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Church in Pakistan
Ask the Lord to protect Pakistani believers as they seek to maintain a consistent testimony.

On December 22nd, a lay pastor in the Charar area of Lahore shared a faith-based post on Facebook that some local Muslims considered blasphemous. When he realized the response, Pastor Raja Waris apologized, and it appeared that the issue was resolved. However, word spread throughout the community and hundreds of Muslims began protesting, demanding that Pastor Raja be beheaded.

In the midst of these demonstrations, it was revealed that some of the protestors planned to set fire to the homes of Christians. Hundreds of threatened community members fled the area for safety. On December 28th, Pastor Raja was handed over to police custody where he remains. At last report, no charges have been laid.

Police were deployed to Charar and the displaced Christian families have since been able to return to their homes after receiving assurances that there will be no violence committed against them. For more information on the persecution frequently faced by Christians in Pakistan, go to the country report.

Please pray for the safety of Christians residing in Charar, asking the Lord to minister His peace not only in their troubled community but also within their anxious hearts. May His Holy Spirit mediate on behalf of Pastor Raja, providing him mercy and vindication among his accusers and safe release from detainment. Pray that the demonstrators will be touched by God's wonderful love, cease from their protests, and take positive steps to promote unity among all of Pakistan's various people groups.

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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