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Pakistan: Christian Girl Kidnapped

Pakistani girl

Thirteen-year-old Sadaf lives in Pakistan. Her Christian family recently made a video about her. But the video does not tell about a happy family celebration or vacation. It is a plea for help.

A few months ago, three Muslim men kidnapped Sadaf. Her family was able to contact the kidnappers and tell them they wanted their daughter back. The kidnappers said they would return Sadaf to them.

But eight days later, instead of giving Sadaf back to her family, the men gave them a marriage certificate. The certificate falsely said that Sadaf was 18 years old. It said she had converted to Islam, the religion of Muslims, and that she had married a Muslim man.

Christians say that hundreds of girls in Pakistan are kidnapped every year and forced to change their religion and marry Muslims. Sadaf’s family has requested help from the police, and they made a video about her situation in an effort to pressure the authorities to act. But so far the police have ignored their requests.

Read below three prayer requests for Sadaf and her family.

*Ask the Lord to directly intervene to ensure the release of Sadaf and other captives, either through His miraculous hand or through the work of the local authorities. Pray that Sadaf’s case will be taken seriously and that she and her family will be looked upon with compassion.
*Ask the Lord to comfort, protect, and strengthen Sadaf and her family during this very difficult time.
*Pray that the Lord will bring change to the hearts of the captors to bring true repentance.

(Source: VOM Australia)

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


Sleeping on the Roof

Abdul (right) and his mentors

Late at night, after most people in Pakistan were asleep, Adbul secretly approached a house in his village and climbed up to the roof, where he slept until about 5 a.m. He woke up when the sun rose, climbed down, and walked quietly away.

The house belonged to Abdul’s parents, who had kicked him out of their Muslim family when he became a Christian. Abdul had no place to live, so he spent every night for six years on the roof of his former home. “It was easy in the summertime, but very hard during the wintertime,” Abdul said. “I always kept a matchbook in my pocket to make a fire to make myself warm.”

When Abdul felt lonely or discouraged, he prayed, “Thank you, God. This is all about You and for You.”

Abdul’s relatives finally allowed him to stay in a separate room added to their house, but they continued to verbally abuse him and give him a hard time. Abdul prays for them. Abdul plans to marry a Christian girl he met in another part of Pakistan. His family will not attend the wedding. Abdul accepts persecution as part of being a Christian.

“I know that I have to die,” he said. “But before I die, I want to share the good news that people can go to heaven.”

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and clarity.)

Read another story about a Christian who had to sleep in an unusual place here.


Learning to Play

Pakistani girl playing cricket

The previous post told about Aaron, a Pakistani Christian who stayed in Pakistan to help kids learn about Jesus.

Many Christian families in Pakistan have to work at brick kilns because better jobs often go to Muslim workers. Aaron visited a brick kiln to minister to the people. He saw children as young as 4 years old making bricks to earn money for their poor families.

Aaron planned to play games with the children, then teach them more about Jesus. “Come and play!” he said to some children. Like other children around the world, most kids in Pakistan like to play games. (See the photo above of a girl playing cricket, a popular sport in Pakistan.) But the brick kiln kids looked at Aaron blankly. They didn’t know how to play. They made bricks all day long and did not go to school.

Aaron tried to make some bricks. “I could only make two or three,” he said. “But little kids do it all day long.”

With the help and support of The Voice of the Martyrs, Aaron has been able to provide picture Bibles to brick kiln children, to bring them hope, and to play games with them!

You can watch a video of a girl making bricks at a brick kiln here.

To make a brick mix 2 cups of straw (or dried grass), 4 quarts of dirt, and 6 cups of water. Line a shoebox with a trash bag. Tape the bag to the outside of the box to secure it. Pour some of the dirt mixture into the box. Let it dry in the sun for about two days. Take it out of the box and turn it over so the bottom can dry.


Needed at Home

Girls in Pakistan reading about Jesus

Aaron gave his life to Christ at a Bible camp in Pakistan when he was 13 years old. He studied the Bible and shared his faith with others. But as time went on, Aaron was not content with his life. He wished he could leave his home in Pakistan and move to another country. Like many other youth in his country, he imagined that life would be better and more exciting somewhere else.

One day Aaron attended a Christian event, and he noticed younger children who had come with their parents. He began to talk to the children and ask them questions.

“Why do we celebrate Christmas?” Aaron asked the children.

“Because that’s when Jesus rose from the dead!” a child answered.

“Why do we celebrate Easter?” asked Aaron.

“That’s when Jesus was born!” replied a child.

Aaron realized that the children were like “sheep without a shepherd.” (See Matthew 9:36.) Christian adults in the area were not trained to present Bible truths to children. Aaron realized he needed to stay in Pakistan to help the children. Since then, he has introduced many kids to Bible stories, Christian truths, and the Good News of Jesus. He is thankful that God called him to minister to children, and thankful that he answered God’s call.

To Think About
What would you like to do when you become an adult? Are you willing to change your plans if God calls you to do something else?

Learn more about Pakistani Christians in Bold Believers in Pakistan, available in the Downloads section of this site.


A Stuck Cow

 

Cattle in Pakistan

One day, a traveling team of Christians visited a carnival in Pakistan. The Christians hoped to share the good news of Jesus with the citizens of the town. Most of the people in Pakistan are Muslims.

As the team drove toward the carnival, they noticed a boy crying. Then they saw why he was so sad. His cow was stuck deep in mud. At first the cow struggled to get loose, but soon it grew tired and gave up.

The people in the area make their living by raising cattle and growing crops. The loss of a cow can be a serious problem for a family. But it looked like the boy would not be able to free his family’s cow.

So the Christians used their vehicle to pull the cow out of the mire. The boy was very happy and so grateful to the Christians!

“Why Did You Help?”
A Muslim leader had watched everything that happened with the boy and his cow. The Muslim said to the Christians, “There are other people here with vehicles, but no one tried to help the poor boy and his cow. But you seemed to care. Why did you help him?”

The Christians told the Muslim about the love of Jesus Christ. They explained that God cares about our burdens when we come to Him (1 Peter 5:7).

“It was the first time he had heard the truth about Jesus,” one of the Christians said later.

To Think About
The Christians didn’t plan to help a boy save a cow that day. They hoped just to share the gospel with people at the carnival. But God provided a way for them to explain the love of Jesus to Muslims in a practical way. Can you think of any practical ways you can serve others and talk to them about God’s love for the world (John 3:16)?