USA (MNN) — For years Mission Community Information has lined blasphemy fees, the necessity for non secular freedom, and the way blasphemy fees can undo a life. However, probably the most memorable tales has been the journey of Ahmed, a believer dwelling in Pakistan. Bruce Allen, with FMI, gives a recap.
October of 2017, this extremely influential and strategically positioned ministry chief inside Pakistan was falsely charged with blasphemy, which in Pakistan is a capital offense. Had he been convicted of these fees, despite the fact that they have been false, he might have been executed.
Islamic non secular edicts, referred to as fatwas, are nonetheless in place calling for Ahmeds demise. Anybody who acts beneath these fatwas acts with impunity. Ahmed is legally cleared of the blasphemy fees, however his life stays at risk. Nonetheless, earlier this month Ahmed and his household landed in the US for a brief relocation. The aim for Ahmed and his familys relocation is to present time for these searching him in Pakistan to lose curiosity in his scenario.
Nonetheless, this relocation takes assets and gives some massive cultural shifts. Ahmed and his household are establishing a brand new family. Will you assist? Give to FMIs Ministry Liaison Assist or Ministry Liaison Present Playing cards to assist Ahmed and his household with the monetary prices of calling the U.S. residence. To offer, click on right here.
Nonetheless, monetary prices usually are not the one challenges Ahmed and his household are going through. Adjusting to a tradition starkly completely different from the one they’ve spent their complete lives in is one other hurdle. (Be taught in regards to the distinction between Pakistan and the U.S. right here.)
Plus, whereas there’s meals accessible within the U.S., discovering meals much like what Ahmed and his household eat in Pakistan is difficult. In a way, with out related meals, this household has to relearn easy methods to cook dinner unfamiliar and international dishes.
Ahmed and Household Secure
As for the transition, there are good issues, too, like security.
I noticed a chunk on my spouse’s face after greater than two years. That was actually encouraging and good for me as effectively, as a result of she was all the time fearful about me once I’m touring. I used to be touring in Pakistan or completely different locations in Pakistan. She was actually very fearful for the children as effectively. So, I’m very grateful to God [that] he introduced us right here. Even for a few years, Ahmed says.
Whereas within the U.S., Ahmed will work with FMI as a U.S. worker. He’s accessible to talk to church buildings about his story and can proceed specializing in strategically fortifying the ministry work in Pakistan. In the end, Ahmed and his household plan to return to Pakistan. Ahmed says Pakistan is his residence, it’s the place his grave is.
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Please, if you happen to would, pray for Ahmed and his household.
There [are a] few factors you’ll be able to pray for me and for my household. The primary thingstill serving to or empowering my folks in Pakistan, my Christian brothers and sisters. As a result of I left Pakistan, however nonetheless Pakistan [is] inside me. After which, you’ll be able to pray for my household. My kids, they go to a Christian faculty right here in [the] U.S. [Pray for] my spouse, [that] she will be able to discover some Pakistani meals or Indian meals she will be able to cook dinner within the kitchen, Ahmed asks.
Lastly, regardless of the tumultuous journey Ahmed and his household have skilled, their story just isn’t one in all despair.
It’s actually a narrative about God’s victory within the midst of persecution. And that’s what we wish to give attention to, Allen explains.
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Header picture courtesy of FMI.