by Edwina Thomas, SOMA USA
ReachOut March 2004
In the downtown of the frontier city of Peshawar, Pakistan, I entered an old and unusual Anglican Church whose architectural style is patterned after an Islamic Mosque.
After looking at the worn and well-used interior, we climbed up to the parapet built around the domed roof topped by a cross. Pointing up to the roof, the guide asked, “Do you see those bullet holes?” He continued. The Muslims didn’t mind when Christians purchased this prime piece of land nor did they protest as the church was being built.
But there was one last necessity—placing the cross on the top of the dome. A ladder went up, and with cross in hand a Christian man climbed. A shot rang out and the man fell to his death with the cross. Another man picked up the cross and climbed, and he, too, was shot. A third brave man picked up that cross and climbed…