Published on July 21st, 2014
In Pakistan, Muslims hold festivals to celebrate Muslim culture and traditions. Sometimes radical Muslims leaders preach at the festivals.
Many Muslims in Pakistan get along with Christians. But Christians are harshly persecuted by other Muslims who are radical about their faith. The radicals who speak at the festivals convince some youth to join their group.
Bold Christians enter the festivals quietly. They pass out Christian books, and they talk with anyone who seems interested. But not everyone is interested in what they have to say. Often Muslims threaten to beat them up.
During one festival, a mob of angry Muslim attacked a Christian group. They beat up the Christians and injured one Christian’s jaw. When the police got there, they arrested the Christians for starting a public disturbance!
The Truth in Jail
The Christians were still bleeding from the attack when they were put in jail. But they began singing praises to God, just like the Apostle Paul and his friend Silas (Acts 16:25).
One inmate told them, “If the Jesus you follow is really so great, He should be strong enough to have me released this very day.” A few hours later, the prisoner was released! Before he left, he told everyone in jail, “Listen to these men! What they are sharing is the truth!”
- Why do you think radical Muslims wanted to beat up the Christians? (Read John 15:20–21.)
- If you were at a Christian festival and a Muslim came to the festival, what would you do? (Read 1 Peter 3:15.)
- For what reasons might the Christians not feel like singing in the jail in Pakistan? Why do you think they were praising God?
Source: July 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter