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  • Beverly Van Kampen

A Bible teacher named Jane Johnson once said this to her class about the Bible: I could simply share with you the treasures I’ve uncovered. But I’d rather give you the treasure map.

For those of you who have been following our literacy program in Pakistan, you know that giving that map to the Bible's treasures is the goal of our teaching.

Zarish (on the left above) is our director of literacy in Islamabad. She has been faithful in teaching her own classes and in helping new teachers get started in other areas of that city as well. Presently she has 17 students in her basic literacy class.

At another location in Islamabad, Pastor Waris is teaching 20 students in his basic literacy class and anticipates being able to schedule a graduation for these first students to complete the course at his church.

First the students learn the basics of reading and writing in Urdu and they learn some foundational math skills. When they graduate with their literacy certificate - a proud day for them - they are given a large-print Urdu Bible.

They continue to develop their literacy skills by reading word-by-word and verse-by-verse through the New Testament, developing the skills they have until they can read the Bible independently and discover its treasures on their own. Zarish has 19 students in her Bible reading class at this time.

There is a third location in Islambad, taught by Sikendar. We don't have current pictures of his classes, but he is presently teaching 14 students in his basic literacy class and 16 in his Bible reading class.

It's hard work to learn to read and write as an adult. Please pray that our students will persist in their work and rejoice in their successes. And pray for our teachers: Zarish, Waris, and Sikendar.

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." - Romans 15:4

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First of all, we'd like you to meet Ibrahim (in English it's Abraham) a friend of Mehboob's who has recently completed the four months of training through Covenant Leadership Training Institute (CLTI) in Karachi.

Abraham has been working with Mehboob in the church planting work in Daska where seven people have recently accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord and have made their faith public by being baptized. We'd like you to meet them, too.

So, these pictures show some of our new Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan. Please pray for them as there are some challenges to living boldly for Christ in their area.

Abraham is also asking for prayer for himself and his family as he begins to put into practice the biblical leadership principles he learned at CLTI and is seeking God's will for a job adequate to meet his family's needs.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, - Matthew 28:19

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  • Beverly Van Kampen

Adnan has been working with Reach the Nations for several years now and has established a thriving church in Dhamonke (aka Dhamokay).

Nearly six years ago when Adnan started to work in Dhamonke, there were 20 to 25 people who attended a worship/prayer service regularly as a small church body. Now the Dhamonke church has 70 to 80 in attendance week by week.

They also have three Sunday School workers teaching about 50 children each Sunday.

There are people putting their faith in Christ regularly, so the church holds baptism services twice each year. The pictures in this post are from just a couple of weeks ago.

Discipling new believers is also something Adnan does regularly. Presently, he is taking three young people, Raesheb, Waqas, and Fahad deeper into the Word and teaching about living the Christian life. He asks that we pray for these three young men.

But, there's a village with people who need to hear. So Adnan now has started a small work in Dharweshkay where he goes once a week to preach and teach. There are five families meeting together to worship and learn.

But, there's another village with people who need to hear. So Adnan is going to Sabosra regularly as well, ministering to three families and sharing the Gospel with others.

We are so thankful for Adnan and the Punjab team as they begin with a home church and reach out to communities around them - just as Jesus said.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1:8

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