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Pakistan: Punished for Following Jesus

Pakistan

In many public schools in Pakistan, most of the students are Muslim. Christians in these schools are often forced to eat at separate tables. At one school, a Muslim teacher forced a Christian girl to stand in the hot sun until she fainted. The girl was being punished for wearing a cross necklace to school.

Christian parents can send their children to private Christian schools if they want to. But Christians who are poor are not able to pay for private schools.

Sobia, a teenager in Pakistan, told the following story to friends from The Voice of the Martyrs.

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Pakistan: No Longer Enemies

Pakistan

Ask God to show you how to share His love with others who need a helping hand during a time of struggle.

Seeta and Kamilah were teenage girls from a village in Pakistan. They were students at the village high school and their favorite subject was art. Like many Pakistani girls, they used their artistic talent to draw designs on the backs of their hands with henna dye. Since this was forbidden at school, Seeta and Kamilah drew designs on only one hand and kept that hand hidden in their clothes!

The two friends enjoyed learning languages. They could speak a little English, as well as two Pakistani languages. They also loved to watch television, but they were able to do so only when visiting cousins in a city. Their homes in the village didn’t have television.

One day, an earthquake shook the ground for six minutes in and around their village. When it ended, much of the village was rubble. Seeta and Kamilah could no longer attend school, study art, or learn languages. They didn’t even live in houses anymore; they lived in tents. Life became more of a struggle.

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Pakistan: New Struggles for Mehak

Churches in Pakistan often post guards outside their worship service to protect the worshipers. But the guards can’t always stop attacks.

In 2013, guards were posted at All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, when radical Muslims attacked the church. The attackers’ bombs injured many at the church, including 4-year-old Mehak.

Mehak has been in the hospital many times for surgery to heal her injuries. Recently she began having seizures. The doctors found that she has small blood clots in her brain. Please pray for her complete healing.

(Photo: Mehak)


Javed: A Christian in Pakistan

(Source: VOM-Australia. Photo: A family in Pakistan)

How did you celebrate Christmas last year?

Did you go to church? Decorate your house? Eat special food? Exchange gifts with family members?

That’s how Javed, a Christian in Pakistan, enjoyed the occasion. But he wasn’t always able to celebrate Christmas in special ways.

Like many Christians in Pakistan, he started working at a young age to help support his family. Christians in his country often do not have the opportunity to get a good education or job. Family members of all ages have to work sometimes. Javed was 6 years old when he went to work and live at a brick kiln. He was forced to work to pay off the debt of a relative he didn’t even know.

Click here to learn more about the tasks of a brick kiln worker.

The brick kiln bosses forced his family to work on Sundays, so they were not able to go to church. They could go to church on Christmas, but only if they left one family member behind to prevent the family from trying to escape their harsh jobs and lives.

When Javed made a mistake on the job, he was fined, and the loan debt was raised. He would never be able to finish paying off the debt, no matter how hard he worked. But thanks to God and kind Christians, Javed was freed from the brick kiln when someone paid off his family’s debt. He is now an adult, free to attend church, celebrate Christmas, and have a somewhat better job.

But his struggles are not over. His wife died of an illness because they couldn’t afford medical treatment. Javed does his best to take care of their four children, and he is thankful to be able to go to church and celebrate special occasions with them.

Pray for Christians in Pakistan who work in the brick kilns.

Learn more about Christians in Pakistan in Bold Believers in Pakistan, available in the Downloads section.

Watch a video about Pakistani Christians here. (Parents and teachers: Please preview the video before showing it to younger children, and if children view it, stop the video at the end before additional videos appear that you have not previewed.)


Escape from Kidnappers

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The following story about Parveen, a girl in Pakistan, is from the Kids of Courage archives.

“I am 13 years old, and I live in Pakistan. My name is Parveen.

“My father believes in Jesus. But when I was a year old, my mother left my father, became a Muslim, and married a Muslim man. My father remarried, and now I have a stepmother.

“I go to a Christian boarding school in a large city. In the evenings, a pastor’s wife prays with us. She told us that Jesus sacrificed for us because he loves us. I started studying the Bible every day. After that I decided to follow Christ and got baptized. I was very happy.

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