Pakistan: Christian Missionary Attacked
The leadership of the church have been receiving death threats. The Christian community is in shock and feels vulnerable.
An unidentified gunman shot a Swedish missionary and charity worker in Lahore, Pakistan, on December 3, 2012. Seventy year-old Sister Bargeeta Almeby was attacked outside her residence at Model Town while coming back from her office, and rushed to the Jinnan hospital.
Sister Bargeeta Almeby
For the last 37 years Sister Bargeete Almeby has lived in Pakistan, immersed in the local language and culture. A teacher by profession, she has been serving the country by running adult literacy programs, hostels, schools for orphans and technical training programs under the auspices of the Full Gospel Assemblies Church.
The leadership of FGA Church have reported receiving death threats.
Although the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has condemned the attack, the Christian community is in shock and feels vulnerable.
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