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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.

Pakistan: Parveen Remembers the Sabbath Day


Parveen is the daughter of poor parents in Pakistan. Like many Christian girls in Pakistan, she worked as a maid in a Muslim home to help support her family. Parveen received just $17 a month for her work.

Christians in Pakistan often have a hard time getting a good education and good jobs. Most of the best opportunities go to Muslims. Muslims are people who follow the religion called “Islam.” Islam does not agree with the teachings of the Bible.

Muslims believe they should pray five times a day. They say mostly the same words each time. On Fridays, many Muslims go to a mosque to pray. A mosque is a building where Muslims worship.

One Saturday, Parveen’s boss, Fatima, told Parveen to come to work the next day. “I have guests coming tomorrow,” Fatima said.

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Pakistan: Youth Sunday School Teacher Shares With Muslims


Esther Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, told the following story to workers from The Voice of the Martyrs who visited her in Pakistan.

“My family and I work at a brick kiln making bricks. We live in a colony of brick kiln workers. All the families live in small brick huts near the kiln. We cook outside in the courtyard.

“About two-thirds of the families are Muslim and the rest are Christian. Brick kiln workers have a very hard life.

“I am the oldest of six children. My parents are very poor. For many years they worked 14 hours a day so we could go to school. When I was in the sixth grade, I was very sick. My father’s daily routine while I was sick was to pray for me the whole night. He encouraged me with his prayers. Praise the Lord, I was healed! This taught me to pray for sick people.

“After I finished 10th grade, I started a house church for 10 Christian families from the brick kiln colony. A pastor came to lead a biblical teaching, and I taught Sunday school. Muslims began to attend. They were very interested in learning about the miracles of Jesus and the stories of people from the Bible.

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The capital of Pakistan is Islamabad, named in honor of Islam, the religion of Muslims.

Pakistan is about the size of California and New Mexico combined. Its population is more than half of the population of the entire United States.

Main Languages
Urdu, English, Punjabi

At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 5:00 p.m. in Pakistan.

Interesting Facts
Steering wheels are on the right side of the car in Pakistan, and people drive on the left side of the road.

Only about half the adults in Pakistan can read.

Pakistan was part of India until 1947. Muslims in India who wanted a country of their own started Pakistan. In 1971, East Pakistan left Pakistan to become Bangladesh.

Most of the people in Pakistan are Muslims. By law, the president of the country must be a Muslim.

Many Muslims in Pakistan get along with Christians. But Christians are harshly persecuted by Muslims who are radical in their faith. Muslims who decide to follow Jesus often face the worst persecution. Even their families treat them badly.

Pakistan’s “blasphemy laws” say that no one may say anything against Islam or damage the Muslim holy book, the Quran. Even Christians who do not do these things are sometimes falsely accused of blasphemy.