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A Pakistani girlA Pakistani girl

The following story about Parveen, a girl in Pakistan, is from the Kids of Courage archives.

“I am 13 years old, and I live in Pakistan. My name is Parveen.

“My father believes in Jesus. But when I was a year old, my mother left my father, became a Muslim, and married a Muslim man. My father remarried, and now I have a stepmother.

“I go to a Christian boarding school in a large city. In the evenings, a pastor’s wife prays with us. She told us that Jesus sacrificed for us because he loves us. I started studying the Bible every day. After that I decided to follow Christ and got baptized. I was very happy.

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Chapatis

Chapatis

Chapatis are a kind of flatbread cooked in Pakistan. They are round and about the size of a dinner plate. Pieces of chapatis can be used instead of a fork to pick up other food.

To make chapatis, mix 1¼ cups of flour with ½ cup of water until you can form the mixture into a ball. (Add more flour or water if necessary.) Make golf ball-size balls out of the dough. Roll each ball in flour, then pat or roll it into a 5-inch to 6-inch circle. Put each circle in a hot frying pan for a few minutes until it is lightly browned. (Use no oil.) Turn it over and lightly brown the other side.

Can you share chapatis or another Pakistani food with someone while also sharing facts about Christians in Pakistan with them? Enter “Pakistan” in the search box to find more stories. Find additional Pakistani recipes here or in Bold Believers in Pakistan, an activity book in the Downloads section.


Pakistan: Kid of Courage Stands “Alone”

Pakistan

(Source: Kids of Courage archives)

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Ephesians 6:13, NIV).

The Assembly
One day, the teachers at a public school in Pakistan called all the students to a special assembly. At the assembly, a teacher announced to the entire school that the “Injil” has been changed and is now false. “Injil” is the name that Muslims call the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

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Pakistan: Escape from a Snake

Rebekha

Rebekha was angry. Her teacher expected her to sit by a new girl in her ninth grade class in Pakistan. The new girl was a Christian, and Rebekha hated Christians! She chose to sit on the floor rather than sit by Mary, the new girl.

Rebekha then had to miss school because she was sick. She needed help studying for a test. None of the other Muslim girls would help her study. Mary offered to help, and Rebekha began to like Christians a little bit more.

A Bad Attitude
Some Christians started a sewing class in Rebekha’s village, and Mary invited Rebekha to attend. Rebekha went to the class, but she sat separately from the Christian girls. She still did not like Christians very well.

The Christian girls were sad about Rebekha’s attitude. They spent much time in prayer for her.

Rebekha realized that she could find nothing wrong with the Christian girls. After two months, she asked Mary for a Bible. Mary happily gave her one. Mary asked God to help Rebekha understand the Bible and follow Christ.

Honor
The girls’ prayers were answered! Rebekha not only quit hating Christians; she became one! Rebekha was happy, but her family was miserable. They tried to get her to return to Islam, the religion of Muslims.

Honor is very important in many Muslim countries. A man receives honor if others in his culture respect him. He loses honor if members of his family do not follow the customs of those around him. Some Muslims in Pakistan believe they will lose honor if someone in their family becomes a Christian.

That is what Rebekha’s uncles believed.

An Evil Plan
The uncles took Rebekha to a canal near their farmland. When they got to the canal, they saw a deadly cobra swimming in the water. “Good,” the uncles said, “the cobra will bite her.” They threw her into the canal and hurried away. Rebekha did not know how to swim. She prayed for help. The cobra disappeared. Rebekha climbed out of the canal and praised God for keeping her safe.

Rebekha returned home soaking wet. Her family was astonished. Her father said she could no longer live there since she had become a Christian. She left home, and Mary helped her find Christians who would take care of her. Rebekha was grateful to God for sparing her life.

(Source: Kids of Courage archives)

(Note: Rebekha’s face is covered in the photo above to protect her identity.)

To Think About
Mary came from a Christian family. What advice do you suppose her family gave her about attending school where most of the students were Muslims? What do you think they told her when she came home and said that Rebekha sat on the floor rather than sitting next to her?

Use this link to find drawings of a Pakistani family to photocopy and color. Cut out the pictures after you color them, and glue them to craft sticks to make stick puppets. With the puppets, act out what might have happened at Mary’s house after she began to attend school with Rebekha.


Pakistan: Sara’s Dad

Sara’s dad, Paulus, was a bully. And Christians were the main target of his bullying. As a Muslim police officer in Pakistan, he believed it was his duty to try to convince Christians to deny Jesus and follow Islam. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) When Christians refused his invitation to Islam, he beat them up.

But one day, Paulus found a Bible at a bookstore. As he read his new book, he became curious about Jesus, so he asked some Christians to help him learn more. The Christians took Paulus to their pastor. After he talked to the pastor and then had a vision of Jesus, he trusted Christ as his Savior.

The Bully Is Bullied
Muslim family members and religious leaders often beat Paulus after he became a Christian. One day, he was holding Sara in his arms when a relative hit him so hard that he dropped her. Her left eye was permanently damaged. Sadly, after another beating, Paulus died in 2016.

Sara and her mother, Marriam, are happy that Paulus is in heaven with his Savior. But they have not had an easy time since he died. The Voice of the Martyrs has provided Marriam with a rickshaw so she can run a taxi business to support herself and Sara.

VOM also helped with school fees and medical treatment for Sara. She still can’t see out of her injured eye, but she was able to get a glass eye, which gives her more confidence.

Please pray for Marriam, Sara, and faithful Christians in Pakistan who continue to follow Christ whatever the cost.

[Photos: Marriam and Sara]