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Iran Pak pact signed: The Church of England Newspaper, Jan 21 2011 p 7. January 23, 2011

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The Rt. Rev. Humphrey Peters, Bishop of Peshawar

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The Dioceses of Peshawar and Iran have endorsed a link agreement to bind the two dioceses located astride the world’s religious and political fault lines to the evangelism of southwest Asia.

At a Nov 21 ceremony at St John’s Cathedral in Peshawar, in Pakistan’s Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province—formerly known as the Northwest Frontier Province, the Rt. Rev. Humphrey Peters, Bishop of Peshaware and the Bishop in Iran, the Rt. Rev. Azad Marshall signed an agreement to “partner in the Great Commission and service of Christ’s people in the South Western region of Asia, encouraging one another and promising pastoral care to advance the work of the Kingdom in the region.”

The link programme will support visits and exchanges between the two dioceses, parish to parish links; mission team exchanges; evangelism programmes; a common prayer or intercessory calendar; training in ministry; renewal programmes; faithful communication; seminars and conferences ; work camps; attendance in diocesan conventions; assistance in time of need and working together on development projects.

The former Bishop of Rochester, the Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir Ali, during a visit to Pakistan welcomed the exchange, the Diocese of Peshawar writes, as being “crucial for the future of the gospel in the area and for the emerging partnerships among Biblical Anglicans throughout the communion.”

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