Barnabas Fund - International Headquarters River Street, Pewsey, Wilthire. Phone: +44 1672 565030 Latitude: 51 deg 23 min 18 sec N Longitude: 1 deg 45 min 48 sec W .
Praying for the Persecuted Church in Len...

Email:

Praying for the Persecuted Church in Lent - Pakistan

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

Praying for the Persecuted Church in Lent - Pakistan

Project(s): 41-331, 41-432, 41-465, 41-499, 41-697, 41-839

Country/Region: Pakistan

Tradition traces the beginnings of Christianity in Pakistan to the apostle Thomas, and some churches in the Indian subcontinent have a long history. But the Church in what is now Pakistan was wiped out by Islam in the 14th century, and did not re-establish a presence until the 16th century. An increase in missionary activity from the 19th century led to the conversion of many people, mainly Hindus, between 1890 and 1930, and missions continued to operate even after Pakistan’s independence in 1947. Christians are now the largest non-Muslim religious group in the country, but the approximately 4 million people comprise only about 2.5% of the population. Pakistan is 96% Muslim.

Pakistan
Discrimination against Christians is widespread in Pakistan, and many live in severe poverty

The history of Pakistan since independence in 1947 has been one of slow and gradual Islamisation. Sharia law has been partially implemented, and has a significant place in the legal and taxation systems and in public life generally. The “blasphemy law” prescribes the death penalty for “defiling the name of” Muhammad, and a life sentence is mandatory for desecration of the Qur‘an. Many false and malicious accusations of blasphemy are made, and Christians are very vulnerable to accusations by Muslims.

Social, political and even legal discrimination against Christians is widespread. As a result most can get only menial and low-paid jobs, and therefore live in poverty, despised by their Muslim neighbours. Their testimony in court may be treated as of less worth than a Muslim’s. Many Christian girls are abducted and forced to convert to Islam. Last year saw an unprecedented number of violent incidents against Christian communities, in which many homes and churches were burned by Muslim mobs and some Christians died.

Barnabas Fund projects in Pakistan include:

Feeding needy Christian families (Ref. 41-331)
Support for Pakistani evangelists (Ref. 41-432)
Legal team defending Christian victims (Ref. 41-465)
Christian school (Ref. 41-499)
Women’s health and education project (Ref. 41-697)
Victims of mob violence in Gojra and Korian (Ref. 41-839)
Please Pray:

Christians in the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan are coming under increasing pressure to live according to Islamic customs, and in some places sharia is being strictly enforced.

  • Pray for our brothers and sisters, that the Lord will keep them safe in the midst of violence and instability, and ask that they may find strength and hope in the Lord Jesus.

  • Pray too that the progress of Islamist groups in Pakistan will be checked and then reversed, and that mob violence against Christians will cease.
Help us: Share this article

Email:

Praying for the Persecuted Church in Lent - Pakistan

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

christian, persecution, charity, church, persecuted, sookhdeo, Islam

Other articles

No related articles found.

Follow Barnabas

or

receive news & appeal emails as they are published

From Twitter

From Twitter_icon

    Daily prayer

    Daily prayer_icon
    • Pray for the friends and family of Beatrice Mukashaka, an 18-year-old Christian woman, who was hacked to death in a savage attack by Muslims during an overnight prayer meeting at a church in Uganda. A group of around 20 Christians had gathered at the church in Kyegegwa district for their regular Friday night prayer session when armed Muslims burst into the building at around 2am. Please pray for all who mourn for Beatrice and that the assailants will be brought to justice. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 9 hours ago

    • Churches in Christian-majority Burundi are facing the unfamiliar situation of political restriction by their own government because of a new law passed in August that requires each church to have at least 500 members and a proper building. Congregations have a year in which to comply with the new regulations. Although intended to reduce some scandalous practices, the law is strangely reminiscent of the strict regimes of Central Asia. Pray that religious liberty will be maintained in Burundi, both for Christians and for the small minorities who follow other religions. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Pray for eight Cameroonian missionaries who have been harshly reminded of the cost of sharing the Gospel in their country during a training seminar to equip them for ministry. Barnabas had helped to fund a series of seminars, and on the final day of the last seminar they heard that Jean-Marcel Kesvere, another Cameroonian missionary, who had been planning to attend the seminar with his wife, had been kidnapped by Boko Haram and that his body had been found earlier that day. Give thanks for the response of the missionaries, who expressed their willingness to suffer similarly for Christ, and pray that their work will bear much fruit (John 12:24). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Please pray for Christians in northern Cameroon, where Boko Haram is terrorising people, especially Christians and security forces, just as in neighbouring Nigeria. The Islamist militants openly declare themselves to be Boko Haram, and issue threats by letter, including to pastors telling them they must leave. Two pastors were killed in the village of Assigashia on the night of 25-26 August, hich has caused great distress and consternation. The Cameroonian Christians ask for prayer that God will bring peace and security, that the kidnapped will be released, that believers will stand firm despite being targeted, that God will comfort the traumatised, and that church leaders will know how to prepare their people for persecution. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Oct 2014 00:00

    • “The cathedral in Damaturu now has only about 40 members instead of 450 members. The church in Potiskum now has only about 15 members instead of 500 members… the southern part of [Yobe state] is still very dangerous and most of the churches here have closed down.” A senior church leader in Nigeria wrote to Barnabas Fund in August about the impact on the Church of Boko Haram’s violence. Nevertheless Christians were still holding worship services every Sunday, discipling the young people and even commissioning pastors. Praise God for such perseverance, and pray that a Christian presence and witness may remain in north-east Nigeria. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Oct 2014 00:00

    © Barnabas Fund 1997 - 2014 All rights reserved.
    Barnabas Fund & Barnabas Aid are registered trade marks