Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Meet Pervaiz and his wife Zareena. Pervaiz works at a brick kiln. This is dangerous and low-paid work but is one of the only employment options open to Christians in Pakistan who are often illiterate and poorly educated. The work can be dangerous, and Christian employees are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. In 2015 Pervaiz was falsely accused of blasphemy and spent time in prison before finally being acquitted. Zareena was badly beaten by police and still suffers from the injuries. On top of all this they suffered a further tragedy when their 3-year old daughter drowned in a water container at the brick kiln.
Waseem, Release International’s partner in Pakistan, says that the daily oppression Christians face in Pakistan is like an added weight they have to carry on their backs, and it doesn’t look like it is going to get any lighter. He says that the one thing we must do is ask God to strengthen their backs.
Imagine if you were forced to remain at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder simply because of your faith. Imagine you had to face danger at work, exploitation, and threats of violence. How would you feel? What would it be like to carry that added weight?
During lockdown many of us have taken the opportunity to walk more in our local area. Perhaps you could use this time to pray for Christians like Pervaiz and Zareena who face oppression because of their faith. Pick up a stone (small or large), put it in your pocket or carry it in your hand. As you walk carrying this added weight remember the oppressed and the added weight they have to carry every day.
You could also help to support oppressed Christians by donating $1 or $2 for every kilometre you walk during a week or month.
To make an online donation click here and select ‘Vom Ministry Fund' from the dropdown menu, or phone 02 4759 7000.