Pakistan: Population: 201 million Christians 3.99 million
(Voice of the Persecuted) In 1947, the year of the country’s independence, the situation for Christians became more complicated as Pakistan officially became a Muslim state. All Christians suffer from institutionalized discrimination, illustrated by the fact that occupations seen as low, dirty and derogatory are reserved for Christians by the authorities. Many Christians are poor and some are victims of bonded labor. There are middle-class Christians as well, but this does not save them from being marginalized or persecuted. Dozens of smaller “everyday attacks” against churches and cemeteries do occur.
Huma Younus, a Catholic girl who was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam last October. Tabassum Yousaf, the lawyer representing the 14-year-old Catholic girl, told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the two judges of the High Court of Sindh province have instructed the police officer in charge of the investigation to present Huma in court at a hearing scheduled for Feb. 3rd, 2020.
Nonetheless, it will not be easy to return Huma to her parents’ home, not least because of the corruption of the police and their apparent connivance with her abductors. “Just this morning (Jan. 16, 2020) in court,” her lawyer reported, “the officer in charge of the investigation reported that on Jan. 9 Huma had been brought before the court of first instance in order to sign a declaration stating that she was an adult. Neither I nor her parents had been informed, and such procedures may not take place in the absence of both parties. It is clear that the police are helping her abductor.”
Her Muslim abductor, Abdul Jabbar, persists in claiming verbally that Huma is of adult age, but her parents have provide the court with two documents attesting to the fact that she is still a minor—one is a declaration from her school, and the other is her baptismal certificate, issued by the Catholic parish of St. James in Karachi. Both documents state the date of Huma’s birth as May 22, 2005.
In May 2019, a landlord killed a Christian worker because he dared to work for another employer, according to a report by Morning Star News. This case illustrates the low social status of most Christians and is just a glimpse of the many similar cases that often go unreported.
· Pray to the Lord that He will exercise His power and bring about a change in government and that they will be open to religious liberty.
· Pray the Pakistani government passes laws that will protect the Christians and other religious minorities in the country as Pakistan is an Islamic Republic that suffers from a plethora of radical Islamic groups.
· Pray for peace for Christians who converted from Islam. Family, friends and neighbors see these conversions as shaming the community.
· Pray Christians accused under blasphemy laws will not face violence or mob “justice” and that they would stand strong in the midst of this dangerous trial.
· Please pray for protection of Christian women and girls who are often raped and then forcefully married to Muslim men in the community. This usually results in forced conversions.
· Pray to the Lord to protect and encourage pastors who do covert ministry work
· Pray to the Lord that believers will remain joyful in suffering and know that the body of Christ is praying for them
· Pray that Christians Internet messages and websites will reach deep into the Muslim communities and also encourage Christians.
· Pray to the Lord that the believers will have courage, wisdom and boldness to reach out to their Pakistani neighbors.
· Pray to the Lord to give NGOs favor that they will be invisible to the authorities and can continue to provide spiritual and other support to believers.
· Pray to the Lord to give strength to His believers that they will love and forgive their persecutors.
· Pray that the Lord for supernaturally growth of the church, that the Lord will multiply the number of believers.
Again, we want to pray for pastor Wang Yi, who received a 9-year prison term, to be released by the authorities. Thank the Lord that Leah Sharibu and hopefully Alice have been released.
Pray for pastors and believers in Wuhan that the Lord will protect them from infection and keep them safe.
Andy – Prayer Call Moderator, Persecution Watch
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Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own. With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
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