Pakistan

Pakistan is a populous and multi-ethnic country in South Asia. The name Pakistan derives from two words "Pak" (Persian for holy, clean or pure) and "istan" (derives from the Hindi word "isthan," which means a place)

KEY CHALLENGES

Much like anywhere else in the world — opportunities often come through networking. Because Christians are a small minority group in Pakistan and often persecuted, job opportunities are limited and Christians are often left to work the hardest of jobs, if they can find work at all. Jobs with conditions that are challenging and have limited access to healthcare means more men are dying. Culturally, since women are taken care of by their husbands or sons, widows either become burdens on their families or are forced to beg on the streets. Paying dowries is still a practice used in Pakistan, which can lead to marrying girls off while they are young to help a struggling family earn money to live off. There are even Christian communities in Pakistan who feel forced into this practice. 
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our approach

We were never intended to live in poverty, divided against one another, with little hope for peace. In the Kingdom of God, poverty, violence, division, and hopelessness will not exist. We think that the Church is God’s primary transforming agent in the world. The local church is there to make its community more like the Kingdom of God.

Read on to learn how communities are being transformed in Pakistan.

Our partners

Mission ONE has been working with our partners, a local church denomination,  in Pakistan since 1996. Their ministry includes church planting and holistic outreach in the form of humanitarian aid to those suffering in crisis, as well as long-term activities developing vocational work for women.
Little girls getting excited after seeing foreign people in their village in Hushe region of Skardu, Pakistan

PROJECTS

Sewing Centers - Our partners have opened three sewing centers in various cities, each one led by women for women. Those in the sewing center programs are discipled, taught a tangible skill, and empowered to start their own business. Our partners are offering women a way out through learning skills to do dignified work and earn an income so that they are not a burden to their families. The sewing centers provide an opportunity for women to provide for themselves. 

Gospel Context

Pakistan is a Muslim country in which Christians face persecution. The message of Jesus is attractive to the lowly and poor in this context. The idea that Jesus' life, death, and resurrection could make me a child of God subverts the message of worthlessness many have been given throughout their lives.

If you would like to learn more about status reversal found in Jesus, check out Werner Mischke's book The Global Gospel.

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