Leader: Prime Minister Imran Khan
How many Christians?: 4.1 million (1.9% of the population)
World Watch List Rank: 5
“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?”
Pakistani Christian mother and former Muslim
Pakistan is a strongly Islamic society. Christians in Pakistan are generally regarded as second-class citizens, and are only able to have jobs that are regarded as low, dirty and derogatory – in 2018 two Christian sewage workers who died after not being given any protective clothing, which shows the injustice believers face on a daily basis. There are some middle class Christians, but they are still considered inferior and face workplace discrimination.
The country’s anti-blasphemy laws rigidly defend Islam and are often used to accuse the Christian minority. An estimated 700 Christian women and girls are abducted every year and often forced to marry Muslim men. If their families complain, they are accused of harassing the ‘voluntarily converted’ girl. Churches are heavily monitored and have been regularly targeted for bomb attacks. The more active a church is in outreach and youth work, the stronger the persecution and opposition it faces.
even when things aren’t fair, when systems are broken and faith is shattered, I still trust You. Be known in Pakistan. Be known by extremists and militants. Be known through Christians who keep on loving even when the hatred seems never-ending. Bless and equip Your church there. Protect the vulnerable and guard the faith of those facing intimidation and harassment. Grow the Church. Use it to bring many to You. Do it Lord, I pray.
Other things to pray for…
Please keep praying for your brothers and sisters in Pakistan. Your prayers make an enormous difference to those following Jesus no matter the cost.
Open Doors raises prayer support for persecuted believers in Pakistan.
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imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.