Pastor killed in home attack

By April 9, 2004

Pakistan (VOM/MNN)– Voice of the Martyrs has recently learned that the pastor of a small church was killed on April 2 by a shotgun fired at point blank range at his home in Manawala, near Lahore, Pakistan.

George Masih, wife Aniata and four children were watching the JESUS film in their home around noon. When the movie finished and Aniata opened the door to go outside, two masked attackers burst in. One grabbed Aniata while the other shot George in the face and then hit him with the butt of the gun.

Masih had been a Christian for seven years and was active in ministering for the Lord. Two years ago, they moved to Manawala to plant a church there. Their work, however, drew the anger of a Muslim neighbour, Shokat Ali. Ali urged the landlord to evict the Masih family and had threatened to kill Masih if he continued preaching.

About three hundred people gathered for the funeral, including many Muslims who had been blessed by Masih’s ministry.

Aniata told VOM sources, “I need the prayers of my brothers and sisters that I may be strengthened by the Lord our God to bear this loss.”

Aniata has four children, ages eight, four, two and one. Pray for Aniata and the children as they deal with this terrible loss. Pray that the ministry begun in Manawala will continue and that many will come to faith in Jesus Christ, despite this tragedy.

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