To Our Christian Brothers and Sisters in Pakistan
By Thomas Kemper*
We share your grief and sense of outrage that this (2017) Advent Season, when we prepare for the birth of the Prince of Peace at Christmas, has been violated by the terrorist attack that took the lives of nine worshippers and wounded more than 40 others, during a service in Quetta on Sunday, December 17. We pray for the families that lost loved ones, for the congregation of the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, a congregation of the Church of Pakistan, a union denomination and our mission partner, and for the often persecuted Christian minority of Pakistan. We also pray for the transformation of those who attack Christian or any religious group that they may forfeit hatred for the blessings of compassion and goodwill. We also call upon civil authorities in Pakistan to increase security for Christian churches and community in the face of threats from the self-declared Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorists.
The United Methodist Church
Thomas Kemper, General Secretary
December 18, 2017
Read the statement of the World Methodist Council about the bombing online at http://worldmethodistcouncil.org.
*Thomas Kemper is the general secretary of Global Ministries.