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
I handed over four things in a gift bag to Rev Shahbaz Boota, the new ZBS principal, on July 18, 2018: an Urdu Bible, the ZBS policy manual, the ATA accreditation manual, and our national flag! All four things are to be upheld for God’s glory.
These four guiding compasses, the Word of God, rules and regulations, training standards, and our calling in our country, have always been kept at the forefront by our predecessors from the time of ZBS' founding in 1982. It has been my effort also, when I served ZBS as principal from 2005 until July 20, 2018, that our graduates are inspired to serve and share the Gospel to the neglected segments of our society and be salt and light for our country.
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