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BPCA begins home church for Urdu worshippers in Sri Lanka

After a desire for a local Urdu Church in their vicinity a group of Pakistani Christian asylum seekers initiated a home church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, with some help from the British Pakistani Christian Association.   A group of over 30 individuals met at the home of our lead officer Tussawar Khan.  The service was presided over by Pastor Pervez who is an asylum seeker himself. After the service food and drink were served and food vouchers were given to the many families which we have now been distributing monthly, since Wilson Chowdhry our chairman visited Sri Lanka in December 2016. Their are believed to be close to 500...

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Ethnic minority ordinations provide opportunity for better Christian engagement with minorities in the North

Newly ordained Shahriar Ashrafkorasani and Wilson Chowdhry Last Saturday I was pleasantly surprised to find two Pakistani Christians being ordained within the Church of England at Blackburn Cathedral.  My reason for the visit to the north of England was to meet my friend Shahriar Ashrafkorasani a convert from Islam who graduated from  Wycliffe College at Oxford University and was also ordained at Saturday's ceremony.  He will soon be taking up a curacy in Preston.   The ceremony was presided over by the Bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson and Rev'd Dr Rosalyn Murphy of St Thomas Church in Blackpool led the sermon. ...

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Televised UK parliamentary debate on Christian persecution brings hope for change

Today a much awaited debate on Christian Persecution was held at Westminster Hall - surprisingly it was attended by a large number of MPs.   The last time a debate like this was held was around five years ago and many believe the debate was long overdue. A full debate intro and pack can be read by clicking (here) The event was championed by MP Jim Shannon of the DUP who is of course Chairman of the All Parliamentary Party for International Religious Freedom and was presided over by MP Hanson Shadow Police and Justice Minister and also Shadow Treasury Minister . Dame Caroline Spelman who is Second Church Estates Commissioner quest...

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Mosques should be presided over by British-born imams inquiry report states!

Image of Together Stronger event organised in Ilford by the British Pakistani Christian Association A report produced by charity 'Citizens Uk' (click here) has concluded that mosques in the UK must appoint British-born imams who speak fluent English and understand British culture.   The report suggests that imam that fit such a profile are more likely to be 'fit for purpose' and will help parishioners understand how to fit into 'modern British life.' The report was produced to examine the participation of the Islamic community in public life. The report was very clear on the fact that many of the imams working in the UK were born, liv...

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Sexual harassment of Christian woman by official at Pak Embassy in Thailand may have been undertaken by serial offender!

Wilson Chowdhry submits letter of complaint at Pakistan Embassy. On 6th June 2017 British Pakistani Christian Association revealed the sordid actions of an official named Ayaz deployed at the Pakistani Embassy in Thailand.  Ayaz holds a senior position at the Embassy where he is responsible for machine-readable passport processing and was caught on audio via a secret recording device trying to seduce and sexually harass a 23 year old Christian asylum seeker woman seeking a new passport.   When visiting the Pakistan Embassy in Thailand to seek a passport renewal Maherwar was asked to attend a private meeting to discuss her options. &n...

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152 Pakistani Civillians burnt to death after oil tanker explosion tragedy

At least 152 people were burnt to death and over 140 more were injured after an oil tanker slid of Ahmedpur Sharqi Road a main thoroughfare.  The tanker exploded some 30 minutes after it had slid of the road but only after a mass rush of local people ensued all intent on collecting spilled fuel.   The incident occurred within Bahawalpur's Ahmedpur East Town, on Sunday morning around 8am (4am GMT). Injured people were taken to Bahawal Victoria Hospital and and District Headquarters Hospital Sharqia in critical condition, but neither hospital has a special burns unit and the death toll is expected to rise. Most of those taken to the hospita...

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Together Stronger - Redbridge fights back at extremism!

Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and other people of faith and no faith came together too stand defiant against the extremism and hatred that has shocked and stunned Londoners over the the last four months.  Terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Finsbury Park have highlighted an unfortunate increase in polarisation within British society.   A public meeting was organised by the British Pakistani Christian Association in the aftermath of the London Bridge Attack, and saw over 30 local people in attendance.  Visitors spoke of concern over Police raids in Ilford and several arrests of su...

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Christian engineer accused of blasphemy after causing offence to Muslim by seeking payment for work carried out!

Mehwish Bhatti BPCA Lead Pakistan officer with the family of Ishfaq. There is no end to the misery of Christians in Pakistan - in the latest debacle the draconian blasphemy laws of Pakistan have been used against an engineer named Ishfaq Masih after he simply asked for payment for repairing a Muslim clients motorcycle. Mr Masih is the father of a two year old son.On 15 June 2017, Muhammad Irfan, an important and wealthy man in his community visited the shop of Ishfaq Masih (23 years), seeking repairs to his motorbike. Image of Mr Masih's shop and home which is now firmly shut. Mr Masih agreed to undertake the work and hours later after having completing...

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A mother's message that brings hope to us all.

Recently we received a touching message about the power of prayer.  A mother whose son survived the recent London Bridge bomb attack reminds us that in our time of greatest need our only hope is in God, in whom we must retain our trust.  We post it here with permission whilst protecting her anonymity. Dear Sir, Thank you for your update, please read this to encourage you in your prayers. My son was involved in the London Bridge attack. His firm has a branch on London Bridge and they had just finished work. At 22.22 I received a text from him saying he was locked in the toilets in a pub and there was shooting outside but ...

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Together Stronger Candlelight Vigil to Restore Peace and Unity in Redbridge

A candlelight peace vigil will be held from 7pm outside Ilford Town Hall on Thursday 22nd June 2017. The event organised by the British Pakistani Christian Association, brings together people of all faiths and none in an attempt to restore peace in London. A two hour unity summit took place last night at Clementswood Community Centre, after a recent spate of arrests in Ilford linked to the London terror attack and Finsbury Park Mosque attack. Several key guests were in attendance at the meeting including, Sheikh Khalid, Imam at the Albayan Welfare Centre on Green Lane, Mark Glazer Chairman of the London Community Watch Trust, Saji...

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