- Sunday Classes: 9 a.m.
- Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.
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 United Methodist Church 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, and the surviving church members cannot absorb the financial strain without aid. About 50 children were orphaned by the attack.
All Saints Children’s Home is being established by the diocese to care for these children. Women who were widowed in the bombings will care for the children. A facility is being provided by the church diocese. God is providing and children are preparing to move into the home. An estimated that $50 a month will provide safe shelter, food, and education for each child.
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 United Methodist Church 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 establish All Saints Children’s Home 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. They identified 54 children as potential residents of All Saints Children’s Home. The children now reside with relatives or church members, but the poverty rate is high and Samuel and Balquis fear for the children’s long-term safety. The home will be for the care of these orphans until they are grown.
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 will remain in contact and they are committed to financial accountability that monies donated for the children will go only to care of the children. Five children moved into the home in early October and five more are preparing to move.
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.