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A Pakistani pastor, Mubarak Masih, was brutally attacked in Samundri by 12 heavily armed Muslim men after his 13-year-old nephew, Shaid Masih, refused to read verses from the Qur'an at school. The Muslims beat Pastor Mubarak on his head with sticks and rods. They also shot at and nearly killed his brother and broke his mother's left arm. Shaid's teacher, Zufair Gujhar, is allegedly a hard-line Muslim who routinely pressures his Christian students to accept Islam and forces them to read the Qur'an and other Islamic books. Pastor Mubarak has said, "We will continue our mission work at any cost and no one can stop us."

On June 3, Mumtaz Masih, pastor of the Full Gospel Church in Pakistan, and his pregnant wife, Noreen, were attacked in Sahiwal by Muslims who accused them of evangelizing. Fourteen Muslims assaulted the couple, injuring Pastor Mumtaz's legs and Noreen's hands and belly. The pastor's younger brother was ambushed when he went to get medical help. The believers have complained to the police, but no action had been taken against the perpetrators at last report. (Source: International Christian Concern)

Pray for healing for those injured in these attacks. Pray that they will exemplify the love of God through consistent love and prayer for those who persecute them (Matthew 5:43-48). Pray that Christians in Pakistan will not be fearful, but will boldly live out their faith in Jesus.

For more information on the plight of Pakistani believers, please visit the Pakistan Country Report.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC partners to train Christian women in sewing skills throughout Pakistan to provide a sustainable source of income for their families and encourage them in their faith and witness for Christ.

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Women’s Ministry

Country Information

Population
238,181,034 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Punjabi (44.7), Pashtun [Pathan] (15.4), Sindhi (14.1), Saraiki (8.4) Muhajirs (7.6) Balochi (3.6), Other (6.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (96.5), Other - Christian and Hindu (3.5)

Leader
President Arif Alvi (2018)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Common law system with Islamic law influence

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Pakistan

Pray that amendments will be made to Pakistan's existing blasphemy laws so that the country's citizens – including its children – will be protected from injustice and abuse. May our Lord's mercy and justice prevail, not only in the judiciary system but also in the hearts of the country's militants. Ask Him to transform their "hearts of stone" into hearts that are receptive to His love, mercy and the workings of His Holy Spirit – not only for the purpose of protecting the Christian minority but also for the salvation of their own eternal souls.

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