Published on September 10th, 2012
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.)