First let us thank you for your letters of support and the dozens of offers of support to help the orphans and adopt children who are on the Turkish side of the border of Syria and Iraq. A few people have offered to gather clothes etc to send to Turkey. The best way is financial as we can buy the clothes, food and other supplies locally and have them there in just a day or two.
We are working out a way to get some local monasteries to set up temporary orphanages to be used also as a processing center, ready to move children to countries and families that are willing to adopt them. We are also going to hire local refugees willing to help us to distribute the clothes, food etc as well as care for the children while we organize their movement to a permanent status , hopefully with a family in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. We also are working to find out what will be required to get the necessary paperwork to adopt the children as currently there is no documentation to prove the ages or the health of each child. In normal adoption procedures the details of the birth parents along with legalities can be taken care of but this is a unique situation with no international legal precedent. We need the Turkish government to provide us with the guidlines on how to proceed which hopefully will not take too long, pray that we can do it quickly.
Few more photos of the kids we are finding
Once we have the procedures in place we will then start to put pressure on various governments and large institutions to help.
We also need you to tell your pastors about the orphan issue in particular and use the video we posted on the previous article which you can again watch here and share with your pastor. Please make the greatest effort to get the Pastors to have an event to both pray and collect special love offering so we can help. At the moment WE ARE THE ONLY ORGANIZATION PROVIDING AID TO SAVE THESE CHILDREN.
All money sent by churches will be used to purchase food, clothing, blankets and basic cold/flu and other over the counter medicines. Within week we will have people on ground to distribute the aid. Over the next few months we will be organizing on how we can move hundreds of orphans to other countries and we will keep up up to date, especially for those that are interested in adopting children.
We estimate to help and save all these orphans will cost over 20 million dollars. With your help and those of our many partners nationally and internationally we will save all these children.
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The spirits of the diabolical pursue after the saints of the Most Holy, conspiring and conniving, as Cain, “to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage” (Galatians 2:4).
And so are many of the sons of Heaven enslaved by those who are slaves to Satan. Over 20,000 Christian families now find themselves under the shackles of the heretic Muslims, who deny the Way, the Truth, and the Life, to only hate the life that God has created in His own image.
Let us look to the lives of Qasir Masih and his wife Farzana, both Christians who were enslaved by Muslims and forced to work in a brick kiln. Both of them give their testimonies as to their state of being slaves, and how they were eventually rescued by our organization, Rescue Christians:
Even if we go to market to buy some food they send their guards to watch over us, so we could not escaped. … And we were not able to educate our children. And we were living miserably; we were not allowed to go church or to any event of our family or relatives. The lives of our children were ruined and we were under constant threat and fear. …On the 22nd of July we met with the team of Rescue Christians, and we told them our and they promised to help us, which they did on the 25th of July. On the 25th of July, they rescued us from the Kiln and save or lives and now we are at safe place with freedom. God bless them abundantly.
Rescue Christians did an interview of Qasir and his wife, sharing their testimony of slavery and bondage, and their liberation from it by Rescue Christians:
Rescue Christians, moreover, rescued another Christian family from Muslim slavery. Meet Ansar Masih and Sobia Bibi. Both were kept in captivity and forced to work for a Muslim brick kiln. Yoked by the fetters of Islamic tyranny, they were forced never to observe Christian activities, even being prevented from celebrating Christmas. As the Christian family said themselves:
We were under many restrictions, we cannot go out nor enjoy any religious day like Christmas … We were working on the kiln as slaves with no contact with the outside world
They were then, by God’s providence, rescued from this horrid and wicked bondage, by our organization, Rescue Christians:
On the 15th of July, 2014 we met with the team of Rescue Christians. We told them all what happened with us, and we requested them to help us. And then later on Rescue Christians rescued us from the kiln and now we are safe and free. We are thankful to Rescue Christians and we pray that God blesses them.
Rescue Christians also interviewed Ansar Masih and his wife, and here is the video:
We still have thousands of other Christians in Pakistan that need to be rescued from this horrible state of slavery. Let us rescue them from the forces of darkness, and from the bastions of tyranny. Help us rescue them.
The life of the Christian is as the life of Christ. It is a struggle. It is a struggle with the forces of evil, in which the light toils and labors for justice, and triumphs even under the force of wood, nails, crowns of thorns, and piercing lances, for “the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:5)
It is a struggle in which a man’s closest relations become his enemies, and in which one must deny himself to endure the pains of the struggle. The life of the Christian is not one of peace, but of the sword, for, in the words of Christ, “I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” (Matthew 10:35-36)
Thus is the life of a young man named Abdullahi Aden Ali, a native of Somalia who decided to leave the heresy of Muhammad, take up his cross and follow Christ.
His father was entrenched into the false doctrines of Muhammad, obtaining the title of Haji after he went on a pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca. But even though he was brought up in such a devoutly Islamic household, his own intellect and soul was troubled with the chimerical theology of Muhammad. A struggle was occurring within his own being, with the Spirit wrestling with the flesh in an endless dual to the death.
One day he visited a fellow Somali who expressed his disbelief in Islam, and the two commenced a deep discourse on the religion. This man expressed some theological points which, though unknown to him until now, Abdullahi felt a strong inner conviction to be true.
During this time it was known that Somalia was on the brink of a civil war, and this man made known that the teachings of Christ would dissipate the clouds of strife and violence in their land. He told Abdullahi that Christ taught to turn the other cheek in times of persecution; that He walked amongst the poor and was never corrupted by the taint of pride or envy, all concepts and actions that were quite absent in his mind before they were told to him. His new friend also explained that the violent and morally decayed society of Somalia was a result of nothing else but the Islamic religion.
Such thoughts forced Abdullahi to wonder as to where he stood within the realm of religious realities. Was he in the true, or false religion? If Islam is inspired by God, then why does cruelty and never-ending war plague Somalia, a devoutly Muslim nation? Abdullahi himself wrote of this experience with his friend:
He believed that the collapse of Somali moral and cultural standards is caused by the Muslim religion. Initially I didn’t agree with him, but gradually I discovered that the lack of love and peace in Islam plays a great role in our people’s way of thinking.
It was at this point that a soaring urge compelled Abdullahi to quench the thirst which his soul suffered, and thus he was determined to endurably walk the path that leads to Divine Truth.
Abdullahi’s friend introduced him to an expatriate living in Somalia. There was something unusual and extraordinary about this man which struck him. Firstly, unlike the Muslims, he never hesitated to discuss matters of faith and theology, as opposed to the Islamic clerics who always avoided questions and discourse on such a subject. Secondly, he always took care of his wife and family, a fatherly action almost unknown to the nature of Somali culture. Thirdly, the way he prayed was most foreign, and yet most inspiring, to Abdullahi.
It was his Somali friend that introduced Abdullahi to Christianity, but it was this expatriate who first illustrated to him the spirit of Christianity. In his own words:
Through my Somali friend I got in touch with Christianity, but through this expatriate I discovered Christianity, and I began to compare the two religions. This man also gave me a Bible and I started to read it.
He voraciously perused the Holy Scriptures, joyously walked the luscious meadows of eternal writ, and allowed the brightness of divine truth to caress his wavering soul. He “walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,” (Pslam 1:1) but instead delighted “in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (Psalm 1:2) Abdullahi recounted this impactful moment:
I was amazed to discover the similarities between the stories of the Old Testament and the Qur’an. I found the Bible contained a more historical, detailed account. I then investigated critically to find out the historical origin of Islam – something that my people consider an unthinkable thing to do.
I started to read the bible very secretly, especially at night time when everybody goes sleep. My heart fell in love with this word in the bible: Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” I realized that God has a purpose for me and I kept reading the Bible for a year and a half again and again without discussing it with any one. Also I learned how to pray… every time I bow down and cry out to the lord.
But then, the Sword of Christ was unsheathed, the vicious anger which it provokes in the wicked appeared, and the holy blade cut asunder the bond between Abdullahi and his father.
His father angrily approached him and asked, “What is this?” He discovered his Bible and demanded to know for what reason he possessed it. He then severely whipped his son, and ordered his mother not to feed him any food until he be reported to the Sharia court. He then exclaimed to his son these piercing words:
It was better for you not to be born.
What they do to Christians in the sharia court in Somalia was horrifying. Just to give you an idea, here is a video a Christian convert in Somalia being beheaded for apostasy:
Also, as Shoebat.com reported, the Muslims in Somalia forced two daughters to watch their own mother get beheaded for converting to Christianity, after she went through a sharia trial.
More Christians will be killed in Somalia under sharia, and this is why we must rescue them. Rescue Christians has just expanded into Somalia, and we ask you to please click here to make a donation to save Christian lives in Somalia.
His father took out a sharp knife and threatened his son, demanding that he give him the password for his Facebook account. Once he opened his account, he saw with his own eyes all of the anti-Islamic statements, and debates with Muslims, that his son was making.
His father was enraged, and imprisoned him in his own room. But his mother, filled with maternal sympathy, secretly provided him with food, and told him
Your father is crazy….now he will kill you, I will try to help you run from him and go to another place.
She slipped a note under his door on which was a phone number, and said to her son,
When you are ready, tell me and I will open for you the door.
This poor Christian remained for two days in a dark room, and he dialed the number of a friend on Facebook, who then referred to him about our organization, Rescue Christians. He dialed our manager, Keith Davies, and cried to him for rescue. Abdullahi, in his own words, recalls the moment:
I kept contact with this person… his name was Keith Davies. I called him and told him,
“My father wants to kill me and wants to report me to the Islamic court.” After I contacted Keith, I told my mom that I found someone that may help me …and what my mom did was opened the door for me and she told me to run away….she said, “I will say something to your father, but you have to run.”
And so he left, and like the prophet Elijah, “ran for his life” (1 Kings 19:3), becoming a sojourning saint, a grain of salt wandering in the midst of death, toiling under the cross that he carried, separated by the Sword of the Holy One from the ungodly, and with the lance of persecution ripping through his side, he denied himself and kept the path of light to the mighty pinnacle of victory.
He took refuge in a friend’s home, and continued contact with Keith Davies who sent him $200 and helped him find a route of escape. Sending the money was most difficult, since it is illegal to send cash to Somalia. So we had to send it to Kenya where a contact of ours transferred the money to Abdullahi. He decided to travel to Ethiopia, a more Christian nation, and Keith connected him with a Somali contact living in Ethiopia who would help him obtain sanctuary.
The journey was long and arduous, filled with dangerous uncertainties, but fortified by the unending providence of God within the road of destiny.
On Monday, April 28th, 2014, Abdullahi began his traveling. At around midnight he commenced his precarious journey. He hopped into the back of a truck heading for Garoowe, and paid the driver $25, a great amount of money in that part of the world. But, he would not have been in possession of such money if it wasn’t for Rescue Christians who lent it to him.
The truck travelled for two hours and arrived in the area of Qardho where a number of robbers met him, and said that they could not pass unless they paid them $316. Abdullahi took up $10 of his own money, and the others in the truck added in from their own pocket. They gave the robbers the money, and the criminals said that they had to wait. After about one hour they were released and they resumed their arduous journey.
In the midst of the journey he began looking for a bus that could take him to Hargeisa. But then hunger took him and he decided to enter a restaurant. While he was eating, two police officers approached him and said he was under arrest.
They apprehended him and threw him into a cell. He suffered as Paul suffered, when a “commander came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains.” (Acts 21:33)
He was then interrogated at the police station, and one officer accused him of being a member of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. Abdullahi denied the charge, and said that he was simply traveling. But they did not listen to him. They instead tossed him into a cell filled with murderers and robbers. The other cell mates immediately attacked him, beating him and searching for money in his pockets, but they found nothing because he had wisely hid the cash in his underwear.
Abdullahi recalls his time in the cell:
The cellmates asked me, “Did you kill some one, are you thief?” And I told them that I did nothing but they just put me in prison. The room was very hot… I was sweating and everybody was stinking. I pray to the Lord, asking Him why He did this to me, just silently and from my heart. But God reminded me of the story of Job. then I stayed calm. After 6 hours the officer called out my name and he told me, “You are free to go.” Also he told me to give him some money otherwise he will arrest me again.
With such a story are we reminded of the words of Job:
Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness. (Job 30:26)
The next morning, after spending all night in a mosquito infested hotel room, Abdullahi caught a bus headed for Hargeisa, and the journey recommenced. But on the way, they were stopped by officers who asked him if he knew anyone in Hargeisa. He said that he did, a man named Abdulkadir. The officers ordered him to dial this man, and when he did, nobody picked up the phone. This provoked suspicion in the officers and so they arrested him. As they did to St. Peter, they “seized him” and “put him in prison,” but “prayer for him was being made fervently by the church of God.” (Acts 12:4-5)
They took his shoes and placed him in the cell, and now he stood, barefoot, with no help near him, only the Voice of God ringing the ears of his soul, echoing from the words of holy writ.
Four days he stood in captivity. He begged the officer for a phone call to Abdulkadir, and they permitted it. He made the phone call, and with the sound of each ring his heart beat with the highest intensity. He picked up, and promised that he would come by to pick him up. But, when Abdulkadir arrived he did not keep true to his promise, saying that he did not have the time to come for him. Two days later the officers finally let him go.
He eventually made it to his destination in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, where he united with our contact in that country. He is now living comfortably in a Christian land, where he can worship God without worry of being oppressed by the Muslim sword, and remain separated by the sublime Sword of Christ, for God “separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4).
He took up his cross, endured the great weight of the wood, took upon himself what the divine destiny brings upon the lives of the saints, felt the nails of the evil one, suffered the lance of the devils, and followed Christ, only to arise as a holy warrior triumphant over darkness, for “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
This is the first rescue mission Rescue Christians has done in Africa, help us save more of these Christians. We are obligated to save them. Please click here to make a donation to save more Christian lives in Somalia.
We would like to announce that Rescue Christians will now be expanding into Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Jordan. This is a very significant step in our endeavor to deliver Christians from this current holocaust that is incessantly increasing in violence and cruelty everyday.
This expansion in our mission is due to our recent partnership with Hatune Dogan, an Eastern Orthodox nun. This saintly woman has picked up her cross and entered into the valley of the wolves, to tend and to protect the helpless sheep of Christ’s herd from the ravenous wolves who hunger for the blood and flesh of the innocent. It is no exaggeration to say that Sister Hatune is the modern day Mother Terese for the Middle East.
Here is a speech done by Sister Hatune in Germany that will melt your heart and turn your soul to action, for it recounts the horrid realities which Christians are confronted with each and every day in their forlorn hours:
Born in the Turkish village of Zaz, Hatune was brought up as a farmer girl at a time when persecution against Christians was very intense. Both the Turks and Kurds were persecuting the Christians in the area of Turabdeen where she lived, and Hutune and her family were not exempt from their attacks.
In 1985 Hatune and her family migrated to Germany where she would continue her education. In 1988, she joined Mor Ephreim Monastery in Losser, Hollond, in which she became the member of their Sisterhood order of nuns.
After her high school education, she joined Theological Seminary in Mienz, Frankfurt, Germany, and in 1996 completed her degree in Practical Theology.
Hatune’s willingness to help the persecuted is so immense that it surpasses what anyone is doing today in the Middle East. She has visited 38 countries and worked in the Ministry of Charitable and Social Service in Zimbabwe, Turkey and in India. Her righteous deeds of course receive the vociferous wrath of the jihadists, in the words of Dogan, “I get 18 death threats in seven languages”.
But Sister Hatune is no pacifist. As she ardently believes in denying one’s self, helping the oppressed and turning the other cheek, like a true warrior, she as well zealously believes in taking up a whip and driving out the wicked. Here is a video of her expressing her dislike for cultural tolerance:
But the actions of this modern day Mother Teresa do not go unnoticed. In 2010 she received for her monumental and noble deeds the German Federal Cross of Merit, and was also honored by the German Home Office in Wiesbaden.
Here are photos showing just a glimpse of the victims Hatune helps, and the destruction and suffering, that she has to confront:
Sister Hatune’s favorite verse is Matthew 25:34-40, in which Jesus is describing Himself as the king in the the Day of Judgement, bringing those who helped the persecuted into Heaven, and condemning those who did nothing:
Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”
The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Are you willing to be worthy of the inheritance God has in store for the righteous? Or are you so careless as not to have any zeal for both your own soul and the deliverance of God’s people?
If we are going to save many Christian lives, we can only do it with your help. As of now we will be able to help 30 families each month, but with more funds, we will be capable of saving hundreds, thousands, even millions — it all depends on you.
All that takes for Christians to be saved, is to give what you can. To give only a little, is pleasing to Christ. Remember the story of the women who only gave two mites. What did Jesus say of her?
Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood. (Mark 12:43-44)
God, the King of Heaven, gives each and everyone of us talents, but it is up to us that we do something with them. Do not be like the man who took his talent, buried it under the ground, and did nothing, only to hear these words from his master: “cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:30) But be as the one who was active, who bore fruit, and to whom was told by his master:
Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master. (Matthew 25:23)
Now is the time to make your decision, to help the brethren of Christ, or to do nothing; to be as a Judas who preferred silver while His Lord was seized; to be a fruitful tree or a barren tree; to be a wheat or a tare; to be a faithful or a useless servant; to be a shepherd or a hireling; to be a sheep or a wolf.
6/7/2013 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that 20 Christian pastors were beaten by suspected Hindu radicals in India’s southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, June 5, after radicals accused the pastors of forcefully converting Hindus to Christianity. As a result of the attack, seven of the 20 pastors required hospitalization because of the severity of the injuries they sustained. Christians have staged peaceful protests to encourage local authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Twenty pastors from the Telugu Baptist Church gathered at a church in Hyderabad, a major city located in Andhra Pradesh, for their monthly prayer meeting on June 5th. According to witnesses, about 50 Hindu radicals broke into the church building and began “brutally attacking” the pastors with sticks and metal rods, causing severe injuries. Six of the pastors were dragged into the streets by the enraged mob, where they were beaten unconscious and verbally abused by their attackers. Seven of the pastors, identified by BosNewsLife as Thimothy, Kumar, Krupaiah, Roberts, Rosaiah, Lazarus and Thinothy, were rushed to the hospital for serious injuries.
The mob of Hindu radicals is suspected to be connected with the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). RSS had no immediate comment regarding the attack when the right-wing group was contacted by media sources.
This vicious attack comes weeks after another Hindu nationalist group, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), lost control of the government of Andhra Pradesh’s neighboring state, Karnataka. Under BJP’s rule, an atmosphere of impunity for Christian persecutors allowed Karnataka to become one of the most dangerous places for Christians to live in India. Christians in Andhra Pradesh are concerned that the persecutors in Karnataka are now moving into their state.
“We are deeply concerned that anti-Christian attacks are taking place in [Andhra Pradesh]. After Karnataka, such violence against Christians has started in Andhra Pradesh,” John Dayal, Secretary General of the All India Christian Counsel (AICC), told media sources after the attack.
Fearing the creation of an atmosphere of impunity similar to the one that exists in Karnataka, Christians in Andhra Pradesh are staging peaceful protests, demanding the government to take swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice. While condemning the attack itself, the AICC has called on the local government to take “stern action” against the culprits.
ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, William Stark, said, “Attacks on Christians in southern India, especially those on Christian leaders, have unfortunately been increasing over the past year. Members of Hindu nationalist groups like RSS and BJP use India’s anti-forced conversion laws as a pretext to curb the spread of Christianity by intimidating Christian leaders and terrorizing new converts. In areas where these groups hold power in the local government, Christians are allowed to be attacked with impunity. For years, local authorities acquiesced, and sometimes actively encouraged this sort of behavior. Decisive action must be taken. Such Heinous acts must not be allowed to spread to new areas in India.”
Our partners in Pakistan with resources provided by Rescue Christians through the generosity of their donor base are helping and supporting the victims of Persecution in Pakistan. Our partners on the ground in Pakistan are working against the social, Constitutional and religious discrimination of Christians and other Religious Minorities in Pakistan. Blasphemy laws, forced conversion, rape and abduction are at a very high level in Pakistani society. We provide legal assistance and safe houses for the victims of religious persecution in Pakistan.
The primary obligation of our partners on the ground is to be there for people affected by natural and man-made disasters, whether it is the flood of 2010 or the Internally Displacement Persons (IDPs) in 2009, with the help of their volunteers and resources mobilized locally, through health care services to the victims through Mobile Health Units in N.W.F.P (present Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa). They have provided health care services to Internally Displaced People (IDPs) for six consecutive weeks, through mobile healthcare units at different places, across Swabi. Our Partners did much work in the flood of 2010, which was the largest water disaster ever in the history of Pakistan. The volunteers and staff members reached the flooded areas where vehicles could not go. They worked many days and nights for the victims of the flood in the Sindh – and Punjab Pakistan, amongst the Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities. They also helped local churches in Sindh to repair and re-construct churches and schools, which were destroyed by the flood.
Religious Persecution in Pakistan:
Christians and other religious minorities are being falsely accused daily by those who use the Islamic blasphemy law as a weapon of intimidation. Rape and abduction with forcible conversion to Islam is at the highest levels in Pakistan. The evidence of Islam’s hostility towards Christians is overwhelming, with very limited attention given to it in the International community. There are many persecution web sites exposing this modern Holocaust within the Islamic world but very little exposure in the mainstream media. Christians have become the most oppressed class in Pakistan.
Religious Persecution became prevalent when Military Ruler Zia-Ul-Haq made the 8th Amendment in the Pakistani constitution; this Amendment has opened the doors of religious terrorism in Pakistan. As this foundation was being established, the Christian community only became alert when the Christians were first arrested under blasphemy laws in Pakistan in 1990.
In 2002, Christian persecution in Pakistan became rampant when dozens were arrested and a few were sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws. That year marked a dark year in history of Pakistan, when churches were attacked by the hands of Muslim militant groups, killing over 50 innocent Christians. Similarly, many incidents took place in different parts of Pakistan which ignited great fear in the Christian community. 2009 was undoubtedly another very bad year for the persecuted Christians of Pakistan. More often than not, the attacks, arrests, detentions and murder of 130 Christians can be traced back to the blasphemy laws. Although other religious minorities have suffered their fair share of false blasphemy claims, the wave of “blasphemy hysteria” in the last year has been leveled at Christians more than any other minority community. Muslim radicals have attacked Bhamaniwala, Korian and Gojra in which they looted and vandalized hundreds of Christian houses. Similarly, 2012 also became one of the worst years of Christian Persecution against the Religious Minorities in Pakistan, when hundreds of Christians and Hindu girls were abducted, raped, and forcibly converted to Islam. This high level of persecution forced Hindus to flee from Pakistan.
Large numbers of Hindu Families escaped from Pakistan to protect their wives and daughters. Before these Hindus were allowed to cross the Indo-Pak border, they shared their woes with the Pakistani media. They said that “their shops were looted, their houses were raided by unknown men and their women were forcibly converted to Islam in the province of Sindh.” The same Hindus held a protest after which the Pakistani government allowed them to cross over into India the next day. This embarrassing news made the Sindh Chief Minister and President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari take notice.
A presidential inquiry committee was set up to end the dilemma of Hindus. In 2009, the Pakistani government also set up a judicial commission to inquire about the Gojra attacks in which dozens of Christian homes were set alight and eight Christians were murdered. The judicial report identified responsible elements and also suggested amendments in the blasphemy laws.
Unfortunately, to this day, no attention has been paid to the judicial commission’s recommendations and the blasphemy laws remain. In August 2012, one mentally handicapped Christian girl named Rimsha Masih was falsely accused under the controversial Blasphemy law. When she was arrested, Christian families had to flee to save their lives from the Muslims of the neighborhood. Many of them were beaten by the mob on the day this incident happened. An angry mob had planned to set their house on fire, so they quickly ran for their lives and abandoned their homes. Many of the families took shelter in different Churches and community centers and some of them found security in the forest in Sector G-9/4. Several weeks after the Rimsha Masih’s bail, another Christian Boy Ryan Stanton was falsely accused under the Blasphemy law, which called for his death.
According to our partners’ Mission and vision, they make every effort to equip and strengthen the oppressed, to develop them morally, physically, socially and spiritually. They help the innocent victims of the discrimination and provide education, medical facilities, as well as give them basic human rights. We fight for the voiceless people, by protecting them from discrimination of the majority Muslims and to defend all religious minorities in Pakistan.
Support and Legal Aid to the victims of Blasphemy laws:
Since 2011, we have supported 21 individuals and their families as they sought to relocate in new areas after being accused of Blasphemy. We have provided Safe-Homes to 13 Victims of Blasphemy laws. The courts found many of these victims innocent; they still had to relocate, fearing for their lives. It is common for fanatical Muslims to attack these innocent victims and even murder them. We have also provided the Legal help to many of the victims of the Blasphemy law such as:
Amanat Masih: Amanat Masih was arrested in the year 2007 under 295-B. However, after 3 years and 8 months, he was acquitted from jail but remains in hiding despite being granted his supposed freedom by the court. Our partner, along with resources provided by Rescue Christians, is helping him on monthly basis.
Yousaf Masih: Yousaf Masih was arrested in 2005 from Sangala Hills under section 295 B. It was one of the most high-profile cases of blasphemy law. Radical Muslims had burnt four churches and two schools along with several houses in Sangala Hills. Even after acquittal from the jail, he was facing threats from the radical extremists. For a while he and his family were allowed to stay at the Catholic Bishop House in Lahore. However, later on, his family was dragged out after the death of Yousaf Masih. Since 2011, our partners – along with resources provided by our international partner Rescue Christians – is helping him on monthly basis.
Fanish Robert: Fanish Robert was arrested on 9th September 2009 by the police in Sumberial Sailkot and was found dead in the police lockup on 12th Sept, 2009. It was a clear case of judicial murder. The family fled from Sumberial to save their lives from religious lunatics. Our partners, along with resources provided by Rescue Christians are helping him on monthly basis.
Rashid Emmanuel and Sajid Emmanuel: Rashid Emmanuel and Sajid Emmanuel were arrested under the blasphemy law and on 19th July 2010 they were killed in the court-yard of Session court of Faisalabad. Thereafter, the family fled from Faisalabad and took shelter amongst their relatives in Gojra city. Our partners, along with resources provided by Rescue Christians, supported them.
Qamar David: David was a supplier of cosmetic shops in Karachi. He was arrested in 2006 for allegedly insulting the Prophet of Islam in a text message to a business rival. He was convicted in February 2010 by a court in Karachi and sentenced to life in prison. He was found dead in Central Jail at Karachi. Our partners supported the family in Karachi to bring the body of Qamar to Lahore for funeral and, along with resources provided by our international partner, supported the family.
Jehangir Khan (James): Jehangir Khan, along with his family, accepted Christ as Lord and savior in 2010. He was a converted Christian and his Muslim relatives had filed a Case of Blasphemy against him in Peshawar in December, 2010. After Accepting Christ, his name was changed just to avoid any unnecessary problems for his family. Since 2011, our partners, along with resources provided by Rescue Christians are helping him as his family on a monthly basis.
Kamran Masih s/o Shoukat Masih: In October,2011 a Christian Family was tortured and forced to run from their home in Sargohda. They were living in a village number 179- North in Sargohda. Kamran Masih’s younger brother was studying in Govt. Islamia Secondary School about 20 KM from their home. His teacher, Muhmmad Javed daily forced Shalom Masih (Brother of Kamran) to accept Islam as he was a good student. On 13th October 2011 Shalom got angry and used anti-Islamic words against Islam and the Prophet of Islam. On 14th October 2011 hundreds of Muslims attacked their home but with the help of some Muslim villagers they were able to escape. Our partners along with resources from Rescue Christians are helping the family on a monthly basis.
Patras Masih: Patras Masih, aged 38, is a Christian living in the Village near by Deska Salikot. Attempts were made to force his conversion to Islam. Both he and his wife refused as they are faithful Christians. The local landlords gave him a Quran and asked him to accept Islam. He refused. The Muslim landlord and his companions started beating him and broke his left arm from the shoulder joint and they burnt his feet as well. Later on they filed a complaint against him that he had committed Blasphemy against the Quran. With the help of our legal team, we discharged the report against him. Due to the threats from Islamists, our partner along with resources from Rescue Christians is helping him on monthly basis.
Hafeez Masih: Hafeez Masih aged 59, was living in the tehsil pasrur district sialkot. He, along with his sons and daughters were working as bounded laborers in kiln nearby Pasrur. 20 years ago Hafiz Masih had taken 50 thousand rupees as a loan from the owner of the Kiln for cancer treatment for his wife. For this reason, they were put into bounded labor. In 2011, they killed his son Sabir Masih for Insulting Islam. The Landlord Ch. Muhmmad Zafar used the females of the family for his sexual desires. We rescued them from Kiln and since then our partner and resources, provided by Rescue Christians is helping the family on monthly basis.
Sajjid Masih: Sajjid Masih (Real Name Shahzed Masih) was arrested in Farooqabad Sheikhpura on 18th May,2012. Under the strict Blasphemy law of Pakistan, however, with the help of our competent lawyers and field Team, we were able to get him acquitted him within 28 days. Ourpartner along with resources provided by Rescue Christians is helping him on monthly basis.
Mr. Mushtaq Masih Gill and his son Farrukh Mushtaq Gill: Christians of faith who were falsely accused of desecrating the pages of the Holy Quran in Gujranwala. The religious miscreants and band outfits following the alleged accusations of blasphemy planned to attack at the houses of the Christians at Aziz Colony and Gulzar Colony-Khokharki Road, Gujranwala. They also tried to attack a century years-old Christian Technical Training Center (CTTC) in Gujranwala. However, with the great work of our Ground Director Mr. Napoleon Qayyum, our partners were able to get help from the DIG Punjab to control the unrest situation. And thanks to Almighty God, within a few days, both the victims were free from the jail.
Mr. Dildar Masih, a Christian of faith was falsely blamed for insulting the Islamic foremost proclamation of Muhammad as prophet. Our Ground Director and legal team visited the Dildar Masih for his support.
Asiya Bibi: Our team visited the family of Asiya Bibi and met with the husband of the famous victim of Blasphemy law. We gave our love gifts to the family and have tried to support Asiya Bibi in her legal fight.
Imran Masih: Our partner team visited the family of Imran Masih, the victim of Blasphemy law and supported the family with our love gifts. We are also looking forward to supporting the family in the legal proceedings. However, currently one of the NGO in Pakistan is supporting the victim but Imran Masih’s father has requested our partners provide support to his son in legal matter.
Mst. Agnes Bashir: A Christian of faith who was allegedly implicated in a false blasphemy case after some political rivalry disputes in 2011. She was arrested and charged under section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). The blasphemy allegations were false and forged just after political rivalry and jealousy. Idress Gujar prejudicially implicated Agnes Bashir in a false case of blasphemy. Our partners met her in Jail and we are looking forward to support her in trial.
Khurram Masih: In December of 2011, FIR was registered against Khurram Masih in Hahdara Police station. Our partner supported the family through a Pastor Rafique Masih who was in contact with the father of Khurram Masih. However, last week Khurram Masih was also granted bail from the Lahore High court.
Gulshan Masih and Saif Masih: In Feb,2012, a Christian family was under attack by the Radical Muslims in Sailkot, Punjab. They had quarrelled with a young Muslim over a pigeon. Muslims of the Area announced from the mosques that Christians had committed Blasphemy against our Prophet and Islam. Police had arrested Bashir Masih (father of Gulshan and Saif Masih) and pervez Masih (Uncle). However, with the great efforts of our Ground Director Mr. Napoleon Qayyum,we were able to Discharge the complaint against Gulshan Masih and Saif Masih.
Rimsha Masih: Our partners were the first ground Organization which reached the Slums of Islamabad to help and save the Christian, mentally handicapped girl, Rimsha Masih. Our partners filed a bail petition for Rimsha Masih on 23rd August 2012 through our lawyer and advocate, Raiz Anjum. It was set for a hearing on 28th August. However, after knowing the high profile nature of the case, APMA (All Pakistan Minority Alliance) jumped into the matter. We backed off from the case in order to prevent an unfavorable environment for Rimsha Masih. Our partners filed and provided the bail money, which successfully secured release of Rimsha. Our partner also supported the 200 families who fled for their lives from Maharabadi Islamabad. Our partners along with resources from Rescue Christians provided food and all the necessary things to the families for two weeks. We also provided resources to support supported 88 families to take the rented homes in the different parts of Islamabad.
Ryan Staton: A 16-years Old Christian Boy was falsely accused under Blasphemy law in Karachi on 10th October,2012. He was charged under section 295-C, section 7 of ATA (Anti terrorism Act) and 29 Section of Telegraphic Act. On the night of 8th October,2012 when dozens of Muslims reached their home to take Ryan into the custody, he was not there. However, when the Muslim mob left for the Police station, his mother and sister left the house and reached the place where Ryan and his father was (the hospital). They immediately made contact with our partner organization’s Executive Director for Support. Within 30 minutes, Our partners rescued them from Karachi and hid them in Lahore, Pakistan. Rescue Christians provided the resources for the safe house to hide. And now we are looking forward to move them from Pakistan to some western country.
Barkat Masih: A Christian Man named Barkat Masih Aged 56, resident of Khairpur Temawali District Bahawalpur, was falsely accused under the controversial Blapshemy Law. Barkat Masih converted to Christianity from Hinduism. He was working as a sweeper / cleaner in Faazal High School as well in Madrisa Khair Ul-Aloom. On 1st October, 2011 FIR was registered against him. However, when our partner team came to know about this case, they immediately contacted the Bahawalpur session court and with the efforts of our ground Director, SSP submitted his statement in the trial court that “Barkat Masih is Innocent”. Our lawyers are doing the best they can to discharge the case against Barkat Masih. On 8th Nov, 2012 his case is fixed for final hearing. We would request you to please keep Barkat Masih and his family in your Prayers. Our partner along with resources provided by Rescue Christians is helping him on monthly basis.
Rape Abduction and Forcibly conversion:
Our partner organization’s legal team works with the victims of religious intolerance, rape and sexual abuse, illegal detention, torture and other forms of oppression. Many Christian girls are raped at the hands of the Majority of people in Pakistan. Rape and abduction has been used as a strong weapon against the Christian and other Religiously oppressed community girls in Pakistan, a country where Christians and other Religious communities are treated as the most unaccepted elements of the society. The targeting of Christian girls and women has become a twisted form of sexual bloodsport for Fanatic Muslims.
Christian girls are particularly vulnerable to these types of crimes. Christian girls and women normally don’t file any police reports against such crimes; they usually keep silent because of the fear of the fanatics. Christians are also economically very poor and cannot hire any lawyers to defend them. That’s why only two percent of rape cases were reported and a majority of cases were never reported by media or press. Since last year, hundreds of cases of rape were reported by the ground director of our partner organization. The employers or landlords committed most of the abductions and rapes. According to our ground search work,
“The rape, abduction and forcible conversion of Christian women to Islam is rising every year. Muslim men rape Christian girls and then they easily force them to convert to Islam and marry them.”
Our partner is supporting eleven victims of rape, abduction and forcible conversion. They are providing them legal support in courts as well as shelter in our base in Multan. Now they are looking forward to opening a shelter home for these women and girls so they can freely restart their lives again. Our partner continues to help victims by helping them report their abuse to the appropriate authorities. We also provide women victims of abuse with basic items to meet their practical needs and run counseling workshops to help them move beyond their traumatic experiences. The workshops include legal advice on making a case against the perpetrator and how to cope with the physical impact of the abuse.
Freedom from slavery:
The Pakistani Bonded Labor System Abolition Act which was officially approved by the parliament in 1992, outlaws bonded labor, cancels all existing bonded debts/loans, forbids lawsuits for the recovery of debts or loans, and punishes bonded labor by children with up to five years in prison and 50 thousand Pakistani rupees which is equivalent to a $550 fine. Any bonded laborer can petition for a writ of habeas corpus and free them legally but despite these well-intentioned laws, conservative estimates put the number of bonded laborers in Pakistan at several millions. We have also observed that during last decade about 10,000 Christian bounded laborers were forced to convert to Islam, many were sold to other kilns owners in different parts of Pakistan. There are nearly about 500 families living kilns as bounded labor.
Recently, our partner has started a project to support and free the Christian bounded labor from different kilns in Pakistan. So far, they have rescued 6 Families from Kilns. However, we are looking forward to starting this project at a high level in 2013.
Rehabilitation and re-settlement:
Aside from other services, our partner in Pakistan has always felt its prime obligation is to be with people affected by natural and man-made disaster, whether it is the flood of 2010 or the Internally Displacement Persons (IDPs). They did their best work in the flood of 2010. Their volunteers and staff members reached areas where vehicles could not go. They used teams to work day and night for the victims of flood in the Sindh – and Punjab Pakistan, amongst the Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities. They also helps local churches in Sindh repair and construct Churches and schools which were destroyed by water. They supply food for two regular months. Our partbers reached the Christian families of Maharabadi – Islamabad, which had fled from there on 16th and 17th August, 2012 after Rimsha Masih, a Pakistani girl of 14, was arrested in a poor suburb in Islamabad after a neighbor accused her of burning papers containing verses from the Quran, in breach of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws. When she was arrested, Christian families had to flee to save their lives from the Muslims of the neighborhood. Many of them were being beaten by the mob on the day this incident happened. An Angry mob had planned to set their house on fire so they ran for their lives that midnight, leaving their homes open. Many of the families took shelter in different Churches and community centers; some of them found security in the forest in Sector G-9/4. Since then our partners in Pakistan have been helping the people by providing them food and after the release of Rimsha on bail; they started helping the families get rented homes in other areas of Islamabad. Our Partner and Rescue Christians have helped 88 families get rented homes in different parts of Islamabad. And still our partner is working on the ground for these oppressed People. We will continue to extend support to the provision of safe lodgings and humanitarian aid for victims of persecution in Pakistan.