Christians in Pakistan are hurting.
Will you help them today?
My name is Noreen and I am a Release volunteer. I have served as a volunteer for three years and I am passionate about helping persecuted Christians.
I want to share with you about some of the believers I met on a recent trip to Pakistan and to invite you to help them.
First, let me tell you about Irfan, who was cast out from his home and his village, but refused to deny his faith in Christ.
Irfan told us how in 2004 he decided to take a Bible course, which was a dangerous thing to do, since his uncle was a Muslim Imam.
Until he came to Christ, ‘God was a God of the law and not of love’ for Irfan. The defining moment for his journey in faith was reading “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” in Romans 8:v1.
In January 2005 Irfan decided to follow Jesus. When his uncle heard about this he asked Irfan’s father to fetch a gun and kill his son.
God protected Irfan and his life was spared; but a mob from the village beat him badly and told him to turn his back on Jesus. He was only 17 years old.
He spent several months living in the fields. He begged for food or relied on the generosity of friends. During this time Irfan began to tell people he met about Jesus. And, he began to see God at work in their lives.
In the first year of his ministry six of his friends became Christians. Now, supported by Release, Irfan leads a growing church. He has 11 believers living with him in a small house.
Also let me tell you about Samuel and his son Adam who were badly injured during the Easter 2016 Lahore bombing.
Both of them are still struggling to survive one year on.
My heart went out to Adam as I watched him play. He is 7 years old and still has pieces of shrapnel embedded in his arm. His father too had a serious chest injury and showed me a large red scar that runs from his heart down to his stomach.
Samuel lost his job when he was injured in that horrific attack which killed over 70 people and a year later he is still unable to find work to provide for his family.
He has now developed other health problems, including mental health issues, which seriously affect his ability to work. And his situation is getting worse.
We prayed for Samuel and his son; and my hope is that you will pray for them too.
What’s more, I hope that you will reach out and help them and other survivors of the Easter 2016 Lahore bombing by making a gift to Release today.
You see, Samuel told me that he would like to re-train as a clerk so that he can try to find a desk job and earn enough to feed his family.
During my time in Pakistan I saw first hand how Release partners were putting your generous gifts to work to help persecuted Christians and their families.
But, there are still so many Christians who are hurting in Pakistan and who need our support and our prayers.
Will you join with me to help them by giving to Release today?
Your generosity will enable Release partners in Pakistan to continue to visit and pray for those who need encouragement in the Lord.
I have already sent a gift to Release and I hope you will do too.
Together we can ensure that persecuted and hurting Christians in Pakistan are not forgotten or left to struggle alone.
With warm Christian greetings,
Release volunteer and supporter