For Christians, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is among the toughest mission fields in the world.

More than 95 percent of the 184 million souls who live in Pakistan claim Islam as their faith. The country has anti-conversion laws for Muslims and has served as the base of operations for extremists. The Taliban formed in Pakistan among a group of refugees from neighboring Afghanistan. In May, the Pakistani city of Abbottabad was revealed as the hiding place of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

But the Gospel has taken root in Pakistan, says Hadayat Din, a native of Sialkot, in Pakistan’s northeastern Punjab province.

Converted in the U.S., Din returned to his native land and helped plant churches. Now 74, he and his wife live in Cordova, Tenn. Their two children are active church members. The couple also has seven grandchildren. Din corresponds with and encourages small groups of church members who pray for a spiritual awakening in Pakistan.

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