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General Assembly heard this afternoon an inspiring account of the hardships and strength of Christians in Pakistan from the Revd Dr Majid Abel, Senior Pastor of the Naulakha Presbyterian Church and the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan. The following is a summary of his address.

I bring greetings from the Christians in Pakistan and thanks for your amazing hospitality. Pakistan was supposed, when it was first founded, to be a secular state, but many Christians left after partition and those who remain are oppressed socially, economically and politically. We face serious persecution.

The constitution of the Islamic State of Pakistan bars non-Muslims from many roles, and we face discrimination in education. Many Christians are subjected to forced marriages and forced conversions.

Read more: Standing firm in Pakistan

Resolution 38, that the proposed budget of the United Reformed Church for the following year should be brought to General Assembly to be debated, was presented by the Revd Dr Alan Spence and the Revd Nicola Furley-Smith on behalf of Southern Synod.

It was brought with a change in wording from the text in the Book of Reports: ‘approval’ was changed to ‘adoption’.

Read more: Assembly decides against changing URC budget arrangements