TBN affiliate network JCTV Pakistan is reaching out across this Muslim nation to equip young people who love Jesus to stand strong in their faith.
Christians face intense opposition from the Muslim majority, noted JCTV Pakistan founder Javed Rauf. “While the law states that we are equal, our faith in Christ makes Christians a focus of attacks and even violence,” he said. “Our children are especially targeted, with abduction, forced conversion to Islam, and forced marriage for teenage girls becoming an increasing threat.”
JCTV has joined with Christian leaders to hold youth conferences throughout Pakistan, teaching young people how to pray and trust God, arm themselves with His Word, and defend themselves from physical harm.
So far JCTV has hosted the one-day conference in Lahore, Karachi, Kasur, Peshawar, Islamabad, and several other cities, with a goal of reaching more than 6,000 young people.
“Just like Christians elsewhere, believers in Pakistan are facing persecution and danger for following Jesus,” said Pastor Rauf. “As Christian leaders we feel an urgency to equip the next generation to stand boldly and without apology for the ‘hope that is within them.’ We want to prepare them now so they will be able to stand in the days ahead, and be bright lights in the growing darkness.”