Published: 12:18 GMT Daylight Time - Monday 02 August 2010
Christians crying out for help in flood-affected Pakistan
A Christian family seeks refuge from the flooding in Pakistan
"Christians are crying out for help!" said a church leader phoning from Pakistan to Barnabas Aid today. The worst flooding in living memory has struck the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly North-West Frontier Province) as well as other parts of Pakistan, affecting over 4.5 million people. By yesterday (Sunday 1 August), the death toll had reached 1,400, with thousands of people left homeless by the torrential monsoon rainfall.
People have lost everything in the flooding and subsequent landslides. Livestock, homes and businesses have been swept away; the communication network is down; dozens of bridges have been washed away; roads and rail tracks are under water. There have also been reports of water-borne diseases such as cholera in some areas.
Helping our brothers and sisters
Christian families are seeking refuge in church buildings and Christian schools. One of our partners has counted 1120 Christian families affected by the flooding just in 12 areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
It will cost an estimated £44 to provide basics to last a family of six people for 20 days, including rice, flour, beans, pulses, dried milk, cooking oil, tea, sugar, salt, spices, soap and matches. Prices are high due to the flood itself as well as to the approach of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, which begins on 11 August and always causes prices to rise. In addition families will need plates, cups, cooking utensils, mattresses etc.
What you can do
Barnabas Aid has already sent £10,000 to assist our Christian brothers and sisters affected by flooding in both Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and Punjab Province. But much more is needed. Can you help us to help them?
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Aid, comments:
"As you pray for all affected by these devastating floods, remember especially our Christian brothers and sisters. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in north-west Pakistan and Punjab Province, which have both been badly hit by the floods, are home to many of the poorest and most marginalised Christians of Pakistan. As the Lord leads you, please give to help them in their time of need."
Donations may be made to the 00-634 Disaster Relief Fund.
If you prefer to telephone, dial: 0800 587 4006 from within the UK or +44 1672 565031 from outside the UK. Please quote project reference 00-634 (Disaster relief Fund).
For a quick donation of £3.00 by SMS (see terms and conditions here) text Barnabas/634 to 70007
- Pray for all those affected by these terrible floods, especially those who lost family members, friends and possessions. Pray that those who are currently homeless will be provided with shelter soon.
- Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters, that they will look to the Lord Jesus for comfort and protection in this situation and that He will give them strength and guidance. Pray too that He will meet their material and spiritual needs.