Bible Society in Northern Ireland

Flooding in Pakistan

Waiting for help (Source BBC)Despite our experience of flooding over the past winter in Northern Ireland, we cannot begin to comprehend the scale of the devastation, fear and uncertainty currently being experienced by the people of North-West Pakistan.

The severity of the rain, the worst in 80 years, has devastated a huge area of the country, washed entire villages away and affected millions of people - and this is just the beginning of the monsoon season. At present people are clinging on to life, using high ground to protect them from the floodwater, with many reluctant to leave their ancestral land. As well as a growing number of lives lost, many homes have been destroyed and all possessions lost. The people are waiting for help, as they are in no position to help themelves.

In such situations, the world in general, and Christians in particular, have a duty to help. The Bible Society of Pakistan is already developing a holistic programme to complement the efforts of the International Aid agencies. The Bible Society of Pakistan is working to provide practical materials to meet immediate needs and, as appropriate, Scripture editions that tell of God's love for those in distress.

Bible Society staff member Justin Nassir has said, “Provided we get sufficient funding, we can provide survivors with food, water, medicines, blankets, soap and towels. We are also planning to print 50,000 copies of a Scripture booklet designed to provide encouragement to those who have lost so much.” With support, they will hope to do much more in response to this tragedy.

If you would like to help them in this effort, you can send a gift through the Bible Society in Northern Ireland. All donations received will be transmitted to BS Pakistan's Emergency project.

Gifts can be made by Credit Card by telephoning us on (028) 9032 6577, or by cheque (payable to BSNI) sent to Bible House, 27 Howard Street, Belfast BT1 6NB.

If you would like to receive further information or suggestions for prayer, this can all be obtained by sending an email to Projects@bsni.co.uk

 

 

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