  (read more here)  We could not use music, decorations or lights at our Christmas parties due to threats form local Muslims!  Even then we have been advised that the children really enjoyed themselves. 

This Christian-populated area of Islamabad lacks basic facilities. The water supply is limited and cannot meet local demand, electricity outages are common and the sewage system is uncovered - sewer water can be seen  flowing on the main boulevard. Almost all the streets are in a dilapidated condition.  The situation of this community has been ignored by mainstream charities and only recently has a recognised media group written about their plight (read more here).

Much more aid is required and we again appeal to our members for donations towards the upkeep of this beleaguered community.  We need to buy coats and food and would like to invest in sanitary and drainage equipment.  There is also dire need of educational facilities to help aid the next generation away from this abject poverty they find themselves in, through no fault of their own. 

The BPCA will continue it's fund to assist this community, if you would like to contribute please use the details below:

"Families of Rimsha Fund" (Please use the fund name as a reference) you can pay several ways;
Pay by using the PayPal facility on the top right hand corner of our blog and electronic means of transfer will be initiated when you click donate written in the yellow oval. 

You can also send your contributions by cheque payable to;

British Pakistani Christian Association.
Address : British Pakistani Christian Association
57 Green Lane
IG1 1XG 

Alternatively should you wish you can pay by BACS, direct debit or standing order by paying into the following account details: 

Sort Code: 20-67-90 
Account Number: 63468976

Shamim Masih was like the BPCA Santa Claus handing out gifts wherever he went.

These Children won't receive many gifts at Christmas.

Happy children received practical gifts.

Children persecuted for their faith were pleased with their gifts.

Shamim described how poor many of these children are.

All the children were invited to share a Christmas meal together.

For the children simply being able to celebrate Christmas together and without threat was a happy moment.

Shamim will continue his visits with gifts.

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