This is the story of two fourteen-year-old girls named Maria and Huma. They live in the Islamic Rupublic of Pakistan where less than 2% of the population is Christian.
Maria, was walking to her workplace when she was abducted by a couple of men who were armed. When onlookers tried to assist Maria, who was resisting, her captors fired their guns in the air in order to warn off would-be rescuers.
Her abductors produced "official papers" saying that Maria had willingly converted to Islam and had married her abductor. Her parents petitioned the court saying that Maria was a minor and would not have willingly subjected herself to these atrocities. The court ruled that she was to be released and sent to a women's shelter.
Then, in an astonishing decision, the Lahore High Court overturned the Sessions Court in Faisalabad. The court refused to believe the documentation that Maria was indeed a minor and Maria was in tears when the judges ruled in favor of her abductor. She is still being help captive in this forced marriage.
Maria's marriage certificate states that she is eighteen years old and a typed statement was produced that said she had willingly left her home, married, and was converted to Islam.
Reportedly, over 1000 girls belonging to the Christian minority community are abducted, forcibly converted, married (and raped) each year.
Huma, another young Christian girl, was kidnapped by three men who waited for her parents to leave the house before forcibly taking the young girl. Papers were produced by her abductor that said that Huma had willingly been converted to Islam and was married.
What papers didn't say, but her parents have said, is that Huma has been continually sexually assaulted and is now pregnant. She is confined to one room which she is not allowed to leave. Her captor has connections inside the Pakistan Security Forces and has threatened her family if they should ever come looking for her.
Last February, a Pakistan high court handed down a ruling based on Islamic "sharia" law that says that men in Pakistan can marry underage girls as long as they have had their first menstrual cycle.
The persecution of religious minorities (particularly Christians) is rampant in Pakistan. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government and NGO's refused to provide food and humanitarian aid to starving Christians. Only if you converted to Islam would you be provided with food to survive.
This is where Redeemer Christian Foundation (RCF, Inc.) comes in. During the pandemic we fed, not only the families of children who attend our Christian School for orphaned and impoverished children, but also brothers and sisters in Christ in a neighboring village who had no food to eat.
Redeemer Christian School is also a safe haven for young girls. Because they are in school, they are not as vulnerable to abductions for conversion and marriage, nor to kidnapping for purposes of prostitution and human trafficking. We are diligent in our fight for safety of these beautiful daughters of God.
If you would like to know more about the work we do in providing a Christian Education to the poorest of the poor, our devotion to Evangelism and Outreach, our commitment to humanitarian aid, and our diligence in empowering young girls/women and protecting them from these atrocities, check out our website:
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Thank you for taking the time to read this and be awakened to the plight of believers in other parts of the world. We're all in this together. Let us keep being the hands and feet of Jesus in a world that is desperate for His love.
Be blessed...Bev (Founder of RCF, Inc. a registered 501c3)
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