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Transportation in Pakistan

Pakistan

Pakistan

Some buses and trucks in Pakistan are painted in bright colors. They are covered from top to bottom with flowers, designs, lights, tinsel, and beads. Artists in the market make a living decorating the vehicles. The owners of buses believe more people will want to ride their bus if it is pretty. Some people even ride on the roofs of buses in big luggage racks.

You can make a colorful bus or truck out of a tissue box or shoe box.

  1. Remove the cover of the box and turn it upside down.
  2. Cut off the end of the box that will be the front of the bus. Save the piece that you cut off.
  3. Cut back about one-third the length of the top of the box along both edges of the top. Fold the flap that you cut into the shape of a windshield and hood.
  4. Cut away the sides until they are the same height and width as the hood.
  5. Secure the hood to the sides with tape. Use a piece of the front that you cut off to make the part where the headlights go. Tape it to the bus.
  6. Cover the bus with colorful paper, or decorate it with paint, crayons, or markers.
  7. Glue or tape white paper to the bus to make a windshield, windows, and doors.
  8. Cut out cardboard wheels, and glue or tape them on.
  9. Glue on bells, beads, or other decorations.

Comparing Muslim and Christian Beliefs About Salvation

Muslim Beliefs
Christian Beliefs
The need for salvation Muslims believe that people are born sinless. They do not seek a Savior. They depend on their own good works to please Allah, who they worship. They hope Allah will forgive their sins. Christians believe sin is part of human life (Romans 5:12). Christ died for our sins to bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18). By the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, people can be forgiven of the sins that separate them from God (Ephesians 2:8).
Asking for forgiveness The Quran is the Muslims’ holy book. It tells Muslims that they can do good deeds to cancel out bad deeds (Quran 11:114). They believe they can ask Allah to forgive their sins. Allah may or may not forgive them. The Quran says, “[Allah] punisheth whom he will and forgiveth whom he will” (5:40). Christians believe all sin is displeasing to God, whether or not it is “balanced” by good deeds. (See Romans 6:23.) But the Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
No salvation for works alone Muslims believe Allah will judge everyone on Judgment Day. If they have done enough good deeds, they believe they will go to paradise and be saved from hell. Christians believe that humans are not righteous enough to save themselves through good works. All fall short of God’s standard. God sent Jesus to redeem the lost from sin, so that those who believe in Him may have eternal life. (See Romans 3:22-25.)
Beliefs The Quran says Muslims should believe in: Allah, the prophets of Islam, the Quran, angels, and Judgment Day (4:136). But believing in those things will not necessarily assure Muslims of salvation. The Bible tells about someone who asked, “What must I do to be saved?” The answer is, “Believe in the Lord Jesus” (Acts 17:31; see also John 3:16).
Where is salvation found? The Quran says evildoers will have double doom unless they repent, believe, and do good works. Allah will “change their evil deeds to good deeds” if they do these things (Quran 25:70). However their salvation is still not a sure thing. The Bible says, “Salvation is found in no one else [but Jesus], for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NIV).

Uygurs: Tornissa and the Unlikely Letter

China

In the late 1800s, Swedish missionaries and other Christians worked among the Uygur Muslim people in Xinjiang, China. Then during the 1930s, a great persecution of Uygur Christians began. Missionaries were kicked out of Xinjiang.

Tornissa, a Uygur girl, was raised by Swedish missionaries in a Christian orphanage. She was 14 years old when the missionaries were forced to leave Xinjiang.

After the missionaries left, Chinese officials put Tornissa in prison for two years. She was treated badly in prison. She thought she would die from the harsh treatment. But God healed her after she was released.

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Waiting for Moses

Twelve-year-old Sajid makes bricks in Pakistan. He and his mother, Miriam; brother, Aaron; and sister, Naomi, are the only Christians working at a brick factory. Their boss and the other workers are Muslims. Sajid’s father died when Sajid was 10.

Sajid’s family works six days a week. The boss pays them only $4.15 for every 1,000 bricks they make. Then he takes almost half of the money away from them for “expenses and debts.”

Sajid went to school for four years before his father died. Then he had to go to work to help his family. He is the only member of his family who can read. At church, he reads the Bible to the congregation. He loves to worship God, and he hopes to be a pastor someday.

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