A Pakistani Christian recently saved the lives of many other Christians when he sacrificed his life in an attack by Muslim murderers.
It was still the dark of early morning when Samuel Masih unlocked the gate. The 55-year-old Christian man was working as a security guard for a Christian community, home to about 30 Christian families in northwestern Pakistan.
As Samuel stood in the gap, four Taliban jihadists, dressed in suicide vests and armed with assault rifles, opened fire. He died instantly, but the other security guards were able to mount a defense, and additional security forces neutralized the attackers.
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The murderous attackers were from the same Muslim group that orchestrated the horrific Easter bombing in Lahore, Pakistan.
Humphrey Peters, a Pakistani church leader, told Morning Star News that Samuel was a hero, and his actions saved the lives of many Christians. “This was yet another attempt to terrorize the Christian community, but we are thankful to God that He has saved us from an attack that could have caused massive deaths.”
We praise God for His protection in this circumstance, and we pray that He will cause justice for His people to sweep across Pakistan.
Asia Bibi still in prison
We lift up Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who has been imprisoned for seven years after a Muslim accused her of blasphemy. Her final appeal is expected to be held in the second week of October.
We also pray for Asma Gulzar, a sister in Christ who was kidnapped and forcibly married to her Muslim abductor, and her father, Ghulam, who was attacked and wounded by angry Muslims when he tried to get justice for his daughter.
Sunnis vs. Shias
Sunni Muslims (who believe that Muhammad’s father-in-law, Abu Bakr, was the first and rightful caliph) comprise around 85 percent of Pakistan’s 178 million people; Shia Muslims (who believe that Muhammad’s son-in-law and cousin, Ali ibn Abi Talib, was the first caliph) are the second largest group, coming in at about 10 percent. The remaining 5 percent of Pakistanis identify as Hindu, Christian, or a handful of other religions.
The political environment is dominated by sharia law and Islamic traditions which view Christians as second-class citizens. Most Pakistani believers live in severe poverty; often, they are denied jobs or educational opportunities, and police routinely dismiss crimes committed against them by Muslims.
10/1 — We praise God for His protection of the families in the Pakistani village, and we pray that He will cause justice for His people to sweep across Pakistan.
10/2 — Pray for Samuel’s family. He is survived by his wife and five children. Pray for comfort as they lean into the complete protection and provision of Jehovah Jireh.
10/3 — Pray for physical and emotional healing for the two Christians and three security personnel who were injured while protecting the Christian community from the jihadi attack.
10/4 — Pray for the judge in Asia Bibi’s case to act justly and mercifully on her behalf and grant her release.
10/5 — Ask God to turn the hearts of the Taliban jihadists in Pakistan away from Islam and its deception. Ask Him to break the bonds of Islam and lead them to repentance and faith in Christ.
10/6 — Pray for Christians in Pakistan to fix their eyes on Christ and boldly wield the Sword of the Spirit, answering these spiritual attacks with the Word of God rather than the swords of men.
10/7 — Pray for the release of Asma who was kidnapped and forced to marry her Muslim abductor. And ask God to heal and protect her father Ghulam who was beaten while seeking justice for his daughter.
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