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USA (MNN) — For years Mission Community Information has lined blasphemy prices, the necessity for non secular freedom, and the way blasphemy prices can undo a life. However, one of the memorable tales has been the journey of Ahmed, a believer residing in Pakistan. Bruce Allen, with FMI, offers a recap.

“October of 2017, this highly influential and strategically placed ministry leader inside Pakistan was falsely charged with blasphemy, which in Pakistan is a capital offense. Had he been convicted of those charges, even though they were false, he could have been executed.”

Leaving Pakistan

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Ahmed’s bloody shirt from assault in court docket at a blasphemy trial in Pakistan on April 2018. (Photograph Courtesy FMI)

Islamic non secular edicts, known as fatwas, are nonetheless in place calling for Ahmed’s loss of life. Anybody who acts underneath these fatwas acts with impunity. Ahmed is legally cleared of the blasphemy prices, however his life stays in peril. Nonetheless, earlier this month Ahmed and his household landed in the US for a brief relocation. The aim for Ahmed and his household’s relocation is to offer time for these searching him in Pakistan to lose curiosity in his state of affairs.


Nonetheless, this relocation takes assets and offers some massive cultural shifts. Ahmed and his household are organising a brand new family. Will you assist? Give to FMI’s Ministry Liaison Assist or Ministry Liaison Present Playing cards to assist Ahmed and his household with the monetary prices of calling the U.S. dwelling. To offer, click on right here.

Nonetheless, monetary prices are usually not the one challenges Ahmed and his household are dealing with. 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 may be 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 comparable meals, this household has to relearn methods to prepare dinner unfamiliar and overseas dishes.

Ahmed and Household Secure

As for the transition, there are good issues, too, like security.

“I saw a piece on my wife’s face after more than two years. That was really encouraging and good for me as well, because she was always worried about me when I’m traveling. I was traveling in Pakistan or different places in Pakistan. She was really very worried for the kids as well. So, I’m very thankful to God [that] he brought us here. Even for a couple of 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. Finally, Ahmed and his household plan to return to Pakistan. Ahmed says Pakistan is his dwelling, it’s the place his grave is.

Wish to invite Ahmed to your church? Then e-mail FMI right here.

Will you pray?

Please, in case you would, pray for Ahmed and his household.

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(Photograph courtesy of Nathan Dumlao through Unsplash)

“There [are a] few points you can pray for me and for my family. The first thing…still helping or empowering my people in Pakistan, my Christian brothers and sisters. Because I left Pakistan, but still Pakistan [is] inside me. And then, you can pray for my family. My children, they go to a Christian school here in [the] U.S. [Pray for] my wife, [that] she can find some Pakistani food or Indian food she can cook in the kitchen,” Ahmed asks.

Lastly, regardless of the tumultuous journey Ahmed and his household have skilled, their story will not be certainly one of despair.

“It’s really a story about God’s victory in the midst of persecution. And that’s what we want to focus on,” Allen explains.

To proceed supporting FMI’s work in Pakistan, click on right here.

 

*Title modified for safety functions.

 

 

Header picture courtesy of FMI.

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