(Voice of the Persecuted) Persecuted Christians in Pakistan have been forced to flee the country due to death threats, false blasphemy charges, mob violence and the risk of being killed, even by their own family for converting to Christianity. Easy for them to obtain a travel visa, thousands have fled to Thailand to seek asylum and find a place to worship without fear and live in peace. Thailand is not a signatory of the 1951 Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol. Pakistani Christians are granted no protection, even for those registered in Thailand and declared genuine by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Pakistani Christians are prevented from working to support their families as they are considered illegals when their travel visa expires. Those who choose to support their families by working illegally are often arrested and shackled with criminals in the Central Jail. From there they are taken to the Immigration Detention Center (IDC) and forced to live in putrid conditions. Many go hungry and cannot afford medical expenses when they are sick, necessary medications, or shelter without help. Their children are suffering not only due to lack of food and needed medical care, but as illegals unable to attend school. It is hard for a parent to watch their little ones suffer, but considered preferable to persecution in Pakistan.
Authorities carry out raids among the well-known slum apartment buildings where Pakistani Christian stay, but rarely can afford without help. Christians are terrified to leave their dwellings, fearful pf arrest. The stress of living under these circumstance are practically unbearable. Unfortunately, wait times for asylum takes years and they have no other choice. They also experience open racism in Thailand.
Voice of the Persecuted is working to relieve the suffering of these families and help them endure. With your love and generous support, we’ve been able to cover more rent payments, nutrition and medical needs for persecuted Pakistani families in great need.
Many Pakistani Christians are being held in the Immigration Detention Center(IDC). Bailing out asylum seekers is complicated. Only Thai citizens can be their guarantor and pay the fine of 50,000 Baht per detainee (which today’s exchange equals approx. $1450USD). Paying the 50,000 baht fine prevents the individual from being rearrested and detained for 2 years.
It is hard to describe the horrific conditions in the IDC…animals are treated better. Cells are overcrowded and often have one overflowing toilet for up to 70 people. Some, even children must sleep next to these filthy toilets. They take turns sleeping as all can not fit in a lying position on the bare floor. You can imagine the sickening stench and how germs spread in this environment. They’re at risk of contracting serious diseases such as Dengue Fever, Malaria, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV Aids, various skin and genital infections, malnutrition and severe depression. Children are at a high risk of diarrhea, dehydration and malnutrition.
Meals are always the same, a small amount of bland soup of boiled cucumber and rice in water. Children are given the same. You can see why nutrition is a major health concern.
Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) was able to purchase and deliver much needed meals, fruit, vegetables and other food items to detained Christians suffering in the IDC. A special thanks to our Thailand representative for dedication, hard work and a loving heart. A huge thank you to those who have been supporting our work through your donations and making these missions possible. Your caring hearts mean more than you will ever know to them. They give thanks to God for answering their prayers through your gifts.
Describing the situation, our representative told Voice of the Persecuted,
It’s all for the glory of God. Situation remains tense but when the protection of Lord is with us then who can harm us?
I always have the strong armor of the Lord around me. Psalm 23 and Psalm 91 are my biggest comforters in times of trouble.
Christmas is coming up and all these families are praying for relief so they can celebrate it happily.
God bless you, Team VOP and all those who donate generously.
- Pray for our brothers and sisters to endure all trials they may face.
- Pray for the government of Thailand to soften their hearts for these brothers and sisters.
- Pray those detained will soon be released.
- Pray for their health, including pregnant mothers and their unborn babies.
- Pray they will feel the presence of the Lord and His hand on them.
- Pray for the UNHCR to speed up the process of gaining asylum status, the wait times are unacceptably long.
- Pray they will one day be transferred to a nation who will welcome them with dignity and religious freedom.
- Pray the Lord will provide for their needs, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
- Pray they will see their blessings in the storm and receive supernatural peace when they are afraid.
- Pray they will know they are not forgotten.
- Pray they will remain focused on Christ and have a blessed Christmas, this year.
New cases continue to pour in. Please help us to continue aiding our suffering brothers and sisters in Thailand.
Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.
Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
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