For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.
- Stats for Pakistan
Top 25 Stats
Total Population- 188.1 M (6th); Total Gospel Visits- 26.9 M (3rd); Gospel Visits to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 130.85% (22nd); Total Gospel Decisions- 2.3 M (3rd); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 11.08% (25th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Urdu Muslim (30.5%); Jat (16%); Sinhi (12.8%); Punjabi (7.6%); Bengali (6.8%); Rajasthani (3.7%); Kashmiri (1.3%); Brahui (1.2%); Other South Asian people clusters (2.1%); Indo-Iranian (18.1%, includes Pashtun and Baloch); Many Afghan refugees and immigrants (Pashtun) not documented with these figures.
Mainly agriculture, light industry, and services; Electrical shortages disrupt life and industry. Poverty abundant, especially in rural areas with weak infrastructure and little potable water. Military spending high, especially to fight radical Islamic groups. Wealth is concentrated in the hands of a very few.
History / Politics
Along with India, became independent from Great Britain in 1947. Four conflicts with India, loss of East Pakistan (Bangladesh), and nearby war in Afghanistan. Modern secular people and strict Muslims create tension in the nation, as does corruption. Government alternates between inefficient, corrupt politics, and military dictatorships. Fundamentalist Islam causes problems even though only a few support it. The infamous “blasphemy law” allows innocent minorities to be falsely accused and killed. Churches may be burned, and people killed or tortured when agitators whip up crowds. Young people are often in poverty; Child labor, bonded labor, forced marriages are common.
The church continues to grow despite poverty, illiteracy, and low standards among Christians. Most Christians come from lower social classes and do little outreach to Muslims. Christian TV, radio, literature, and Internet help convert some, but fellowship is difficult. A diaspora of 7 million Pakistanis might be easier to reach, but not much outreach yet. Many missionaries left Pakistan after 9/11 terrorism and very few have returned. Many Bible translations need to be done in various languages in Pakistan. Punjab region is home to the majority of Christians in Pakistan, but is still 95% Muslim. Sindh is an area of mostly Hindu tribes, and a new indigenous church has arisen there.
Pray for continued growth within the church and tolerance by the government. Pray for more missionaries and for Internet, radio, and television to help grow the church. Pray for translations of the Bible to occur for the minority people groups.