Prayer for Persecuted Christians – Recent Reports

12th July 2018

Download our notes as a printable PDF: Colombia & Pakistan

Follow the links given for the full report in each instance.

Colombia

World Watch List ranked 49 – profile

The first report was the main item in our notes for this South American country.
29 June – Open Doors UK: From guns to guitars

Children in Colombia are not guaranteed a normal, carefree childhood. In many cases, children are enlisted into the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), where they face violence and psychological and physical torture. But, thanks to your ongoing prayers and support, children like Abraham* do not have to face such a future.

As a child growing up in Colombia, Abraham dreamed of studying, working and helping his family. It was a dream impossible to realise in a region where children from a very young age are forced to carry guns and kill. Fortunately for Abraham, with God, nothing is impossible. And what was just a dream back then is now becoming reality, thanks to the support he has received from the Open Doors Children’s Centre.

27 Oct – Open Doors UK: Orphan from Colombia uses her story to share about God’s love

“I use my story to tell others that, for those who love God, all things work together for good. I try to make people understand that we do not have to turn away from God because of difficult circumstances.”

Sofia is from Colombia. She’s just 17, but she is wise beyond her years, and she doesn’t talk about God working through hardships lightly. When she was ten, both of her parents were murdered for their faith in Jesus.

7 Mar – World Watch Monitor: Colombia: the #OfCourseMeToo of Christian women and girls

If Christian women in Colombia could decide on a hashtag, it could be ‘OfCourseMeToo’: many of them also experience sexual violence, facing extra vulnerability because of their religion as well as their gender.

Soraya, 15, and her family belong to one of the four tribes that form the indigenous community of approximate 30,000 people in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, an isolated mountainous region in northern Colombia.

Here teenage girls as young as 14 are forced to marry men who maintain their indigenous beliefs, to make the girls forget about their Christian religion, according to the Christian charity Open Doors International.

Voice of the Martyrs Canada: Colombia Video Playlist

We watched “A Place of Their Own” and “‘Messenger of Hatred’ to ‘Message of Peace'”.

Pakistan

World Watch List ranked 5 – profile

The Pakistan general election is taking place on 25 July. This first article considers what it means to the Christian minority in this nation.

5 July – World Watch Monitor: Christians matter least in Pakistani politics

As Pakistan prepares for elections later this month, the country’s minorities – particularly its Christians – have expressed dismay at their lack of representation among the candidates.

Among the thousands of candidates contesting hundreds of provincial and national constituencies across the country, not a single Christian is nominated by any party – from the ultra-right to the liberal left.

In the 210-million-strong nation, minorities account for about 5 per cent of the population, but they remain absent from mainstream politics, with the country’s constitution even encouraging segregation between Muslims and non-Muslims in the political arena.

June 29 – International Christian Concern: Mentally Disabled Christian Beaten for Praying in Jail

ICC has learned that a mentally disabled Christian convicted of committing blasphemy was severely beaten in jail by his fellow prisoners for praying in front of them on June 22, 2018.

Yaqoob Bashir, age 25, was accused by a Muslim cleric, Talib Hussain, of burning pages of a booklet carrying Quranic verses in Mirpurkhas, located in Pakistan’s Sindh Province, on June 4, 2015. He was then arrested under Section 295 – B of Pakistan’s Penal Code, commonly referred to as blasphemy laws.

June 21 – CLAAS: Asia Bibi suffering for nine years

On June 19, Asia Bibi marked spending nine years in prison for a crime she has always denied.

She was arrested on 19 June 2009 when she was accused on charges of blasphemy following a complaint by her Muslim co-worker after an argument about drinking from the same bowl used by the Muslim workers.

The complaint was backed by the local Imam who claimed she had insulted the prophet Muhammad.

Voice of the Martyrs Canada: Pakistan Video Playlist

We watched “Pakistan: Christians Forced to Live in Slums”.


Notes from previous prayer sessions in PDF format: