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Church burned, Christian found dead in Pakistan

by Staff
September 21, 2009
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( - On September 11, a mob of Muslims burned down a church building in the village of Jaithikey, Punjab province after a Christian man allegedly blasphemed the Qur'an.

Two homes near the church were looted in the attack. The Muslims were earlier encouraged at the mosque to "give a lesson to the Christians." The 20-year-old Christian man, Fanish, was arrested on September 12 for provoking a young Muslim woman and throwing away a copy of the Qur'an.

On the evening of September 14, Fanish's body was found hanging in his jail cell. Although his death has the appearance of suicide, local Christians believe the visible signs of torture on his body indicate that he was killed.

Pray for those mourning the loss of Fanish. Pray that the Lord will equip Christians in Punjab province to boldly proclaim His name (2 Corinthians 1:8-9). We invite you to stand in solidarity with Fanish's loved ones by posting a prayer on their behalf on our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at

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