The community is extremely poor and deprived of basic human rights. In this scenario ROCOR strives to reach out to the unreached and help victims of controversial blasphemy laws, poverty, sexually abused children, vulnerable women and orphans. We always stand by them through thick and thin and the Russian Orthodox Church in Pakistan fight for the minority rights on different forums. Beside this the representative the sole canonical priest Fr. Joseph Farooq is participating in peace conferences and meetings and representing the Russian Orthodox Church for the promotion of peace and human harmony in Pakistan.
Since ROCOR Mission is very new and have scarcity of donations and charity. We trust in Lord Jesus Christ and these worries, problems, antagonist forces and less financial sources will never stop us to carry this mission because our strong faith and hope give us a reason to continue and courage to move ahead.
St. Paul says in His II Epistle to Corinthians Ch: 4:16-17
“For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble”.
St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission is caring the spiritual need of the people by celebrating regular Divine Liturgy and orthodox community gets strength by receiving the Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Besides this they are taught holy orthodoxy to strengthen their faith so that they become patient, humble, and tolerant and steadfastness. Fr. Joseph Farooq is preaching the Gospel and holy orthodoxy very diligently going from door to door. The poor and sick are looked after, cared and comforted.
Fr.Joseph Farooq is responsible for translating the Orthodox literature into the local native language for the faithful. He is working for the rights of the oppressed Christian minority in Pakistan, writing articles against the discriminatory laws in Pakistan and for the restoration of human rights. He believes that after “the cross we will be partakers in the resurrection”.
Since 31st January 2011 we received warmly 45 families into holy orthodoxy total number of people are 174 people. In the beginning we had a small group, then gradually our strength began to grow and within few years we have +250 orthodox faithful. Despite of the many challenges and trials number of orthodox believers is increasing day by day.
Religious and Social Activities:
- Regular Celebrating Divine Liturgy
- Teaching Orthodox Faith to the People in different regions of Pakistan
- Preaching Gospel / Teaching orthodoxy to non-orthodox
- Translation of Prayer Books, Book of Need , Divine Liturgy, Life of Saints, History of
- Orthodox Church, Catechism of the Eastern Orthodox Church and etc.
- Fellowship and Pastoral Care
- Orphan Children and Education
- Awareness about Human Rights
- Working for Peace and Harmony on different forums
- Working for the Rights of bonded Labour Christians
- Working for suffering and persecuted Christians especially women and young girls raped by Muslims and I also work for those Christian young girls who are enforced by the Muslims dominant groups to embrace Islam.
Children in Orthodox Church:
Children are the great asset who is the future of Orthodox Mission in Pakistan. They are the coming generation and the Sacred Scripture teaches to church to care of the children. Therefore it the top priority of our mission is to train and teach them about the holy traditions of orthodox faith. St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is playing a vital role in this ministry.
We are approaching to those who are hopeless, homeless and victim of bondage labour and have no facility to get basic and skilled education and living in very dangerous and critical situation. We are having Sunday school for them and in our limited sources help them to get education. Since Pakistan has dual education policy that is (1) separate schools and syllabus for rich class (2) separate school and syllabus for poor class. Pakistan ranks second in the global ranking with the highest number of out-of-school children with the figure estimated to be about 25 million, the report said. Pakistan has the lowest youth literacy rate. Only 59 percent females are literate as compared to 79 percent of males in the age group of 15 to 24 years, it added.
St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan has a plan to build schools for their better and prosperous future, God willing.
Adult Christian Girls and Women:
The adult Christian girls and women in Pakistan have been denied privilege of human right i.e. economic, social and political. They are denied not only the right to education, but also the right to decide matters relating to their marriages and divorce. Often abuses are compounded: poor girls and women are trafficked and subject to forced marriage. The Christian girls are the easy prey of forced marriage and in most of cases the Christian girls are forced to embrace Islam even a married Christian women are victim of Islamic Marriage Act.
There are number of cases that Christian girls and women are raped and forced to have sex at their work places, especially who are working in the houses of rich Muslim land lords and businessmen. Nearly 2,000 women and girls from various minority sects were forcibly converted to Islam through rape, torture and kidnappings, and 161 people were charged with blasphemy in 2011, according to a report. The reports by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) revealed that minorities made up to three to four percent of the country’s population, but remain sidelined in state policies. According to the Daily Times, in 2011, extremists killed Governor Salmaan Taseer and federal minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, as both advocated rights for minorities by calling for amendments in the country’s controversial blasphemy law. The report also revealed that there was rampant violence against children and showed that a total of 2,303 instances of sexual abuse were recorded from various parts of the country.
We are thankful to God that St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan is conducting meetings, organizing different awareness programs for them. We are also working to uplift their living standard. And for these purposes we wish to launch Stitching Schools, income generating projects and art and craft courses etc.