Pray for the persecuted Christians in Pakistan
“ He gives strength to the weary and increases the
power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29
- Pray for Pakistan’s government and the Parliament. Pray that God will touch the hearts of key political players and decision-makers to hear the plight of persecuted Christians and to respond by working for justice for all.
- Pray for our workers in Pakistan. Pray for Joseph Francis of CLAAS Pakistan and for his team of Christian lawyers, workers and volunteers. Pray that God will give them strength and wisdom as they seek justice for victims of religious persecution.
- Pray for NasirSaeed of CLAAS UK and for volunteers involved in raising awareness in local churches. Pray that God will provide the financial resources to enable our team to campaign effectively for the abolishment of the Blasphemy law in Pakistan.
- Pray for an abundance of God’s grace for individuals and families in Pakistan who are undergoing persecution. Pray that they will find peace and comfort in God. Pray also that our CLAAS team will be able to reach out and help them by offering legal aid and practical assistance.
- Pray for the growth of the church in Pakistan, pray for church leaders and other workers who are involved in ministry in their communities.
- Please read the latest news items below and pray specifically for these individuals and their families.
Latest prayer needs:
Pray for Sawan Masih’s court hearing this week
Latest news: Sawan Masih
Sawan Masih whose court hearing has been adjourned repeatedly over several years is once again due in court on the 27th of November. He has been on death row since 2014.
At the previous scheduled hearing on 13 November, Sawan’s case was adjourned as the judge was busy with other cases. He promised to hear the case on 27 November 2019. It has been an agonising wait for Sawan’s wife and three children.
As well as waiting to hear the fate of their husband and father, the family live in fear for their own lives. They have received numerous death threats and severe financial hardship – this has been exacerbated by their appearance in a Channel 4 documentary about the Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan.
Sawan is being held in the Central Jail in Faisalabad, 140 km west of Lahore, but his mother Billo Bibi says the authorities are considering moving her son to another jail even further away, in Sahiwal, which will make travelling to visit him even more difficult.
Sawan was accused by a Muslim friend of making derogatory remarks against the Prophet Mohammed in 2013. He was found guilty of blasphemy and put on death row the following year, where he remains.
The original arrest of Sawan was accompanied by mob violence, and the family are currently in hiding in a safe house provided by CLAAS.
CLAAS have been supporting Mr Masih and his family and we are hopeful that this time his case will finally be heard.
Ask that his case will finally be heard and Masih’s wife and family will spared another agonising wait.
Pray that his lawyers will be listened to with fairness and given a real chance to prove his innocence.
Pray for his swift release and future safety.
Youhanabad church bombings
CLAAS is currently supporting 45 Christians being tried, following the church bombings in Youhanabad, Lahore.
Muslim suicide bombers set off explosives at two separate churches, killing 15 people and injuring 70 more. The attacks set off a wave of protests in the region. At one of these protests two Muslim men were lynched.
40 of the accused are facing trial for the lynching itself while another 39 have been charged with vandalism caused during the protests.
CLAAS’s lawyers attend these hearing regularly and have completed cross examining the prosecution witnesses.