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20120109_010 PAKISTAN KARACHIPakistan

5,000 copies of Child’s Bibles in the Urdu language

 

Christians in Pakistan face all kinds of discrimination, harassment and oppression. Most of these Christians are from the poorest and lowliest sections of society and they must stand up to all sorts of difficulties standing in the way of their social advancement.

 

Usually  Christians perform the most menial tasks.  They are the road sweepers or domestic helpers. Most of them would like to see their children have better lives, but their hopes are often frustrated by the fact that Muslims generally receive more favourable treatment and have better opportunities than they, even with the same level of education. While for the poorer Christian families, even sending their children to school in the first place involves great deal of financial sacrifice. Often their mothers and older sisters have to go to work, in order to be able to cover the school fees.

 

Most families have many children, and these children are seen as a gift from God and a sign of hope for the future. The parents are proud to see their children get a good education, though most cannot read or write themselves, and so they can do little to help their children.

 

When Christian children are sent to a state school, they often find themselves pressured to renounce their faith. And so, in order to root them more deeply in their own faith, most attend school first in their own parishes, in one of the many Sunday schools where they can grow in their faith. They pray and sing together and come to better know the Good News of the Gospel.

 

With great enthusiasm, they re-enact some of the Bible stories as theater performances. In this way they not only enhance the beauty of the great feasts but also help their parents, who for the most part cannot read the Bible themselves, to better know and understand the Bible stories.

 

The Sisters of Saint Paul, a congregation very much involved in the media apostolate, have been active in Pakistan since 1965 and have produced a wide range of religious and catechetical literature. Now they would like to produce a little Bible for children that will contain not only Bible stories but also short prayers. The idea is to use this book in the Sunday schools and in the religious education classes of the Catholic schools.

 

“Once the children are well grounded in their faith, the parents are less afraid of sending them to the state schools,”the Sisters report. For then there is less danger that they will Child's Biblebe deflected from their faith.

ACN has promised a contribution of $9,425 CAN towards the cost of printing 5,000 copies of this book.


 

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