Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The lonely little Church in Al-Qaeda infested part of Pakistan

Even when surrounded by headchoppers, Christians believe in proclaiming the goodness inherent in all of us, whether it  be in tiny miniscule quantities or in  immeasurable tonnes ...and they do it by celebrating the birth of their Leader in no uncertain terms.

 "The lights are all up,  and the choir boys are ready. The church is looking its best," said 60-year-old Alam, a former missionary who has celebrated his last ten Christmases there. "There's not much left to do but to pray and rejoice.".....

...."When the US went into Kabul, things became bad for everyone. But we are safe here. The army protects us," says Shaan Masih, who helps clean the church and likes to play the drums and sing carols.

For two decades, the church was little more than a room and the tiny community worshipped there under light protection. In 2009, the army set up a base in South Waziristan as part of the offensive against the insurgency and invited the church inside.....

....The small blue and white church building has been freshly painted and the main hall covered in new ceramic tiles. A small chandelier hangs from the ceiling and a cloth spread over the altar reads: "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."....

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