From Pakistan to the Ukraine border, Pastor Manzoor's journey
by Shafique Khokhar

He went to Poland to bring aid to refugees fleeing war. Warm clothes, food and medicine are needed. “I heard heartbreaking stories," the Pentecostal clergyman told AsiaNews.

Karachi (AsiaNews) – “Visiting people from Ukraine in Poland was a painful experience,” said Rev Suleman Manzoor, chairman of the Rapha Mission International, a Pentecostal organisation.

“I saw people crying for their loved ones, whom they left behind; coming to Poland after a journey of hours and hours made people desperate and hopeless,” explained the clergyman after landing at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi where he was met by Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Anwar Lal Dean and others, both lay people and clergy.

Rev Manzoor left Pakistan and spent three days and three nights at the Ukrainian-Polish border helping refugees, he told AsiaNews. Hundreds arrive at the border after a long journey, in need of warm clothes, food and medicine.

“I heard heartbreaking stories of people arriving with small children, mothers and grandmothers separated from the rest of the family,” said the missionary.

“This is a time when we must not only pray, but also support and share with the Ukrainians the blessings God has given us,” he said. “Jesus gave us all a mission: to spread the Good News. It is God who uses me and sends me into the world.”

The pastor thanked the Polish government for everything it is doing for Ukrainian refugees.

"What Pastor Suleman Manzoor did is priceless," said Senator Lal Dean. “He sent a message of peace and showed solidarity not only as a Christian, but also as a true Pakistani.”.

Even Younus Khan, a Christian lawyer and member of the Jamait-e-Islami political party “felt proud” about Pastor Manzoor and what he did in Ukraine. “He supported people without discrimination, and that is what we Christ our Lord taught.”