Pray for Karachi, Pakistan

Located on the coast of southern Pakistan, Karachi is known as the economic hub of the country. The residents of Karachi are very diverse. Over the years, immigrants from various parts of the country have arrived in the city in search of better work opportunities. Nearly all the over 400 unreached people groups in Pakistan are represented in Karachi’s population. Additionally, large groups of refugees from Afghanistan and Bangladesh now call Karachi home.

The city boasts a population estimated at 15 million and is 95{1ef34f8f1cacfdc6c19f5319e487deec2393c82eacea09a13da7feed1a24e305} Muslim. Of these Muslims, many different sects may be found with views that range from tightly conservative to very liberal. A small Christian minority resides in the city, but they are often persecuted and looked down upon. Most do not have an interest in reaching their Muslim neighbors.

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Girl at a protest in Karachi | Photo by Beenish Sarfaraz via Pexels

The desperation, disorganisation, and poverty that brought the bulk of immigrants to Karachi is also evident in the culture of the city. Complaints are common about poor infrastructure, economic disparity, corruption in leadership, crime, and gender inequality. On a more personal level, Karachiites speak of on-going family quarrels, betrayal in friendships, domestic violence, emotional blackmail, and only being able to trust themselves.

Residents who have given up hope for change will say, “This is Pakistan,” in a fatalistic tone. They are resigned to the brokenness of their city, but change is possible.

How to Pray

  • Pray for the Church in Karachi to live in the opposite spirit of confusion, disorganisation and corruption and show the way to the truth and the life of Christ. (John 14:6)
  • Pray for Muslims in Karachi to have dreams and revelations of Jesus. (Acts 2:17-18)
  • Pray for more Christian workers in Karachi, to bring the light and love of Christ to the city. (1 John 1:1-7)

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