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Overview:

Pakistani churches include believers from diverse faith backgrounds, including both traditional and evangelical denominations. All Pakistani Christians face difficulty, discrimination and persecution because of their Christian identity. Some evangelicals take great risks to witness to Muslims, baptize converts and gather them into churches, and many Christians are working tirelessly to equip, encourage and educate Christian youth. Some Christians are bold in evangelizing and distributing God’s Word in radical Muslim neighborhoods and cities, some of which are home to extremist groups like the Taliban. Many Christians belong to the lower castes of society and are forced to work long hours, focusing on providing for their family. This makes Bible study and other Christian activities difficult.

Major Religions:

The majority of Pakistanis are Sunni Muslim, but there are also sizable Sufi Muslim and Hindu populations, as well as an oppressed Christian minority.

Persecutor:

Pakistanis of Christian heritage are widely persecuted by society. Family members, radical Islamist groups and the government also persecute Christians.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Pakistan:

Because of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, Christians are at constant risk of being falsely accused of blaspheming Islam, the Quran or Muhammad, and they receive harsh punishments when convicted. Street evangelism is legal under Pakistani law, and several bold evangelists take advantage of the opportunity to share the gospel publicly. Many Christians live together in closed neighborhoods known as colonies, which provide a measure of security. Still, several large-scale attacks have occurred in these colonies recently, including during Christmas 2017 and Easter 2018. In general, Christians are trapped in a cycle of poor education and poverty. Many are employed as indentured servants in brick kilns or tree nurseries, as street sweepers and as sewage workers. A few Christians have been imprisoned for long periods, while many others cycle in and out of prison charged under the country’s blasphemy laws.

Access To Bibles:

Bibles can be legally printed and distributed in Pakistan. However, some Muslim groups oppose the Bible. Those living in rural, tribal and mountainous areas have little access to God’s Word. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM provides outreach in difficult areas, training for local pastors and evangelists, and immediate aid to persecution victims. VOM also supports distributions of God’s Word in various formats. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for evangelists, who face persecution from time to time.
  • Pray that Prime Minister Imran Khan will come to saving faith in Christ.
  • Pray for front-line workers who seek to strengthen Pakistani Christians.
  • Pray that pastors will remain faithful despite continuous oppression and persecution.
  • Pray that Bibles distributed throughout the country will be read and applied to believers’ lives.
  • Pray for creative ways to distribute Bibles in the most restricted areas.
  • Pray for those still recovering from church attacks in Peshawar and Quetta.
  • Pray that God will comfort the widows and orphans of martyred Christians.