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As you are all aware, International Christian Voice visited Pakistani Christian refugees in Thailand in November 2015. During our visit, we found one family who we believed was most deserving of sponsorship to Canada. Mr. Faris Ayub fled Pakistan to save his life and the lives of

arrival of faris family his family, specifically his daughter, who was being pursued for kidnapping and forceful conversion.Upon arriving in Thailand, Mr. Ayub fell into severe anxiety and depression due to the mistreatment he faced in by immigration authorities in Thailand and not being able to provide for his family. He began working illegally to feed his young family who were sleeping with empty stomachs. While working at a factory, he suffered a serious injury in which three of his fingers were cut off his hand due to a lack of safety precautions. His inability to pay for medical treatment caused Mr. Ayub to suffer from tremendous physical and emotional pain which resulted in a heart attack that took his life.  

Since 2015, ICV has supported his widowed wife and three children with all their needs and began the process their sponsorship to Canada. In March 2017, on the death anniversary of Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti, ICV arranged a fundraiser specifically for this family to arrange for their settlement in Canada.

We are very pleased to inform you all that after a long and difficult journey, the family has arrived in Toronto, Canada today, December 20, 2017. Upon their arrival at the airport, the family feels that their suffocation has ended, and they are now able to live a free life. International Christian Voice feels honoured to have been able to help this family during the most difficult time in their lives. We are sure that Martyr Shahbaz Bhatti, who gave his life for families such as this one, will be happy to see the result of the sacrifice of his life.

International Christian Voice would like to thank all supporters and well wishers who contributed and helped in bringing the Faris family to Canada. We would especially like to thank our sponsors who gave so generously with open hearts to help. We also thank the Canadian Government which has opened its borders to deserving refugees like the Faris family, giving them the opportunity to start their lives anew in a free and just society.

We again request you all to remember this family in your prayers, that God would continue to help them with their integration into their new lives in Canada.

Anya Faris receiving cellphone

Faris family with ICV team

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Sara’s Story

My name is Sara Sumbal. My family and I are asylum seekers in Bangkok, Thailand. We fled our home in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2013 when we became victims of persecution after my father, a Christian evangelist, was labeled a blasphemer under the Blasphemy Law for evangelising a Muslim man. My father was initially threatened by two Muslim clerics to stop evangelising or they would kill him and his family. They then ordered him to convert to Islam and all would be well. When he refused, they and the male members of the Muslim man’s family beat him unconscious and left him for dead on a garbage heap. 

          Sara with her family prior to their detention

After my father’s recovery, the extremists threatened him again with death because he continued holding prayer meetings. Because we were traumatised and terrified, our family fled form Karachi to a friend’s home in the city of Bahawalpur.


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Shahbaz Bhatti was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 2008 and named Federal Minister for Minorities a portfolio he accepted because of the opportunity it offered to defend the oppressed and marginalized of Pakistan.