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Make a Brick

Brick Kiln

Many Christians in Pakistan have to work at brick kilns because better jobs often go to Muslim workers. A Christian woman who worked in a brick kiln explained more about what life is like for brick kiln workers.

“My family is uneducated and poor. I never went to school. I have been working at the brick kiln my whole life. I never played with toys because I was busy making bricks the whole day. In my free time, I took care of my younger brothers and sisters. I made the first brick that I made by myself when I was 10. I was very happy that I learned the art of making bricks to earn some money. I knew that my little income could not feed my family. But I could support them a little bit with what I made. At that time a brick kiln worker earned 40 cents for making 1,000 bricks. Today they earn $5 for 1,000 bricks.”

You can make a brick by mixing 2 cups of straw (or dried grass), 4 quarts of dirt, and 6 cups of water. Line a shoebox with plastic, such as a trash bag. Tape the plastic to the outside of the box to secure it. Pour some of the dirt mixture into the box. Let it dry in the sun for about two days. Take it out of the box and turn it over so the bottom can dry.


Learn About Urdu

What if you wanted to read a Bible but none of the Bibles in the world were written in English? Pakistan has more than 60 languages. Not even half the languages have Bibles. The official language of Pakistan is Urdu. Unlike English, Urdu is written from right to left instead of left to right. Christians take Urdu Bible storybooks to people in Pakistan. Pray that all the people in Pakistan will learn about Jesus. Ask God to send more translators to spread His word to people who do not have Bibles in their languages.

How to Say Some Urdu Words

(Pronunciations are approximate.)

Praise the Lord: Hoo-DAH-wahnd kee tah-REEF ho

Please: meh-hehr-BAH-nee

Thank you: shoo-kree-yuh


Pakistani Recipes

Mango Drink

Puree one cup of chopped mango in a blender with ½ cup chilled orange juice and 3 tbsp. honey. Combine with 2 cups milk in a mixing bowl and whisk until frothy. Pour into glasses to serve.

Note: 1 cup of chilled mango nectar can be substituted for the chopped mango. If nectar is used, it is not necessary to use a blender. Just mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

Rice Almond Pudding

Stir 4 cups of milk and ¼ cup of rice flour in a pan until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken. Add ¾ cup of sugar and stir 3 to 4 minutes more. Pour into serving dishes and sprinkle each serving with 1 tbsp sliced almonds. Serve warm.

Unday Ka Halva

Mix 3 eggs, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup butter, ¼ cup crushed almonds, and ½ cup raisins in a medium saucepan. (Optional: stir in 1/8 cup crushed pistachios and a pinch of cardamom.) Stir constantly over low to medium heat until the mixture thickens. Pat the mixture into a one-inch layer on a cookie sheet. Cool it in the refrigerator, then cut into squares to serve.


Arabic

Arabic is the official language of many Muslim countries. Muslims believe that Arabic is the language of Allah.

The majority of Muslims in the world do not speak Arabic as their first language. But it is customary for all Muslims to say their daily prayers in Arabic, even if they do not understand the language well.

Unlike English, Arabic is written from left to right. Here is how to pronounce some words and phrases in Arabic. (Pronunciations are approximate.)

Praise the Lord. [MAHG-duh lah rahp]

Jesus saves. [Yah-SOO-ah yoo-KHAH-liss]

Yes [nahm]

No [lah]

Jesus loves you. [Yah-SOO-ah yoh HEH-back]

Do you know Jesus? [Hahl-tah-reef yah-SOO-ah]

My name is ___. [IS-mih ___.]

Thank you [SHOO-krahn]


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