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Campaign to Help Persecuted Pakistani Christians 2014

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I am raising money to help persecuted Pakistani Christians who are seeking asylum in Thailand. I am a full-time doctor, so Real Battle Ministries is a self-funded ministry (IRS 501(c)(3) application pending). All proceeds will go toward helping persecuted Christians with food, shelter, and medical services. Christian representatives in Thailand claim that there are 10,000 registered Pakistani asylum seekers, a majority of them Christians. Upon reaching Thailand, they file an asylum application to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and then wait patiently. They live in single-room apartments, or condos, often in cramped and crowded areas of Thailand. “Life is not easy at all. We are stuck here. We can’t work. I have seen Pakistanis begging on the road, asking money from foreigners. The asylum process takes a very long time,” said Alfonce. The former human rights activist, who is volunteering at a church school, has an interview set with the UNHCR in February 2016. He has been lucky; people have been known to be given dates in 2019. http://unhcr.einnews.com/article/213849468/w1xVh_3PxnYxIdQj Please pray for these persecuted Christians. Please prayfully consider what you can contribute to help. God Bless you, Andrew Doan MD PhD Letter From One Family Needing Our Help July 28, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I am a Pakistani Christian. There are five members in my family (father, mother, two sisters and me).  We are Christians from 7 generations. My father was an engineer and a pastor, my mother was an evangelist, my elder sister is a doctor (DHMS), younger sister is a beautician and chef, and I’m a chef and a restaurant manager.   We were living in Lahore City, Pakistan. We were happy there even though we didn't have stable jobs before 2005. Near the end of 2004, Muslims started to build a mosque next to our house.  They asked us to sell our house to them at a very cheap price to build the mosque, and we said no to them. We thought everything would be okay. But in reality, nothing was okay. Finally, the mosque was completed in 2005. My father was a pastor and mother was an evangelist. We routinely organized prayer meetings in our house. As the prayer meetings started, the Muslims disturbed us. They locked the door from the outside, made the noise, rang the door bell, and hit the door with stones. They threaten to fight if we didn't stop our prayer meetings. We were running a non-government organization to help the community. We were working to improve community development, basic health and basic education.  My eldest sister was running a free medical clinic, and she was beaten by Muslim extremists. People have tried to kidnap me four times. Not only this, they also tried to burn down our house when we were not at home, and luckily everything remained safe except for a few items. Every time, their demands were the same: leave or change your religion to Muslim. We filed reports to the police. We tried several times, but the police refused to file our report.  At the end, they threaten us with the Blasphemy Law. That was the most dangerous and scary thing for us.  The Blasphemy Law means they have a license to kill us, guilty or not. After this treat, it became clear we had to leave Pakistan urgently. My family acquired visas for Thailand and left our country with nothing except a few set of clothes. Now, we are in Thailand for 10 months. We applied to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for Asylum. However, we face incredible problems in Thailand too. We are not allowed to find employment to support our families. We don't have enough food to survive. We have to skip meals. We have no money for room rent. A Christian church has helped us with housing and food, but the church is over-burdened with hundreds of refugees. We have no idea how long we must endure these horrible conditions as it may require years for the UNHCR to process the more than 10,000 refuge...