“First and foremost, be a peacemaker in your own context,” said Bishop Mano Rumalshah, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Peshawar in the Church of Pakistan, who spoke at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church worship service Sunday. “Be aware of minorities throughout the world and at home. Politically, apply ethics rather than expediency and pay attention to what your political leaders are doing.” Rumalshah lives in what President Obama has termed “the most dangerous place in the world” — the North-West Frontier Province in Pakistan. This is the northernmost province in Pakistan, measuring about 29,000 square miles and with a population of about 20 million. Here, smuggling, drug trade, arms dealing and kidnapping are all common occurrences. In this Muslim-dominated country, Rumalshah brings a deep commitment to Christian presence and ministry in the territory of Pakistan that borders Afghanistan, Iran, India and China. The Church of Pakistan is a united church, formed in 1970 as a result of a merger of the Anglicans, Lutherans, Scottish Presbyterians and Methodists in Pakistan. Rumalshah is the Bishop Emeritus of Peshawar, one of the eight dioceses in the Christian Church of Pakistan.

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