A pastor in Bangladesh is recovering from wounds he suffered at the hands of three Islamist men in northwest Bangladesh. One suspect has been arrested. The attackers are members of the student wing of the largest Islamic political party in that nation. They called the pastor, 50-year-old Luke Sarker, about two weeks in advance to set up an appointment to see him, falsely claiming they were interested in learning about Christianity.
When they arrived on Monday, October 5th, Sarker says they carried out a knife attack against him and attempted to slit his throat. His wife came running when she heard him yelling and ran the attackers off. A police investigation led them to raid the home of Obaidul Islam on Tuesday where he was subsequently arrested. The other two men have not been detained yet.
The attack on Sarker is one of several carried out by Islamists this year against anyone they deem a threat to their religion. The most recent incidents include the shootings of an Italian aid worker and a Japanese farmer carried out within days of each other.
Fortunately, the pastor’s injuries weren’t life threatening. My prayers go out for Pastor Sarker and other Christians who are in areas surrounded by people who hate Christians enough to want to kill them. I also pray that such incidents will just provide greater resolve for Christians to spread the gospel even more, just like it did in the book of Acts.
19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.
20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Acts 14
Julhas Alam, Christian pastor survives knife attack at home in Bangladesh, WashingtonPost.com, October 6, 2015.
Fred Lambert, Police arrest suspect in knife attack on Bangladeshi pastor, UPI.com, October 6, 2015.