Daily Topic for April 23, 2017

Acts 4:31, NET
When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God courageously.

Pray for courage and love to be an integral part of every evangelist and missionary this year.

Pakistanis in Belgium

by EC

“We’ve lost the privilege of living in Belgium. I’ve lost my education. I’ve lost everything.” These are the words of Assim Abassi, one of nearly 15,000 Pakistanis living in Belgium. His family was forced to leave the country after a photograph of Abassi carrying a cricket-bat was circulated by police warning that he was an armed terrorist. Although Abassi was innocent, the Pakistani embassy in Belgium fired Abassi’s father from his position as a diplomat for damaging Pakistan’s reputation.
The Pakistanis in Belgium are part of the Pakistani diaspora which distributed eight million Pakistanis throughout the world, many of whom entered Europe in the pursuit of economic prosperity. Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, gained its independence in 1947 in the name of Islam. The Pakistanis living in Belgium are 100 percent Muslim.
Scripture commands that foreigners receive fair treatment from their host countries. Abassi’s plight demonstrates that despite Belgium’s reputation for welcoming most foreigners and its overall peaceable integration processes, the Pakistani population in Belgium still faces systemic racism and discrimination. It also illustrates the tension experienced by Pakistanis living abroad, unable to experience security from either their host or home countries.

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Pray that Pakistanis living in Belgium would know the love and kindness of God through the actions of their Christian neighbors. Pray for Pakistanis in Belgium to begin a church planting movement.

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