A BIG thank-you to all of you who have contacted us in the last 24 hrs, We have felt your love and concern for us and we are very grateful. We are safe. Asaph had arrived back from Islamabad a day earlier where there is widespread unrest due to a man who had been hanged a couple of weeks ago. We were at home at the time of the blast. While we are physically safe, this has added extra stress in an already stressful environment in which we live. Today we were going to the grocery store for shopping….canceled. Tomorrow is our weekly fellowship/prayer meeting…..canceled. Lynn and girls will have to stay at home for the coming days maybe weeks. Asaph will have to do all of the outside work for this time. Homeschooling and housework will go on, as normal, but the thought that the girls CAN’T go out will nag on all of us. And yet we trust God to provide all that we need.
Yesterday was a very beautiful spring day here in Lahore. We went to Church as usual in the morning, brought some of the girls friends home with us after the service, ate burgers at Hardees and played in the yard all afternoon, a typical Sunday for us. Then Asaph’s cousin in Islamabad called to tell us that they were not able to go to church because of protesting on the streets. The news had not reported anything in the morning, so we were surprised. We watched the news and thought that it was an isolated incident in the capital city. Later in the afternoon the same relative called us back and told us not to leave the house because a bomb had exploded in Lahore. And now they knew that it was an attack on Christians celebrating Easter at a popular local park. This was also retaliation against the government who had hung a criminal about a couple of weeks ago. The man who was hanged killed the Governor who had openly spoken against the blasphemy law, which is used to suppress minority Christians.
This morning the news confirms what we expected, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for this bombing and vows to continue. The government has once again promised that they will eradicate terrorism from the country. Fifteen men have been arrested as of this morning, including the suicide bombers brothers.
Thank you for your prayers and your continued support of our work to be a light in a very dark place.
Asaph and Lynn
Click the links below to read news stories of the Easter day suicide bombing.