What strikes me most about the video clip is the perfect ordinariness of the people involved. Sometimes we imagine people and situations that are quite unrealistic when we try to capture in our minds what such attacks must look like. But here we see perfectly ordinary looking men trying to get into a walled compound in order massacre perfectly ordinary women & children - one even seems to hurt his leg as he jumps over the gate - while some other perfectly ordinary looking men try to stop them.
Perfectly ordinary men slowed the advance of perfectly ordinary looking, but entirely merciless, killers and saved peoples' lives. Perfectly ordinary people like you and me. It's good to remember that.
Pre-Christmas Attack on Quetta Church Kills Nine Pakistani Christians, injures over 50
Two Islamist terrorists attacked the Sunday morning service at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan yesterday, 17 December. At least nine Christians died at the church or in hospital from their injuries, including women and children. There was a sustained gunfight with security forces and one of the terrorists blew himself up at the church entrance; another was shot dead. Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Rev. Simon, the pastor of the church, was in tears, unable to speak, when Wilson Saraj, Barnabas Fund’s Regional Coordinator called him soon after the attack. Wilson had been worshipping at the same church on 8 October. Yesterday, an extra large congregation filled the church building because it is so close to Christmas. Amongst them were some of poor and needy families who receive monthly food parcels from Barnabas Fund. At least three of the feeding programme families have sustained serious loss: two fathers, on duty at the main gates of the church compound, died during the attack, and a widow remains in hospital.
Urgent prayer needed
Please pray for protection for Christians in Pakistan and around the world, as Islamic State and other Islamist terrorist groups increase their attacks for the Christmas period. A second church attack, also inspired by Islamic State, had been planned yesterday, St Petersburg, Russia, but was foiled by intelligence and security.
Siaka, a widow, is injured and in hospital. She has already lost her husband and has three sons dependent on her. Like the families of Sultan and George, she is receiving monthly food parcels from Barnabas
Please help the Christian victims in Quetta
Barnabas has sent funds for emergency help for the survivors at Quetta to help with burial, medical and other costs. Please give now to help the Christian victims of this attack.
You may donate at this link.