Can't wait to tell you . . .
If you've been following our updates, you know that Reach the Nations began an adult literacy program in Islamabad just over a year ago. We have had one graduating class in this six-month program - sixteen women who have passed the required tests to show basic reading, writing and math skills.
Their teacher, Zarish, is now teaching her second class of seventeen women at the church her husband, Pastor Babar, leads in Islamabad. These students will complete their work in April of this year. We are so proud of their faithfulness in study.
Here's the big news, though: Pastor Babar and Zarish have identified another area of Islamabad and a teacher with the skills and great desire to teach adults to read and write. Upon their recommendation, Pastor Rashid, one of the leaders of the RTN team in Pakistan, met with the new teacher, visited the place the classes would be held, and approved the plan to move forward with a second location.
The new teacher is Sikendar (shown above on the right; Pastor Babar is on the left). Sikendar has a finance degree from Urdu Federal University in Islamabad, and he is an assistant pastor and accountant in his church. He is married with two young children and is taking seminary courses at Zarphat Bible seminary.
Books were ordered, students were enrolled and this week the classes have begun at Sikendar's church in the G-8 Sector of Islamabad. We are excited about this because it means more people, young and old, will have the opportunity to learn these basic life skills. And for most of them, their stated desire is to learn to read the Bible for themselves. It's a worthy goal, but there is a lot of hard work ahead
The students are excited as they begin this journey and are thankful to God who, through RTN, is providing an opportunity they never dreamed they would have.
So, if you are praying for Zarish and her teaching, please add Sikendar and his brand-new students to your list. God is at work in many lives and in many ways in Pakistan!
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." - Ephesians 3:20-21