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Persecuted believers in Pakistan are targets of rioting

August 16, 2023 by Abigail Hart in Persecuted believer in Pakistan

After two Christian brothers were allegedly accused of desecrating the Quran, angry Muslims quickly gathered at nearby mosques. They formed a mob to target the Christian community. The crowd swept through the area, vandalizing and looting homes—and destroying 26 churches.

Bishop Azad Marshal of Pakistan remarked, “A church building is being burnt as I type this message.”

He went on to describe the frightening turn of events: “Bibles have been desecrated and Christians have been tortured and harassed, having been falsely accused [of violating the Quran] … We cry out for justice and action from law enforcement and those who dispense justice.”

False accusations in Pakistan can swiftly lead to absolute devastation for our vulnerable brothers and sisters in Christ, as vigilante mobs ignore the rule of law and unleash their terror on innocent believers.

May John 15:18 warm the hearts of our persecuted family in Faisalabad; may they hold the words of our Savior dear and remember that their persecution is something He himself prevailed against: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first.”

Let’s pray.

Heavenly Father, we urgently pray for at-risk Christians in Faisalabad, Pakistan right now. We ask You to protect them from this escalating mob violence. Lord, cloak this area in Your peace. Calm those who are raging against Your people. Fill the believers with courage as they withstand these attacks. God, we ask You to defend the gathering places of Your holy people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

About The Author
Abigail Hart is a contributor at Global Christian Relief. She raises awareness for the plight of the persecuted church around the world. She invites you to learn more about Christian persecution on our website at

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