A young Christian boy from Pakistan was recently kidnapped, his lips cut off, his stomach ripped out, and his body burned. When his remains were found, his relatives could only recognize him by a distinct mark on his forehead.
The boy’s name was Samuel Yaqoob, and his story is not an isolated incident. Pakistan has become a place of routine Muslim violence against Christians. For instance, in 2009 seven Christian women were set ablaze by a mob in Gojra city with no protection from the Pakistani police. In another case, a Christian named Masih was seized by Pakistani police officers who broke his ribs and pulled his fingernails from the roots. Masih eventually died from his wounds. The Full Gospel Assembly Church and a Pentecostal church were burned down and two Christians murdered by a mob of fanatical Muslims. At St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Bahawalpur, a group of gunmen entered and opened fire on the congregation, killing sixteen.
But what is perhaps worse than all this barbarism is the deafening silence from the media; even Christians are barely doing anything to help their brethren. Certainly, some organizations are spreading the word, but few are taking the necessary action to rescue Christians from Muslim violence.
The Raul Wallenberg Project, created by Rescue Christians, is one organization that is walking the walk. The Project’s namesake, a Swedish diplomat, supplied safe houses, visas, food and protection for tens of thousands of Jews who would have otherwise been helpless victims of the Holocaust.
“Right now, we are living in an era akin to the time when most people of the West either didn’t know or didn’t care about the massacres of the Nazis against the Jews,” said Walid Shoebat, one of the founders of Rescue Christians and the Raoul Wallenberg Project. “We cannot be amongst the fools of history, and we must take action.” “We provide food, medicine, safe houses, legal help for visa applications, and in extreme circumstances, security details for rescue missions,” says Keith Davies, the Project’s co-founder and executive director.
That is not all that Rescue Christians does. Their mission is also to literally help move oppressed Christians to undisclosed locations where they can live in peace. For now the focus is on Pakistan, but with sufficient funds they can expand: “Currently, we are being given donations which add up to the thousands, and with this, we have saved over a hundred families last year. If we can get our funds to the millions, we can literally save thousands of lives,” Davies says.
What motivates the founders of Rescue Christians? It is their understanding of the Bible. For on the Day of Judgment, Christ will declare to those who did not help the oppressed Christians: “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungered, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:41-46)
St. Paul writes: “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves.” (Hebrews 13:3)
So our Christian brothers and sisters, whom we are to see as equivalent to ourselves and even to Christ Himself, are dying. Statistics reveal that on average one of our Christian brothers or sisters is killed every five minutes. We can literally save their lives by helping the Raul Wallenberg Project. Please visit rescuechristians.org today.