Many of you will have read about the recent attack on three Anglican priests as they drove home from a service at All Saints Church, Peshawar. One priest was killed instantly, one escaped uninjured and a third has gunshot wounds to the hand. In 2013, All Saints was also the scene of a terrorist attack that left 127 worshippers dead and more than 200 injured.
We are mounting a short-term, targeted appeal to provide financial support to the families of those affected. The Anglican Missions Board supports this initiative.
We are in contact with Bishop Kaleem John, Bishop of the Diocese of Hyderabad in southern Pakistan, whose brother, Rev Patrick is the injured priest. Bishop Kaleem was a participant in the 2015 Christian Leaders’ Course we ran at the Anglican Centre in Rome when Archbishop Emeritus Sir David Moxon was Director of the ACR. New Zealand also has strong links with Peshawar through CMS.
We will collect the donations and then forward the total to Anglican Missions who will remit the amount directly to the Diocese of Hyderabad. All donations will be acknowledged. We will close the appeal on February 28 2022.
If you would like to contribute, please email us at email@example.com or phone us on 06 35 87824 for account and reference details.
Bishop Kaleem writes:
Rev Patrick is in a kind of trauma and his family under pressure and fear… I came to Peshawar yesterday to support them.
Please keep them in your prayers. We need to pray not just for their well-being but also for their safety and protection of the family. They want to leave Peshawar to get away from pressure and fear because the Rev. Patrick is the eyewitness of that barbaric killing and have seen the killer which put him in a dangerous situation... For the last two days they were trying hard to deal with the fear.
Please also pray for the bereaved family that God may grant them peace and comfort.
I may take the family of Patrick to some safe place for a few weeks to get away from the tense situation… Eventually I have to make their travel arrangements to fly to Karachi and then to Hyderabad by road… I am going to provide reasonable accommodation in my Diocese.
My Diocese will spend money for their travelling, food and other day to day expenses. Then the financial support will be paid back to the diocese. Any financial help for them will go to the Diocesan account and then it will be spent on them until they are relocated somewhere abroad for secured life.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration of this request. We are happy for you to spread the word about the appeal and to contact us if you require more information.
Rev John & Jenny Hornblow
All Saints’ Palmerston North