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Nabeel Masih - Photo: Church in Chains www.churchinchains.ie
Nabeel Masih
Photo: Church in Chains

On March 1st, Nabeel Masih's lawyer successfully argued that there was no evidence of blasphemy committed by the teenage Christian, resulting in his release from a prison in Pakistan on March 18th (read more). He was then swiftly taken into hiding for his protection from militant crowds demanding his death.

It was anticipated that Nabeel's release would lead to his full acquittal once the paperwork was completed. However, court delays have exacerbated the danger of his situation. On March 22nd, lawyers argued that, for his safety, Nabeel should be excused from attending hearings. Instead, the judge ordered that the case be moved to a court in Nabeel's immediate home area, where risks to his safety would be the greatest. Subsequent appeals of the judge's decision have been unsuccessful.

Legal counsel has also called for police protection because of the many threats facing this young Christian. On behalf of Nabeel and his family, the British Pakistani Christian Association has been providing assistance towards the cost of lawyers, security personnel and living expenses. They will also be purchasing protective vests for those involved.

Pray that the courts will act quickly and justly, providing a full acquittal for this Christian teen. In addition, ask God to provide Nabeel and his family the courage, peace and safety measures needed to protect them from harm and harassment. Even in his youth, may the character of Christ be demonstrated through the life of this young man, serving as a powerful witness to all those around him. All the while, through the effectual workings of the Holy Spirit, may the hearts of many respond in faith to Christ.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC partners to train Christian women in sewing skills throughout Pakistan to provide a sustainable source of income for their families and encourage them in their faith and witness for Christ.

Project Funds: Families of Martyrs, Women’s Ministry

Country Information

Population
238,181,034 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Punjabi (44.7), Pashtun [Pathan] (15.4), Sindhi (14.1), Saraiki (8.4) Muhajirs (7.6) Balochi (3.6), Other (6.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (96.5), Other - Christian and Hindu (3.5)

Leader
President Arif Alvi (2018)

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Common law system with Islamic law influence

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Pakistan

Pray that amendments will be made to Pakistan's existing blasphemy laws so that the country's citizens – including its children – will be protected from injustice and abuse. May our Lord's mercy and justice prevail, not only in the judiciary system but also in the hearts of the country's militants. Ask Him to transform their "hearts of stone" into hearts that are receptive to His love, mercy and the workings of His Holy Spirit – not only for the purpose of protecting the Christian minority but also for the salvation of their own eternal souls.

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