Though Pakistan is culturally rich, economically it is poor. It is a nation ruled by a repressive regime that imposes Islamic Sharia law on its citizens as a means to dominate and control their lives.
The small Christian communities scattered across the land remain faithful to their beliefs but live in constant fear of reprisals from the government. They are routinely subjected to discrimination, abuse, and even severe torture in some cases.
Because Islam is the state religion of the second-largest Muslim nation on earth, Pakistan is one of the most difficult countries to penetrate with the Gospel and is therefore one of the least evangelized.
Despite these outwardly overwhelming obstacles, Life for Pakistan is dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus Christ and His gift of eternal life to those who have never heard and therefore have never believed.
A horrifying 70% of Pakistan’s population does not have access to safe drinking water. More than 70,000 children die every year due to the effects of diarrhea and other diseases directly related to polluted water and poor sanitation. (UNICEF)
Pakistan has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world at 8.6%. (UNICEF)
Polio is rampant in Pakistan where 80% of this world-wide disease originates. It is also one of only three countries at risk of spreading this crippling disorder beyond its borders (World Health Organization).
In recent years, Pakistan has faced devastating fuel shortages. Residents routinely live with power outages lasting up to 12 hours a day. Natural gas supplies are often unavailable to power stoves or heaters and long lines at the gas pumps, have had a devastating effect on transportation.
Fuel shortages have forced millions to burn wood for heat and cooking. As a result, Pakistan has decimated its forests, retaining just 2 to 5 percent of its tree cover. Officials fear that deforestation will contribute to increased lethal flooding, disruptive landslides, bacteria-ridden drinking water and stifling air pollution. The country could also become more vulnerable to climate change.
In spite of consistent growth in the educational sector in recent decades, Pakistan’s official literacy rate is only 55%. Among women it’s even less. Only 40% can read and write.