Our vision is to create a network of Pakistanis united in Christ, focused on better quality of life, fellowship and religious freedom for Christians in Pakistan and the UK.
Words fail to describe the horror felt by the church in Pakistan after a young Christian couple, Shahzad and his pregnant wife Shama, were brutally burnt alive and murdered near Chak 59 Village, Kot Radha Kishan, some 60km from Lahore on 4th November 2014. Their four children were left parentless following the ordeal at the hands of a huge Islamist mob, gathered from nearby villages, whose act of killing the couple attracted attention from worldwide media. The violence was sparked because Shama burnt occult amulet writings previously owned by her husband Shahzad's deceased father – and some people wrongly thought she was burning the Koran.
A mob descended on the couple's home, stripped them both naked – beat them and the wife was gang-raped before her helpless husband. A tractor was used to drag them along a rocky road before they were thrown into a 600 degree hot brick kiln and left to die. The mob nearly threw the couple's youngest child into the fire but were eventually prevented by the little conscience they had.
The average householder in Europe or the USA could never imagine not having a toilet. Access to a WC is seen almost as a natural right but Pakistani believers do not all have this same privilege. Low levels of income mean that toilets are a luxury few can afford, yet there is a dangerous risk to personal health and safety through the lack of proper hygiene facilities. That is why the BPCA intends to construct a £15,000 communal toilet facility in Jaranwala when land becomes available. We are also building five pumps in local homes and we need donations to enable us to serve 40 further Christian families. We wish to install toilets and bathroom facilities with pumps affixed to the believers' homes that will facilitate five closet clusters. .
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BPCA has continually been supporting the victims of the twin suicide bombing which occurred in Peshawar on 22nd September 2013. The attack killed over
100 people and left a further 156 long term casualties. The incident has been deemed the worst ever attack on the Pakistani Christian minority and
is commensurate with the increasing hatred resonating towards Christians residing in the Middle-East.
Our work, which has been funded by All Saints Church, Ascot and the Elim Pentecostal Mission to name but a few of the donors, has been providing free medical treatment for long term patients; we have paid for replacement limbs, wheelchairs, and airsprung mattresses for badly wounded victims who were previously sleeping on the floor; and providing nourishment packages. We have also covered the educational costs of children left orphaned or with no parent able to support them financially through the educational system, due to loss of a main breadwinner.
The need is so great and we call on people of good conscience to provide us with the funds required to bring some quality of life to a very beleaguered community.
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We are collecting funds towards two art monuments to be installed in Pakistan. We envisage the overall cost for each scheme will be £10,000.
A monument is proposed for Islamabad and will remind people in the city of the sacrifice made by Pervez Masih who sacrificed his life to save the 400 Muslim girls in the Islamic University of Islamabad on the 20th October 2009. This college janitor ran to shield students - a target for the suicide bomber who had entered the grounds of the college he worked for. In the ensuing struggle, Mr Masih was killed without any further loss of life or injury. Art has been an intrinsic factor to global legislative and cultural reform and the BPCA wish to use our monument to promote peace, hope and unity by highlighting the compassion and love shown by this Christian hero. He sacrificed his life in the pursuit of the safety of others, all of whom were of a different faith - showing that love can overcome all differences.
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Recently the BPCA has called for a cessation to Foreign aid to Pakistan and we encourage visitors to thsi site to sign our on-line petition:
Aid that is targeted at Pakistan generally, particularly in education, will almost certainly serve to perpetuate the ongoing discrimination and oppression of religious minorities, given the fact that such discrimination is endemic and inbuilt into the fabric of Pakistani society. Whilst raising levels of illiteracy is good, they say, the fact is that levels of illiteracy are far greater among Christians and other minorities than among the wider population – only seven per cent of minorities gain an adequate level of literacy.
Primary causes are the fact that due to poverty worsened by discrimination, many Christians can’t afford to send their children to school, but instead must send them out to work and earn money for the family to survive. There are free schools in Pakistan, but their standard is generally poor, and most minority parents can’t afford the travel costs as they are often in awkward areas. In addition, these schools are often in areas where Christian children are especially vulnerable whilst travelling – the kidnap, rape, and forced marriage and conversion of teenage Christian school girls whilst travelling to school is far too common an occurrence.
Even when at school, Christian children are frequently subjected to discrimination, bullying from teachers and other pupils, and are required to recite Muslim prayers. In other words, education in Pakistan is frequently Islamicising in a coercive manner. Islamic studies is mandatory, and parents are afraid of proselytising, and forced conversions of their vulnerable children, as well as the way minorities are pilloried and falsely depicted in history lessons.
A report produced by USICRF stated: "Our review of public-school textbooks and other materials has found intolerant references against religious minorities, particularly Hindus, Christians and non-Sunni forms of Islam. Fifth-grade-level textbooks have accused Hindus of dishonest dealings with Muslims. In addition, some of Pakistan's thousands of religious schools include texts with an interpretation of Islam that promotes religious extremism and provides ideological training to those involved in religiously motivated violence, both in Pakistan and abroad."
To address these problems, the BPCA is proposing a bursary to help vulnerable Christian students get into better schools, whilst having a system of monitoring by local agents to monitor the schools to make sure no bullying or inappropriate behaviour towards the children occurs. The BPCA educational benevolent fund will award bursaries to students of all levels, allowing them access to high quality schools in Pakistan, so that the most poverty stricken members of that community can find that essential voice which will empower them to live with dignity as Christians and equal citizens of Pakistan, and make them less vulnerable to exploitation through legal, economic and other mechanisms.
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