Due to complications with sending money to Pakistan, donations are not currently tax deductible. Tax-exempt status is being pursued but is not yet in place. Donations made to First Methodist Carrollton will be sent on to the church in Pakistan for the children’s care on a monthly basis. Please do not combine donations for the children’s home with other church contributions but write a separate check. Click below to donate through PayPal.
Over 127 Pakistani Christians were killed and 250 were injured in the aftermath of twin suicide bombings at All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sunday, September 22, 2013. The attack devastated the 600-member church, taking the lives of much of the church’s workforce. Members were leaving the service and beginning a meal together when the bombs went off. Children were still in their areas of the church, so families were separated at the time of the blasts. Many elderly people and young children are left without any means of support; about 50 children were orphaned by the attack.
Samuel and Balquis Pashi, of Plano, Texas, immigrated to the United States from Peshawar fifteen years ago after their lives were threatened. Today, they are members of First Methodist Carrollton, but they keep close ties with the friends and family they left behind. The Pashi family is working closely with the church leadership in Pakistan to support and educate the orphaned children and provide work and care for the elderly widows.
In June of 2014 the Pashis traveled to Peshawar, at great risk, to meet with diocese leaders and victims’ families. A home is being provided by the Diocese rent-free and another local donor is assisting with utility payments. Funds are needed on an ongoing basis for the daily needs of the children. Samuel and Balquis remain in contact, and they are committed to financial accountability so that monies donated for the children will go only to care of the children.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.