|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Arif Alvi|
Muslim and Christians coexist in Pakistan, however, they’re normally considered separate and unequal. The streets where Christians live are dusty and the living conditions are cramped. Christians are treated like second-class citizens and often remain impoverished due to discrimination in the workplace.
Converting to Christianity is dangerous. Muslims wishing to leave Islam and follow Jesus are threatened by their friends and family. Their new faith is viewed as shameful and dishonoring. The blasphemy law also means Christians can lose their jobs, social status or their lives for speaking out about their faith in Jesus.
Pakistan remains one of the most violent countries in the world for Christians. At least 15 Christians were killed during the 2019 World Watch List reporting period, often in relation to blasphemy laws. However, God is moving in Pakistan and the church continues to meet together despite the cost.
“We celebrate Easter knowing that at any time a suicide bomber can come and disrupt our service, our worship, our praying. Then I think: Will it really be disrupted or will I be sent into the fullness of worship?” – A mother of two from Pakistan, and former Muslim, who now celebrates Jesus at Easter.
Through our local partners, Open Doors is strengthening the church in Pakistan by providing emergency relief to victims of violent persecution, job opportunities, pastors training and trauma therapy.
Pray for Christians to preach the gospel with boldness, even in the face of increased opposition.
Pray for protection over Christians as they deal with Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
Pray for new believers to remain strong in their faith in Christ, despite persecution.