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New Friends and New Skills

Nadia and her family now
Christian girls in Pakistan learning sewing skills

Christian girls in Pakistan often have difficulty getting a good education or good jobs. Many have to go to work as maids in Muslim homes where they may be treated badly.

The Voice of the Martyrs provides sewing training and reading classes to help Christian girls and women who have experienced persecution. The training prepares them to earn a living using their new skills. The students also grow stronger in their faith through Bible studies and from new friends they meet at the classes.

Read below what some of the girls said about the classes.

B.K. said: “I am thankful for the sewing skills. Now I don’t need to go and work for a Muslim family. I know that Muslims were very bad to me, but now I pray for them.”
B.H. said: “I was not able to read and write anything, but now I am able to read my Bible and even write. Now I am serving the Lord in women’s ministry.”
H.B. said: “Muslims hit me and my son because my son told them Jesus is alive. I met women at the sewing center who suffered in the same kind of situation. Now God helps me to pray for Muslim people.”
M.B. said: “I used to be a Muslim, but I became a Christian. When I married a Christian man, my family started persecuting me. They stole everything from us, and we had nothing. Because of the sewing center, I am able to stitch my dresses and even read the Bible. God opened the door for me to go teach the gospel to my Muslim relatives.”

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


Homeschooling with Kids of Courage

Homeschooling with Kids of Courage

Amy T. of Ohio wrote the following email to The Voice of the Martyrs.

“Thank you for making Kids of Courage downloads available to my family. We have homeschooled all year using your material, and my kids LOVED it. We learned so much about the children of the Asian countries we studied, and they remember details we never would have gotten otherwise. Thank you so much.”

The photo of Amy’s daughter includes the Pakistan bus she made using instructions from Bold Believers in Pakistan, downloadable on this site. Find the instructions here.


John 14:6 Changes a Girl’s Life in Pakistan

Nadia and her family now
Nadia and her family now (eyes covered to protect identities)

Nadia grew up in a Muslim home in Pakistan, where most of the people are Muslims. Her family slept on the roof during the hot summer season. (Many houses in Pakistan have flat roofs.) There was a church near her home.

One night, Nadia heard the pastor of the church praying over a loudspeaker. He sang worship songs, then he recited John 14:6, which says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

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Pakistan: Requests for Prayer

Pakistan

The Voice of the Martyrs contacts in Pakistan recently shared the following prayer requests.

  • A Christian went to a shop in Pakistan to make a photocopy of a hymn of praise to Jesus. Muslims at the shop were angry that the Christian honored Jesus as the Son of God. The Muslims beat up the Christian, but he was not badly hurt. “He stood up with few wounds, thanked the Lord, and went home,” said the contact. Please pray for the man’s protection.
  • Muslims often give a certain evangelist in Pakistan a hard time. One day, some Muslims threw trash at the gate in front of the evangelist’s home. They wrote on the boundary walls at the house, “Dirty people live in this house.” Please pray for the evangelist and his family.

Youth Persecuted in Tanzania and Pakistan

Reading the Quran
Reading the Quran

Eva, a 17-year-old girl in Tanzania, was recently sent to prison for two years. Muslims in her family and town were angry because Eva had left Islam, the religion of Muslims, three years ago. When she refused to return to Islam, Muslims reported that she had damaged a Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.)

Muslims handle copies of the Quran with great care because they believe it is the word of Allah, who they worship. Even if they do not read or understand the Quran, they keep it in a safe place and never on the floor. In some Muslim areas, radical Muslims get very angry if they think someone has handled a Quran roughly.

Christians in Pakistan can also go to jail for “blasphemy” if they damage a Quran. Blasphemy means a word or deed used to dishonor something holy.

Last week, a girl in Pakistan was accused of burning pages of a Quran. A large, angry mob gathered in her town to protest against her. She was taken to a police station.

Some reports say the girl may have been collecting trash to burn for fuel. Some Muslims believe that the trash included pages from a Quran. Christians in the area are afraid that their homes may now be attacked by the radical Muslims.

Pray for Eva, for the Pakistani girl, and for Christians in Tanzania and Pakistan.

ReadComparing the Bible and the Quran” in the Beliefs section of this site to learn more about the Quran.