Pakistan church members gather for services

Nando Media/Associated Press

The Protestant congregation who survived a grenade attack in Islamabad in mid-March joined together the Sunday following the attack to celebrate Palm Sunday. According to a recent article, "Even after all they had been through... this community... wanted to start putting their church—and their lives—back together.

"So, they borrowed the palm-festooned sanctuary at St. Thomas' Church... And they began anew. Some stood up one at a time to offer prayers, many beginning with the words, 'Thank you, Lord.' They thanked other people, too, like a special Pakistani police unit investigating the case who, together with investigators from the US Embassy, sat in the back of the church..."

One of the parishioners, Mark Robinson, 32, of San Clemente, California, who was wounded in the [attack] and who works for a non-governmental organization, attended the service with his family. Despite government warnings to Americans to leave the country, Robinson said he would not leave Pakistan. "I still believe," he said. "My life is in God's hands."

Danica Kirka
"Pakistan Church Parishioners Return After Grenade Attack"
Nando Media/Associated Press
March 24, 2002

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