Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Romans 8:35-37 (ESV)

Pakistan is the world's fifth most populous country and has the world's second-largest Muslim population. It gained independence in 1947 after the Partition of the British Indian Empire. Since independence Pakistan has seen significant economic and military growth as well as continuing political and economic instability. It is ethnically and linguistically diverse and faces many challenges, including poverty, illiteracy, corruption, and terrorism. 4.9% of the population lives at $2.15 a day, while about 85% of Pakistanis live at $6.85 a day. It ranks 161st in the Human Development Index and is among the lowest ranking countries in the world. Recently, torrential floods left 1,700 people dead and displaced 8 million people.

Country Stats

Capital City: Islamabad
Government: Federal Islamic parliamentary republic
Major People Groups: 45% Punjabis, 15% Pashtuns, 14% Sindhis, 8% Saraikis, 8% Muhajirs, 4% Balochs, 6% Others
Population: 242,923,845
Religion: 97% Muslim, 2% Hindu, 1% Christian
In Pakistan, Christians are considered second-class citizens and are discriminated against in every aspect of life. Church leaders can be arrested if they don’t abide by the authorities’ wishes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, aid was provided to Christian day laborers only if they converted to Islam. Pakistan’s infamous blasphemy laws are used to accuse non-Muslims (or minority Muslim sects) of insulting the Prophet Mohammad or the Quran and even a false accusation can lead to mob violence. Additionally, there is a tragic epidemic of kidnappings, forced marriages, and forced conversion of Christian girls and women.

How to Pray

  • Pray that God will protect His children in Pakistan.
  • Pray that the Lord will preserve the faith of our Pakistani brothers and sisters, especially those facing persecution.  
  • Pray for the strongholds of Islamist extremism and terrorism to be demolished.
  • Pray that many will come to faith through the faithful witness of courageous believers.

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