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Asif Pervaiz (right) and his attorney (center) - Photo: Morning Star News
Asif Pervaiz (right) and his attorney (center)
Photo: Morning Star News

Marilyn and her four young children have had to flee for their lives after her husband, Asif Pervaiz, was sentenced to death for blasphemy on September 8th (read more). Typically, even the families of those accused of blasphemy are targeted with acts of violence by opposing community members. In an effort to stay safe, Marilyn and her children are now in hiding.

Asif, 37, had already spent seven years in jail, leading up to his conviction last month. The case started with his refusal to convert to Islam or participate in Muslim prayers with others in the workplace. He was then accused of blasphemy for allegedly sending texts of this nature from his cell phone to the supervisor.

VOMC's ministry partner, Release International, is providing assistance to Asif and his family at this time. The conviction is being appealed, with the support of Saif ul Malook, a Muslim lawyer who has risked his life to defend Christians -- including Asia Bibi who was acquitted in October 2018 and then forced to flee the country with her family for protection.

Please remember to pray for Asif Pervaiz while he awaits the outcome of his appeal in prison, asking for justice to prevail in his case. In the meantime, may the gracious love of God that Asif conveys in prison be used as a vibrant witness of our living Lord Jesus Christ so that many prisoners and officials will be drawn into the Kingdom of God. Additionally, pray that Marilyn and her children will experience His protection and provision while seeking safety in an undisclosed location. Continue to lift up the many other Christians throughout Pakistan who are facing persecution because of their faith in Christ.

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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