The assault caught Pastor Aziz and his household off guard. Luckily, a police officer was strolling alongside the road and noticed the lads break into Pastor Aziz’s home. The officer and his reinforcements rescued the household from their attackers.
Pastor Aziz, his spouse, and their daughter escaped with minor accidents, although they solely have the garments on their backs. They’re now homeless because the attackers seized Pastor Aziz’s property.
Allen believes Pastor Aziz was focused due to his Muslim background and the actual fact he has a thriving ministry making God’s reality recognized amongst native Muslims.
“Pastor Aziz, who himself had come out of a Muslim background, has been evangelizing and church planting in the province of Balochistan,” Allen says.
In Balochistan, Pastor Aziz planted three church buildings and has outpost ministries alongside the Iranian border.
“These Muslim militants want to see that stopped. But we are very glad that he is alive and he is determined to continue his ministry, even though he now has no home,” Allen says.
Hope Regardless of Terror
Regardless of the potential harm this assault might have brought about, Allen reviews Pastor Aziz’s congregations and ministries haven’t been put in danger. Nevertheless, that is the third assault he has suffered this 12 months, although it’s the first to occur at his residence. Moreover, this specific assault stirs up traumatic recollections from the previous.
“Greater than 15 years in the past, he has a son who was five-years-old who was kidnapped, once more, due to the household’s religion in Jesus Christ. And Aziz and Ruhab have by no means seen him since.
“They know the private loss and what the associated fee is of following Jesus Christ in Pakistan. [It] does not make it simpler, however when a state of affairs like this happens, it brings previous traumas as much as the floor. So, we need to pray for his or her emotional therapeutic,” Allen explains.
“Aziz has considered that all of his belong[ings] are lost to him, but he fully understands he is not lost to God. Even though he has been crying on the phone as he pours out his heart…Aziz’s spirits remain high.”
Pray for God’s safety of Pastor Aziz, his household, and his congregation. Pray for his or her bodily and emotional therapeutic. Additionally, pray this case would grow to be a possibility for Pastor Aziz’s church buildings to take care of and serve their pastor. Ask God to guard and bless the properties which host Pastor Aziz as he and his household rebuild.
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