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Walter and Gladys' wedding photo

A Christian man in Pakistan who faced charges of blasphemy has requested prayer as he and his family members continue to face threats and opposition.

In May 2007, Walter Fazal Khan, who is in his 80s, was arrested after one of his servants accused him of burning pages of the Qur'an (for more, click here). An angry mob also attacked his home and Walter's wife, Gladys, was threatened with death unless she converted to Islam. She passed away the following month.

Although Walter was released on bail shortly after his arrest, his family continues to face persecution and threats. They have lost their home and are forced to conceal their whereabouts.

Please continue to pray for Walter and his family. Pray that they will remain steadfast in the Lord and that He will give them the strength they require (Philippians 4:13). Pray that God will blind the eyes of those who wish to harm them. Pray for other Christians in Pakistan who are facing opposition and false charges because of their faith.

For more on the opposition the Church faces in Pakistan, please visit the Pakistan Country Report.

Current Ministry Projects

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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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