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Persecuted for Sharing the Gospel

Nadia and her family now
Pakistan man reading a Christian book

Rachid is a 7-year-old boy in Pakistan. Rachid’s uncle, Kazim, is an evangelist. After working as a farmer during the day, Kazim rode his bicycle from place to place at night telling people the good news of Jesus.

One night as he was getting ready, six radical Muslim men came to his house. The men did not like Kazim because he taught Muslims about Jesus.

Kazim whispered to Rachid, who was nearby, “Please take my Bible and keep it with you.” Kazim knew that the Muslims might try to harm him. They had tried to force him to give up his faith in Christ once before. He wanted to make sure his Bible would be safe.

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“Spring Is Coming”

Houses in Pakistan
Houses in Pakistan

Hasan is a Christian in Pakistan. One day when he got up in the morning, he prayed, “Oh Lord, today I will not do anything until you lead me to someone or bring someone to me who has lost hope and wants to know you. I want to be used by you directly.”

For several hours, nothing happened. “Nothing is going to happen,” Hasan thought. Just then, a man knocked on his door. Hasan invited him into his house.

The man was a Muslim who had walked three miles from his village to visit Hasan. “Someone told me about you, and I have come to you for prayer,” the man told Hasan. The man said he had been looking for a job for five years, but could not find one. “I am tired of my life,” he said.

Hasan was grateful to Jesus for answering his prayer for guidance. He told the Muslim, “You did not come here by chance. God brought you here. He wants to give you peace.” Hasan shared the truth about Jesus with the visitor and prayed for him. “I want to come back tomorrow,” the man said.

The next day, he returned. Hasan told him more about the God who save people from sin. The man was very excited! He wanted to know more about the one who gives people peace.

Now the man is going to church regularly. “Spring is coming into my life,” he said.

Thank God for leading the man to Hasan’s house. Pray that he will give his life to the Prince of Peace.

John 14:6 Changes a Girl’s Life in Pakistan

Nadia and her family now
Nadia and her family now (eyes covered to protect identities)

Nadia grew up in a Muslim home in Pakistan, where most of the people are Muslims. Her family slept on the roof during the hot summer season. (Many houses in Pakistan have flat roofs.) There was a church near her home.

One night, Nadia heard the pastor of the church praying over a loudspeaker. He sang worship songs, then he recited John 14:6, which says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

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Youth Persecuted in Tanzania and Pakistan

Reading the Quran
Reading the Quran

Eva, a 17-year-old girl in Tanzania, was recently sent to prison for two years. Muslims in her family and town were angry because Eva had left Islam, the religion of Muslims, three years ago. When she refused to return to Islam, Muslims reported that she had damaged a Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.)

Muslims handle copies of the Quran with great care because they believe it is the word of Allah, who they worship. Even if they do not read or understand the Quran, they keep it in a safe place and never on the floor. In some Muslim areas, radical Muslims get very angry if they think someone has handled a Quran roughly.

Christians in Pakistan can also go to jail for “blasphemy” if they damage a Quran. Blasphemy means a word or deed used to dishonor something holy.

Last week, a girl in Pakistan was accused of burning pages of a Quran. A large, angry mob gathered in her town to protest against her. She was taken to a police station.

Some reports say the girl may have been collecting trash to burn for fuel. Some Muslims believe that the trash included pages from a Quran. Christians in the area are afraid that their homes may now be attacked by the radical Muslims.

Pray for Eva, for the Pakistani girl, and for Christians in Tanzania and Pakistan.

ReadComparing the Bible and the Quran” in the Beliefs section of this site to learn more about the Quran.

“I Love to Serve”

Girls reading children’s Bibles

Najwa is a Christian in Pakistan. She had to quit school after 8th grade because her family was poor. They needed Najwa to go to work to help them buy food.

Najwa found a job cleaning at a hospital. “I was very happy to find this job,” Najwa said.

During her breaks, Najwa read her Bible. One day, a Muslim girl asked her, “What are you reading?” Najwa answered, “I am reading about Jesus.”

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