Lord, today we pray for “Rania” and “Anam” as they serve the persecuted church in Pakistan. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for drawing these Pakistani women to you, guiding them to salvation and hope in you. Thank you for guarding their hearts and minds, despite experiencing persecution--even to the point of a murdered relative for one and the loss of homes and belongings for the other. We are thankful these women no longer hate their Muslim fellow citizens, but have learned to pray for and reach out to them in love. Lord, protect Rania and Anam as they continue to minister to persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ in their nation. Give them the words to say as people come to them after having experienced deep trauma. Help them encourage, assist in practical ways, and relate with them, since they do share in suffering for you. And, Lord, we thank you for your Word, which tells Anam, Rania and all of us that “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12) but we know “the testing of [our] faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:3). Please help us press forward toward our heavenly home. Amen.
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