Pakistan (MNN) – A Pakistani pastor has been murdered because of his involvement in evangelistic work.
Christians face severe opposition from militant Islamic groups. Muslims make up about 97 percent of Pakistan's people, while Hindus make up 1.5 percent, and Christians 1.7 percent.
According to Voice of the Martyrs' Canada, 29-year-old Sajid William was shot and killed by a masked gunman on his way home in Peshawar on January 17. Pastor William was the office manager for the Christian relief and development agency "Shelter Now," active in Pakistan for nearly 25 years.
The organization runs two projects in the country–a fish farm and a building project for 105 schools. The schools were ruined during the earthquake that shook Pakistan in 2005. The agency is also providing clothes, shelter and nourishment for thousands of returning refugees who are without shelter during the harsh winter.
Pray for God's comfort for Pastor William's family. He is survived by a wife and an 18-month-old daughter.
Ask God to embolden Pakistani Christians to follow his example of faithfulness. Pray for protection for Christians facing intimidation and threats from those around them.