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Praying for Believers in Pakistan

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(Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Saturday January 8, 2021 in a prayer conference call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch.

Pakistan is the world’s fifth-most populous country, with a population of almost 227 million, and has the world’s second-largest Muslim population.

Pakistan gained independence in 1947.  In 1971, the exclave of East Pakistan seceded as the new country of Bangladesh after a nine-month-long civil war. It has the world’s sixth-largest standing armed forces, and constantly fights India over the border region of Kashmir.

graph: statista

It is designated as a major non-NATO ally by the United States-but often works against US interests in Afghanistan.

2.5% of the people call themselves Christian. Less than 1% are considered Evangelical, but the percentage is growing.

Fundamentalist Islam is also growing, especially near the long border with Afghanistan.  Many Taliban used to hide in Pakistan. Islamic violence has grown against minorities – Christian, Hindus, and smaller Muslim sects.

Casey John Chalk wrote in his book “The Persecuted: True Stories of Courageous Christians Living Their Faith in Muslim Lands” – anti-Christian riots, kidnappings, bombings, murders, theft, and destruction of property have become common experiences for Pakistani Christians. There is a trend – the prevalence of the abduction, rape, and forced marriage of Christian girls to their rapists, about 1,000 annually. The girls are forced to convert to Islam, which makes their coerced marriages legal under Sharia-influenced legal codes.

Please pray:

  • Pakistan’s government would squelch the Fundamentalist Islam movement, sharia law, and see it as a competitor to the government.
  • Pakistan’s government would protect the lives of minorities and succeed in stopping terrorism and violence within the country.
  • The Taliban would not control Northwest Pakistan.

Some Christian castes are so poor, that young women are often hired as servants then sexually assaulted.  Christian girls are sometimes kidnapped and converted to Islam, then are forcefully married to Muslim men.

Pray that Christian women would be:

  • Safe from sexual assault.
  • Not be kidnapped.
  • Not be forced into marriage.
  • Not be forced to become Muslim.

The government has increasingly become more Islamic since the ‘80s, and non-Muslims are often kept out of government postings and education.

  • Pray that Christians would have employment and educational opportunities.

“Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”  Mark 13:11

The country has an anti-blasphemy law that imposed death penalty or life in prison. This is often used to falsely accuse people for other reasons, or to start mob-violence.  

  • Pray for the accused to be led by the Spirit in their defense.
  • Pray for boldness in sharing the Gospel, and forgiveness for past pains from Muslims.

The church is hurt by poverty, illiteracy, corruption, and substance abuse.  

  • Pray for spiritual maturity, and for God to grant holiness.
  • Pray persecution would bring the church together.
  • Pray against leadership struggles and divisions, or leaders using their position to seek wealth.

In the past, donors from outside the country had built church buildings, Bible schools and Christian ministries, but foreign support has been dropping.  

  • Pray that the Pakistani church will learn how to expand the Kingdom of God with their own finances.

Many Pakistani Christians love their country, despite persecution.  

  • Pray for wisdom on how they can bless their nation.

Many Pakistani Christians have little education, but those who do get an education often leave the country.  

  • Pray for the Pakistani church to continue to have educated members.
  • Pray for more leadership training for Christians.

Christians from Muslim background – there are deadly punishments for those called apostates.  Most churches are from ethnic Christians or previously Hindus. 

  • Pray for Christians from Muslim background
  • To be protected from their family, neighbors, religious mobs, and the police.
  • To find Christian leaders that know their special needs.

We will also remember and pray for these dear ones:

  • Leah Sharibu, prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018. Pray for her release.
  • Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
  • Pray for Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
  • Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing a long prison term who escaped from Iran and praying to go to a country where she can express her faith openly.
  • For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence.

Michael Laird, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

USA Time Zone:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: (667) 770-1476 (Note: We have a new call-in phone number)

Access Code: 281207#

Recommended: For those who may be subject to added charges for conference calls. Please download the app, it’s free!

MOBILE APP: Free Conference Call HD also provides a quick and easy way for you to dial into conference calls without having to remember the dial-in credentials. Save all of your conference call dial-in numbers and access codes using this free app. With the Free Conference Call HD you can instantly dial into a conference call via 3G/4G data network and or regular mobile carrier. Google Play link or App Store – iTunes

If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

What is Persecution Watch?

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 time in the United States (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted, and the missions became one. Brother Blaine passed into glory on December 26, 2019. It was truly a blessing for all of us to serve alongside this dear man of God and he will be greatly missed. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch remains an important part of our mission. Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with the dedicated Persecution Watch prayer warrior team.

Prior to the passing of Brother Blaine, he confirmed the passing of the torch as prayer conference call leader to Nadia Dybvik. Nadia has a burdened heart for the persecuted and is a prayer warrior standing in the gap for them. She joined the Persecution Watch prayer team in 2013 and has been part of the core ever since. Before becoming the prayer call leader, she served in the role of prayer moderator since 2015. Blaine chose Nadia for her faithfulness to pray for the persecuted and her strong commitment to the Persecution Watch mission. We are blessed not only with her gift of prayer, but her genuine love for every brother and sister in Christ that comes on the call to pray. May the Lord continue to bless Nadia and the prayer team in the mission and their personal lives.

“Pray for us” is the number one request that we hear from the persecuted. As the members of the first century Church were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray, we too must continue to serve those suffering persecution by lifting them up to the Lord through prayer.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the conference call to share the trials they are facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone.

We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you are new to the call and cannot find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

God bless and protect you in your faithfulness to serve.

Lois Kanalos, Founder, Voice of the Persecuted, Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader and the Persecution Watch Prayer Team

NOTE: Please fill out the form in the sign up link below to be included in our distribution list to receive urgent prayer requests, prayer points, notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers.

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.

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