Pakistan has a majority Muslim population with a struggling Christian minority. Zarephath Bible Seminary (ZBS) was established to train Pakistani Christians to become Christ-like servant leaders. Their dream is for Pakistani Christians to not have to go overseas to receive faithful bible teaching training, but to receive quality theological education in their own country, language and culture.
ZBS combines classroom instruction with practical work in order to create servant-hearted Christian leaders. A key part of a three-year course includes nine months of practical ministry training, where students are involved in outreach and mission around the country. Within the classroom, students learn how to read and understand the Bible and how to teach it in a range of contexts. ZBS hopes that students who graduate from the college will take with them healthy models of evangelism as they serve around the country.
Nearly 300 individuals have graduated from ZBS, 82% of which are engaged in full time service of the Lord Jesus. Ministries they have gone on to include leading and pastoring churches, children’s work, women's ministry and various evangelistic outreaches.
Currently the college's major limitation is its size. The number of students they can admit is restricted by its having only two classrooms. Crosslinks are supporting ZBS as they commit to building a new campus that will support many additional students. At the same time, ZBS are launching several income generating schemes, which will help sponsor students to attend the college. The completion of both these projects will ensure financial security for the future and result in many more Pakistani Christians being trained to serve Christ throughout Pakistan
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Greetings from Rawalpindi, Pakistan!
We, the students, faculty and staff of Zarephath Bible Seminary wish all our friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
In Pakistan celebrating Christmas has gone through changes in the past decade. Now most government offices and private businesses, the Prime Minister's Office, the President's house, private and state-run TV channels, and state-run and private FM radio stations, all hold various Christmas programmes. This gives a wonderful opportunity for people to listen and watch the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Many local Muslims leaders will also enjoy visiting a church in their area to wish Happy Christmas to the Christian people and to bring a gift of Christmas cake! All church buildings are decorated with colourful lights.
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