Pakistan

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• Pray for the spiritually oppressed in remote areas to encounter the Gospel.

 

• Pray for the Church to multiply in the power of the Spirit as persecution intensifies.

 

• Pray for the strongholds of Islamist extremism and terrorism to be demolished and rendered powerless.

 

SUMMARY

Known as the land of poetry, Pakistan is a complex blend of old and new.  Though the nation has only been officially recognized for a few decades, ancient ties connect it to a religious and historical background thousands of years older than the country itself.  Home to Taxila, which some consider to be one of the oldest universities in the world, as well as dozens of distinctive cultures scattered through the various tribes in the Karakoram mountain range, Pakistan is a unique fusion of diverse customs and unity through a predominantly shared Islamic faith.

 

In spite of its rich culture, Pakistan is a poor nation with bleak economic outlooks.  An estimated thirty-five percent of the people live below the poverty line, and children are often pulled out of school to work in order to supplement family income.  Substance abuse is considered the greatest social issue in Pakistan, closely followed by low literacy rates and government corruption.  In 2006, the Pakistani government was forced into an agreement with Islamic extremists which gave the militants complete control over numerous territories and allowed the development of Taliban-run schools.

 

With most of the country controlled by Islamic fanaticism, Christians live in a constant reality of abuse, abduction, rape, and murder.  Pakistan, the second-largest Muslim nation, is located near the center of the unevangelized world.   Outside of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has the greatest concentration of Islam with over ninety-five percent claiming themselves as followers.  Bible translation is exceptionally difficult, and only seven of the seventy languages used in Pakistan have a completed New Testament.   Many Christians and Muslim background believers struggle to forgive the injustices they are experiencing at the hands of those who do not know the Lord.  May the Lord’s peace prevail in the uncertainty of Pakistan and strength be with those who spread the gospel.

If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.  - John 14:14

 

 

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Continent: Asia

Capital City: Islamabad

Government: Federal Republic

Population: 176,242,949

Major People Groups: 78% Indo-Aryan, 18% Indo-Iranian

Religion: 96% Muslim, 2% Christian, 1% Hindu

Language: Urdu, Punjabi

GDP Per Capita: $2,600

Literacy Rate: 49.9%

UNREACHED: 96.5%

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