A ministry that takes Bibles and the message of Jesus to repressed peoples in the Middle East is marking the fifth anniversary of the deaths of two sisters for reading the Bible.
Bibles for Mideast says the two teens, Arifa, 17, and Akhtar, 19, were kidnapped and gunned down by Lashkar-e-Taiba members.
That’s a militant Islamic group operating in Kashmir, which borders Pakistan, where they are based.
The girls were the daughters of Gulam Nabi Dar, a salesman.
They were doing embroidery work and attending classes to learn to read and write in an education program run by Bibles for Mideast.
“Though they were Muslims, they believed in Jesus Christ and attend prayer services and began to read the New Testament,” the organization reported.
It was the ministry director, Pastor Paul, who shared his testimony of leaving Islam for Christianity with them.
“After the message Arifa and Akhtar together read Isaiah Chapter 53 and declared their faith in Jesus Christ and accepted Him as their Savior and Lord,” the ministry said.
The very next evening, they were abducted by at least three terrorists, and shot and killed, Bibles for Mideast reported.
“The militants might have come to know about the underground ministry and the girls’ involvement in its activities,” the group said.
“Militants barged into the house and forcibly took the girls. Their bullet riddled bodies were later found some distance away from their home. One of them was shot in the left eye.”
Police reported the attackers escaped.
The girls’ father was gone at the time, but two aunts were at home, and they chased after the gunmen but stopped when the gunmen threatened them.
“One of the gunmen covered his face by a black muffler. Only his eyes were visible. Two others followed him. They were speaking Urdu. One spoke a few words in Kashmiri,” said a younger brother, Gulam Jeelani.
The terror group, calling itself the “Army of the Righteous,” is trying to install an Islamic state in South Asia. Indian officials have identified the group as the alleged masterminds behind the 2008 terror attack on the Indian financial capital of Mumbai that killed 166 people.