Pakistan (MNN) — While the world watches ISIS continue its stronghold in Syria and Iraq, it’s now reaching out into other parts of the region.
Fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are now in complete control of the city of Derna: population of about 100,000, not far from the Egyptian border and just about 200 miles from the southern shores of the European Union.
Now, we’re hearing from Christian workers in Pakistan that the country may be the next to fall. Bruce Allen with Forgotten Missionaries International says, “The Taliban have already sworn allegiance to ISIS. So, it’s bound to happen in the next one month to six months.”
That’s not the worst of the problems. “Pakistan is a nuclear power. And if the government or military falls, things will get very bad if the nuclear weapons fall into rouge hands.”
(Listen to the complete interview with Bruce Allen below)
U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf is an advocate for religious freedom around the world. He agrees with Allen. He’s puzzled by why nobody is talking about this. “It’s just kind of getting out of control, and it’s almost like nobody’s really doing anything about it.” Especially the United States.
In the past, the U.S. was a neutralizer. Wolf says those opposed to ISIS are afraid, especially now. “America’s credibility, reputation, and strength seem to be–it’s painful to say this–at an all-time low around the world. They don’t hear the United States speaking out. They don’t hear the President speaking out.”
Ultimately, Congressman Wolf says, “I think the responsibility really rests with the church in the West. We are fundamentally failing, and for the longest period of time the church in the West has been relatively silent.”
Allen says that’s only part of the problem. “We in the West tend to value our comfort, and convenience, and things like that; however, the media plays a part in that. If the church was more aware of what was actually happening, I think they’d get more galvanized.”
Allen says if ISIS takes over, Christians will face more persecution, and ministries in Pakistan will be forced to close or go underground. That’s why your financial support and prayers are needed now. “We want to make sure that before it gets worse, our staff are really prepared to continue serving in the midst of chaos.”
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Listen to MNN’s Greg Yoder talking with U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia here.