Here is a recent report from Pakistan about a brother who needs our prayers. Share this with others tomorrow, International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). This story is edited from a report by Compass Direct News, www.compassdirect.org. Let’s remember that persecution in the book of Acts was a consistent indication of the advance of God’s Kingdom. So it is today.
Muslim extremists in Islamabad, Pakistan on November 1 beat with bricks and hockey sticks a Christian clergyman who is the subject of a fatwa demanding his death. They had previously killed his 3-month old daughter in 2008 after learning of his conversion from Islam. The Rev. Dr. Suleman Nasri Khan, a former fighter in Afghanistan before his conversion to Christianity in 2000, suffered a serious head injury and broken bones in the assault by 10 Muslim extremists. He said the radicals pelted him with stones and bricks while others kicked him in the chest and stomach. They also tried to force him to recite Islam’s creed for conversion, but he refused.
On the day of the attack Khan had gone out to buy milk for his daughter, born on July 19, who was named after the daughter who was killed in 2008. He had sold some of his clothes at a pawnshop in order to buy milk for the baby, as he has been financially supporting six Christian families from his congregation who are on a Muslim extremist hit list. Khan’s wife often feeds their 5-month-old daughter water mixed with salt and sugar instead of milk.
Khan, 34, had relocated to a rented apartment in Islamabad after fleeing his home in Gujrat because of death threats against him and his family. The fatwa, a religious order to be obeyed by all Muslims, was issued after Khan protested anti-Christian violence in Kalupura last month. Muslims paid his landlord to reveal to them that Khan was living at his house. He was informed of the danger, but said, “ as I had sold and spent everything to help out Kalupura Christians, I was penniless and therefore failed to move on and rent a house there.”
The fellow pastor who took him to the nearby private clinic said he couldn’t go to police or a hospital for fear that Muslims would bring apostasy charges against Khan.
The Word instructs us to “remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also” (Hebrews 13:3). Let’s remember to lift up Pastor Khan, his family, and others who suffer with him. Pray that they will be given boldness, comfort, healing and a vivid sense of the presence of Jesus Who promised that He would never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).