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The Makran coastal highway in Balochistan province.
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A Christian pastor, his wife, and college-aged daughter are thankful to be unharmed after they were attacked by a mob of 34 men. A police officer happened to be passing by at the time and rescued the family. Although they escaped with only minor injuries, they are now left homeless, as the attackers seized their property.

This is not the first time that Pastor Aziz has been targeted because of his faith. Several years ago, his five-year-old son was kidnapped by relatives who were opposed to their ministry. They have not seen their son in more than fifteen years.

Pastor Aziz is from a Muslim background and has been actively involved in church planting within Pakistan's Balochistan province, near the Iranian border. Despite their recent loss of home, the family is determined to continue their ministry. For more information on the persecution facing Christians in Pakistan, go to our country report.

While we praise God for the intervention of the unexpected rescuer who was able to assist in time during the recent attack, pray for Pastor Aziz and his family as they overcome the pain and loss, and the abduction and resulting estrangement of their son in previous years. As was the case of Moses who was raised in the household of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh (Exodus 2:1-10), may the Lord keep His hand of protection and spiritual blessing on this child -- bringing about a miraculous reunion. Also pray for the provision of a safe home for the family, and for their continued strength and boldness to endure in ministry, despite the opposition.

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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