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
Greetings from Zarephath Bible Seminary in Pakistan. The situation in Pakistan needs your attention during the coronavirus pandemic.
Yesterday I went to buy groceries and I had to search for two hours to get some items. When I checked the prices of basic food items, they were so high. When I was buying vegetables, a lady came to me and asked me for help in buying her groceries and vegetables. She did not look like a begger but she shared with me that she has five daughters at home who have been hungry for two days. She said she is the only person able to earn money for her family but because of the complete lockdown in the country she is unable to find any work. As I looked at her she was weeping and begging for help. I could not control my tears and immediately I cut short my items of groceries and gave her a good amount of food.
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