(Voice of the Persecuted) Barely an hour after sharing a report on Christmas Eve highlighting persecuted Pakistani Christians in Thailand, we received a distressing call that more had been arrested including women and children. We immediately added that update to the earlier report. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to pay the overstay fees for 4 woman, including one who is pregnant and their children from going to the Central Jail. (Children between 8yr-3 months) They’re so grateful to you!
Thailand is not a member state of the of 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention and the UNHCR has been powerless to protect them from arrest. The Thai government considers these persecuted believers as illegals in spite of the fact they’re documented registrants with the UNHCR as genuine asylum seekers. Asylum status often takes 5-6 years as they wait in fear to be resettled in a welcoming nation. They are unable to legally work and their children unable to attend school. These wait times are unbearably long, inhumane. Read our Dec. 15, 2015 report to learn more of what these persecuted believers are facing in Thailand.
Paying the overstay fees prevents them from being mixed in with the criminal element at the Central Jail, but they will still be taken to the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC). The cost to bail them out of the IDC is much higher (approx. $1450USD at today’s exchange rate), but paying the bail guarantees they will not be rearrested for 2 years.
The conditions in the IDC is horrifying and a place full of contagion. They’re fed a soupy mix with little nutritional value of cucumbers and rice in boiling water—nothing else. You can imagine the condition of those detained in only a few short weeks. Voice of the Persecuted was able to offer food relief to those suffering ‘inside’ 4 times last month. We are greatly concerned for their wellbeing, particularly the little ones, the pregnant women and their unborn babies.
It’s a very hard situation for Pakistani Christians in Thailand. Too many are living in fear, afraid to even go outside, unable to support their families. Those who work illegally are at greater risk of arrest, but what choice do they have? Voice of the Persecuted is paying monthly living/medical expenses for families suffering the greatest need. More cases are continually brought before us, but heartbreakingly unable to help them all. With your love and support, we’re praying that 2016 will see many more of our brothers and sisters covered and comforted by the Body of Christ, us!
If you are feeling led to bring hope to Christians suffering in Thailand please consider the following:
- Cover the monthly living expenses for a family in great need. (approx $250+/- based on family size)
- Provide bail to protect a persecuted believer from rearrest for two years. ($1450 based on exchange rate)
- Food deliveries for the nutritional needs of those detained in the IDC. ($50 provides 2 meals a day for 4 people weekly – personal hygienic products such as soap, tooth brushes and paste are also much needed items.)
- Donation of any amount which is always greatly appreciated.
Voice of the Persecuted is on the ground in Thailand. Come with us on the mission through your gifts!
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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