Our vision is to create a network of Pakistanis united in Christ, focused on better quality of life, fellowship and religious freedom for Christians in Pakistan and the UK.
A joint celebration party was held last week for Fouzia and our lead missionary Leighton Medley who passed his Theology course. Fouzia is second form the left in image.
A Pakistani Christian woman who escaped her rapist and abductor with the help of the British Pakistani Christian Association and was then returned to her persecutors by her family, until the BPCA could free her once more has won her freedom through the Pakistani law courts.
Fouzia Bibi was abducted on 23rd July 2015 whilst cleaning the home of her family's slave-master. Her abduction led to a dangerous escape plan enacted by her brother through help and support of the BPCA (click here). BPCA urged the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and western nations to provide Fouzia with asylum, believing at the time she stood little chance of emancipation through Pakistani courts due to an Islamic bias (click here). Sadly none of them offered any assistance.
The poor response from UNHCR and safe nations in the west coupled with threats from the family of rapist Nazir Ahmed, led to the family of Fouzia returning Fouzia to her nightmare. In mitigation for the family Nazir Ahmed is their slave master and they found themselves in an extremely vulnerable position.
BPCA did not give up on Fouzia and once again we helped her escape by providing a phone. This time her family were not notified of the escape as we did not want to fall foul of a second poor decision or place them in unnecessary danger (click here).
In February 2017 BPCA got wind of a new law that penalized perpetrators of forced marriages (click here). In discussion with Fouzia it was decided that we would pursue a divorce case for her. We ensured that our solicitor informed her rapist that we would seek charges against him under the new law if he contested her divorce. Our threat seemed to have had its intended effect and resulted in Mr Nazir Ahmed going into hiding.
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said:
"Fouzia's freedom will hopefully be a trigger for more escapees. Thousands of Christian girls are trapped in forced Islamic marriages and they are all praying for their emancipation.
"This judgement is a leap towards a more just Pakistan but our work has only started. We are making it an ultimate priority of our group to continue to free these poor girls.
"We have set up a series of safe houses for this specific purpose and are engaging with communities to ensure previously hopeless families know that help is on the horizon.
"Christians in Pakistan need to remember resolutely that their God is a mighty God who conquers all."
None of our successes would be achievable without the generosity of our donors. As well as the safe houses and legal fees we have to re-establish lives for these disenfranchised and newly emancipated victims. If you would like to contribute to our work please (click here)