Pakistan is home to the second largest Muslim population in the world, with 99 percent of its populace identifying themselves as Muslims. In this environment, persecution by Islamic extremists against the small Christian minority is rampant.
Christians in Pakistan are confronted daily with threats of kidnapping and death. Christians have been executed after being accused of blasphemy against Muhammad. Christian women have been abducted by Islamic extremists, raped, and forced to marry their captors and convert to Islam.
Christians in Pakistan are also considered second-class citizens and battle widespread discrimination. They must pay a special tax, are not permitted to hold authority over Muslims, are forbidden to build or repair churches, and women are required to wear headscarves.
This oppression has led Pakistani Christians to cling more closely to the truth and hope found in the gospel. It has strengthened their desire to advance the gospel where it is so strongly opposed. Pakistani Christians are devoted to sharing the Good News with the 177,522,717 unreached people in Pakistan.
Recently, a listener wrote in to FEBC’s broadcast station in Pakistan asking for prayer for believers in the midst of renewed persecution.
“Pray that God’s people will stand firm in their faith, with grace and courage to withstand discriminating acts against the church,” the listener wrote. “Also pray for our teams in Pakistan and Bangladesh, as they establish websites to complement broadcasts. Pray that these sites will be relevant and engaging to young audiences who love to debate and engage with our teams.”