Day 28

DECEMBER | 2021

Pakistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The government has established a new religious body called the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority (RAA). The RAA is to teach the life of the prophet Mohammed to adults and children. They will monitor school curriculum and watch for “blasphemous” content on websites and social media. Human rights groups, women’s rights advocates, and religious minorities, including those representing Christian churches, have all expressed concern that the RAA will further limit their freedoms. Today we marvel at the coming of Jesus into our world, to bring freedom and break the chains of oppression. Pray that the Church in Pakistan will have the courage and voice to spread the word concerning Jesus Christ (The Bible, Luke 2:15-20).

Source: New religious body draws ire from rights activists (DW)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Pakistan has the world’s third-largest Muslim population. It is also one of the world’s most corrupt countries. Pakistan’s political and economic systems are crippled by the interference of refugees and radical Islamists. Pakistan hosts 1.4 million refugees and at least 48 terrorist and extremist groups – including the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and IS. The country’s culture of Islamization with its notorious blasphemy laws has led to devastating consequences for Christian Believers, who experience more violence than almost anywhere else. Threats of violence and terror attacks are a very real part of life for the Christian community. Despite obstacles, the Church continues to grow, though lack of sound teaching opens the door to corruption, immorality, and low spiritual standards among Christians. Pakistan has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic with numbers of cases and deaths high, and economic impact felt keenly among the nation’s poor.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Mamnoon Hussain
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Imran Khan
POPULATION
199 million
CHRISTIANS
0.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
5
REFUGEES
2,962,782
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67.39 yrs
LITERACY RATE
55%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
12.4%