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Christian teen forced into marriage makes daring escape, shares her story

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Nayab Gill was just 13 years old when she was taken from her home in Gujranwala, Pakistan, by her Muslim employer. She was forced to convert to Islam and made to marry her abductor at gunpoint, a fate faced by dozens of minor Christian girls in Pakistan each year. Two years after her kidnapping, Nayab made a daring escape and is now sharing her story.

On May 20, 2021, Nayab Gill’s employer, Saddam Hayat, a 30-year-old married father of four children, reportedly arrived at her home to “take her to work” in his vehicle.

“Saddam was a frequent visitor to our house,” said Nayab. “He owned some shops in our area, one of which was rented by my father. Saddam promised to pay me a salary of 10,000 Pakistani Rupees ($34) and said the money would help my poor family to supplement its income. My father reluctantly agreed to his proposal because Saddam told him that I was like his own daughter.”

Nayab recalls that Saddam at least twice tried to make advances on her at work, compelling her to keep a safe distance.

“I was afraid that if I told my family about Saddam’s advances, my father would stop me from going to work, and my family would lose the money that we needed so desperately,” she said.

On the day of the kidnapping, instead of taking her to the salon where she worked selling facial products, Saddam took her to a deserted house, where he forced her to renounce her Christian faith and sign a blank paper. Nayab says that soon after being held hostage, Saddam threatened her at gunpoint that if she did not succumb to his will, he would kill her and her father.

“I screamed and cried, but no one heard me. After getting the paper forcibly signed, Saddam locked me up in a room and left,” she said. “I was kept there for two days, during which I was given food only once in 24 hours.”

“On the third day, Saddam came and told me that my father had registered a case of abduction against him. He told me that I would be presented before a judge, and if I did not testify that I had converted to Islam and married him of my free will, my family and I would be killed on the court’s premises.”

Nayab recorded a statement in court in her abductor’s favor. He was given custody of Nayab as his lawful wife in front of her helpless parents, who shed tears for their young daughter.

Nayab’s ordeal worsened after the court gave custody to her abductor.

“Saddam then took me to his own house and locked me up in a room on the second floor,” she said. “During my two-year captivity, he repeatedly assaulted me against my will and treated me like a slave. But I did not lose hope and my faith in Christ!”

“I prayed every night, saying, ‘God, please help me.’ I would also pray for my family’s safety. They refused to give up and kept moving through the court system for my recovery. But I was too scared to reveal the truth. Each time I was summoned in court, I would say that I was an adult and had married Saddam with my free will.”

“Saddam’s family treated me like an outcast. They often humiliated me for being born to a Christian family. There were times when I thought I should end my life, but I think it was my faith in God that gave me the strength to face that situation.”

In April 2023, Nayab found a chance to escape.

“It was the last week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when Saddam’s former wife registered a case against him for threatening her,” she said. “Fearing arrest, Saddam and his brothers fled the house, but in the rush of things, they forgot to lock me up.

“It seemed God had answered my prayers for freedom. I discreetly left the house and started running, not even knowing where the road would lead me.”

“I stopped at a market to catch my breath when a Muslim woman approached me. She must have sensed that something was not right. She asked me if I needed help. I told her that I did not have any money or a phone to contact my father. She took me to her house, where I was able to get in touch with my family.”

Nayab was soon reunited with her parents.

“I don’t have words to express the joy I felt when I saw my father,” she said. “Tears rolled down our eyes as he hugged me and kissed my forehead, promising to keep me safe forever.”

Nayab’s father filed a second petition with the Supreme Court in July 2021 after the High Court rejected his first petition and sent the girl with her abductor. The Supreme Court set a hearing for the newest petition a full two years in the future, dampening the family’s hopes of recovering their child. Once the court finally heard the case in September 2023, it dismissed the petition as being “infructuous,” or pointless, because the girl had been reunited with her family.

The Supreme Court’s decision has left the door open for more sexual exploitation of underage Christian girls in Pakistan in the guise of religious conversion.

“I was expecting that the Supreme Court would hear my story, but it seems it wasn’t interested. I now want to resume my education and make friends. I don’t have friends anymore. I even asked my mother to let me cut my hair because I want to be like a boy. It’s not safe to be a girl in Pakistan.”
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കുവൈത്ത് സിറ്റി : പാക്കിസ്ഥാൻ ഉൾപ്പെടെ 7 രാജ്യക്കാർക്ക് കുവൈത്ത് ഏർപ്പെടുത്തിയിരുന്ന കുടുംബ, സന്ദർശക വീസ വിലക്ക് നീക്കി. സിറിയ, യെമൻ, അഫ്ഗാനിസ്ഥാൻ, ഇറാഖ്, ഇറാൻ, സുഡാൻ എന്നിവയാണ് മറ്റു രാജ്യങ്ങൾ. ഇന്നു മുതൽ ഈ രാജ്യക്കാരുടെ വീസ അപേക്ഷ സ്വീകരിക്കും. വിവിധ കാരണങ്ങളാൽ 2 വർഷം മുൻപ് നിർത്തിവച്ചിരുന്ന ഫാമിലി വിസിറ്റ് വീസകൾ കഴിഞ്ഞ മാസം ഭാഗികമായി പുനരാരംഭിച്ചിരുന്നു.
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ലാഗോസ്: സൗജന്യ ബൈബിൾ വിതരണ യജ്ഞത്തിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി നൈജീരിയയിലെ ബൈബിൾ സൊസൈറ്റി കഴിഞ്ഞ വര്‍ഷം വിതരണം ചെയ്തത് 21.7 ദശലക്ഷം നൈജീരിയന്‍ നൈറയുടെ ബൈബിളുകള്‍. ജയിൽ തടവുകാര്‍ ഉള്‍പ്പെടെയുള്ളവര്‍ക്കു ബൈബിളുകള്‍ എത്തിച്ചതായി അധികൃതര്‍ പറയുന്നു. അന്ധരായവര്‍ക്ക് വേണ്ടി നൂറ്റിയന്‍പതോളം ബ്രെയിലി ബൈബിളുകളും ബൈബിൾ സൊസൈറ്റി വിതരണം ചെയ്തിരിന്നു. 2022-ൽ വിതരണം ചെയ്ത ബൈബിളുകളെക്കാള്‍ 30% വർദ്ധനവാണ് 2023-ല്‍ ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കുന്നതെന്നാണ് കണക്കുകള്‍. സൗജന്യ ബൈബിൾ വിതരണത്തിലൂടെയും മറ്റ് പരിപാടികളിലൂടെയും, ദൈവവചനം അനേകര്‍ക്ക് ലഭ്യമാക്കാന്‍ വിവിധ പദ്ധതികള്‍ ആവിഷ്ക്കരിച്ചു വരികയാണെന്നും നൈജീരിയയിലെ ബൈബിൾ സൊസൈറ്റി വ്യക്തമാക്കി.

പോർച്ചുഗലിൽ നിന്നുള്ള അഗസ്തീനിയൻ, കപ്പൂച്ചിൻ സന്യാസിമാർ വഴി പതിനഞ്ചാം നൂറ്റാണ്ടിലാണ് നൈജീരിയയിലേക്ക് ക്രിസ്തീയ വിശ്വാസമെത്തുന്നത്. രാജ്യത്തെ ക്രൈസ്തവരില്‍ മൂന്നിൽ രണ്ടും പ്രൊട്ടസ്റ്റന്‍റ് വിഭാഗമാണ്. 88.4 മില്യണ്‍ ക്രൈസ്തവരാണ് നൈജീരിയയില്‍ ജീവിക്കുന്നത്. അമേരിക്ക ആസ്ഥാനമായ ഗവേഷണ ഏജന്‍സിയായ പ്യൂ റിസർച്ച് സെന്ററിന്റെ കണക്കുകള്‍ പ്രകാരം ആഫ്രിക്കയിലെ ഏറ്റവും അധികം ക്രൈസ്തവരുള്ളത് നൈജീരിയയിലാണ്. നൈജീരിയയിലെ തെക്കൻ, മധ്യ മേഖലകളിലെ ക്രൈസ്തവര്‍ തിങ്ങിപാര്‍ക്കുന്നത്. അതേസമയം ഇസ്ലാമിക തീവ്രവാദികളുടെ എണ്ണം വലിയ തോതില്‍ വര്‍ദ്ധിച്ചതോടെ ക്രൈസ്തവര്‍ കനത്ത ഭീഷണിയാണ് നേരിടുന്നത്. ക്രൈസ്തവര്‍ക്ക് നേരെയുള്ള അതിക്രമങ്ങളും കൊലപാതകങ്ങളും പതിവ് സംഭവങ്ങളായി രാജ്യത്തു മാറിയിരിക്കുകയാണ്.
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Greg Laurie’s Powerful Message About Prayer, Jesus, and the ‘Last Days’: ‘Conflicts, War, Turmoil, Terrorism’

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When it comes to evangelism, Pastor Greg Laurie has seen — and done — it all.

From packed-out stadiums to his popular weekly services at Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, Laurie has been at the forefront of evangelistic tides and cultural movements.

That’s why his response when asked what most concerns him about today’s chaotic culture is so important and worthy of contemplating.

“Everything’s moving the wrong direction, and social media is like gasoline that’s been poured on top of it,” Laurie recently told CBN News. “You hear all this bad news around the world — the conflicts, the war, the turmoil, the terrorism, the crime rising in our streets, and on it goes.”

He continued, “And Jesus said, ‘When you see these things beginning … look up for your redemption is drawing near.’”

Laurie encouraged people to “look up” and turn to God amid the chaotic mixture of events. Over the decades, his work has focused on helping people do just that, trading lives focused on the self for a vertical existence that looks to Jesus as the baseline for morality and truth.

“I want to do everything I can to bring the message of the Gospel into our culture,” he said. “We do need another spiritual awakening. The last spiritual awakening, known as the Jesus movement … really changed the course of our nation. Everything was going the wrong direction back then.”

Laurie encouraged people to “pray for another [revival] desperately.” He said the Jesus movement, a time when he found Jesus, very much mirrored the cultural chaos we’re embroiled in today.

Despite all of the negative trends persisting, Laurie praised some of the recent spiritual developments, including last year’s Asbury revival, a days-long worship service that made headlines around the globe.

He also presided over a mass baptism last summer that saw around 4,500 people be immersed — quite possibly the biggest baptism in U.S. — if not world — history.

“I see these little things happening like our baptism, what happened at Asbury campus … and I’m praying that they will increase and it will become a spiritual downpour,” Laurie said. “God does promise in the last days to pour his spirit out on all flesh, and so we’re praying that happens again.”
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