Pastor Judoon, our brother in Pakistan, has not been seen since Sunday and his family fear he’s been kidnapped.
They’re worried because Judoon has been supporting a Christian accused of ‘blasphemy’ – the type of case which causes tensions to run high in Pakistan.
Please ask God to keep Pastor Judoon safe and bring him back to his family.
Judoon is an elder of Kamahan village near Lahore. It was there that Babu Shahbaz was accused last month of writing his name on a copy of the Koran, then ripping up its pages. Babu is reported to be a Christian evangelist – and illiterate.
Judoon’s family say he left the house at 6pm on Sunday, without saying where he was going – then disappeared. Locals have searched the area in vain. The police have since found his bag and motorbike a short distance from Kamahan.
Babu remains in police custody. Sources say local Christians believe his accuser is a business rival motivated by jealousy. Release partners are supporting both Judoon’s and Babu’s families.
- Please pray that God will protect Pastor Judoon and his family. Extremists in Pakistan do not discriminate between those accused of blasphemy and those who support or defend the accused.
- Pray that Babu will be released and charges against him dropped. Pray that he and his family will be able to rebuild their lives in safety.
- Continue to pray for the repeal of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Pray for a radical shift in attitudes towards religious minorities in Pakistan, where intolerance appears to be growing.
(Source: Release partner)