Room to grow

 Young men are able to study the Bible while they learn a trade at the Youth Vocational Training project

A new building project is the foundation to seeing God’s kingdom grow in Pakistan.

In a country where Christians make up less than three per cent of the population, SIM Pakistan is upgrading its facilities to reach more people with the gospel.

It has bought a small plot of land next to the existing school and hostels in the southern Punjabi town of Rahim Yar Khan, which will be developed to help SIM Pakistan’s work.

Plans include building a new base for the Youth Vocational Project and dormitories to replace the current Middle Boys’ Hostel — two SIM projects helping poor and illiterate young men and boys on the fringes of society.

Once the boys have moved, their former hostel will then be used to open a girls’ high school to enable girls from rural villages to continue their studies beyond the age of 14. 

“We are excited that this project is enabling girls to continue their education as far as boys,” explained one mission worker. 
“Government rules mean that over the age of 14, girls and boys have to be educated separately and before we bought this land, we just didn’t have space to have the 14+ section for girls.”

The final stage will be converting the “crumbling“ missions office into a ministry hub for leadership training.“The opportunity that the Lord has given us to buy land adjacent to existing buildings means the new centre will serve a great deal of ministries in our area, while also meeting the stringent security requirements that are placed upon SIM working in this region of Pakistan,” the mission worker added.

“Our prayer is that we will raise the money to see Project Centre come to fruition, so the church will be a blessing to the communities of Pakistan through its witness and message.”

Please pray

  • Give thanks for the work of SIM Pakistan to see godly, visionary leaders take the church forward.

  • For more young people from rural areas to be trained and discipled to be effective church members.

  • For generous donors to support Project Centre. (Go to www.sim.co.uk/give
    and mark your donation for project 98006.)
     

    By Kerry Allan