From left, Oben Abel, 13, Pastor Kent Keydens, Rev. Dr. Majid Abel and Sofia Abel, 10. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)
Relationships between Muslims and the small Christian population in Pakistan are tenuous at best. A Christian or other minority religion accused of blasphemy against a Muslim, whose faith is practiced by 97 percent of the nation’s population of 200 million, can be sentenced to death.
But sometimes all it takes is a gentle handshake, a warm smile and a blessing to turn an enemy into a friend.
Majid Abel, pastor of a 2,000-member Presbyterian congregation in Lahore, a city in Pakistan, spoke of his participation on interfaith commissions in his home country at Wednesday’s Pecos Valley Rotary Club meeting.
Abel was accompanied by Kent Keydens, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Roswell.
The two pastors are close friends because for the past 12 years, Abel has been serving as pastor-in-residence during the summer at First Presbyterian.
And for the past five of those 12 years, Abel has brought his family with him. His son, Oben, 13, and daughter, Sofia, 10, joined him near the end of the meeting, where they sang with club member Bob Entrop the Leonard Login to read more