Church leader operating in Middle East, receives death threats, asks for prayer


Date:                                   October 21, 2016

By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

Baptism Mid EastSOUTH ASIA/MIDDLE EAST (ANS -- October 21, 2016) -- Pastor Paul and his team are courageously spreading the Gospel in restricted countries in South Asia and the Middle East. A very pointed, dire death threat he received recently caused him to reach out and request prayer from believers around the world.

This is the text of the death threat he received October 15th. It read:

“Hey Paul, son of Kafir, You are not Pastor Paul. You are b....... Paul. You betrayed your mother, Deenul Islam. We know where you are and what you are doing. We will not allow you to go further at any cost.

“You are attracting and misguiding innocent people to the hell by magics and vulgar tricks to the hated and cursed christian religion. You are not worthy to live any more. Time is up to throw your meat for pigs and dogs.

“Your days are counted. Your head and body will be hanging in your gate face to face within no time. Your family and children are not excused. The world will see and laugh at the end of a cursed man and his family.

“No doubt we will kill everybody who followed your hated religion unless they turn back to Islam. You are going to see the sea of blood of your people this week before your execution. Mind it.”

Pastor Paul remains unbowed by the malicious warning. “I don’t mind if anything happen to me,” he says. “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”(Phil. 1:21)

Photo captions: 1) Baptism conducted recently by Pastor Paul and Bibles4Mideast. 2) Mark Ellis.


Mark EllisAbout the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (, and also founder of, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world. He is also co-host for "Windows on the World" with ANS founder, Dan Wooding, which is aired weekly on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (

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