Wednesday, July 30
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For Majid Abel, the tensions between Muslims and Christians in Pakistan were real long before 9/11. His personal encounter with discrimination began when he entered college. Once the other students learned that he was a Christian, he was ignored and avoided. Most young Christian men in Pakistan become disheartened by similar experiences and lose the motivation to succeed, seeing fewer opportunities ahead of them.
Fortunately, Majid’s journey did not end there. “I survived on God’s Word. The Bible came alive to me; it transformed me from within.” He did not intend to become a minister, but the joy he experienced in reading God’s Word grew, as did his desire to share this joy with others. Thanks to the PC(USA), he pursued further education in the United States. From the beginning, he understood that his role extended beyond the pulpit: he was called to be a minister of reconciliation so that all might know the love of Christ.
Now, years later, he leads a vibrant church in the heart of Lahore. The Naulakha congregation welcomes people of all faiths, many who have never before met a Christian. Violence against Christians has greatly escalated in recent years, and the blasphemy law, by which the offending of a Muslim’s faith can be punished by death, looms over all. But, for a time such as this, God has raised up Majid and many others who care for those who suffer, speak forgiveness in the face of brutality, and offer reconciliation to those who want to live in peace.
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Please pray for people in mission in Pakistan.
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Thank you, Lord, for using those judged unimportant in the world’s eyes to reveal what is utterly important to you. As we consider those around us, help us to keep in mind that Christ died for all. Amen.