God’s place for her in society

OM International | Pakistan

Many women in Pakistan face challenges such as gender discrimination, forced marriages and less access to education than men. These daily realities are hard, particularly for Christian women who make up a minority.

A five-day retreat led by OM’s team created a safe haven for over 75 women from Pakistan’s four major provinces, who united for Bible training, fellowship and community. For many women this camp was the first they had every attended.

The teaching began with an explanation of God’s plan for salvation and new birth. The participants were then invited to accept Christ as Saviour. As a result, ten women made a decision to place their trust in Him.

“I am Catholic and never heard the Gospel message in such a clear way,” wrote one new believer, Samreen.* “I found Christ has given His life for my sins. I am changed and now have a passion to spread this news to others also.” 

Learning about the strong character and wisdom of Queen Esther in the Bible gave the women a vision for how God could use them to impact society.

“Being a female in this society, I had feelings that I am helpless and unworthy,” participant Nimra* said, “but through the teachings from the book of Esther I found that women can be powerful, impactful and change the world. I am really encouraged and thankful to God that He cares for me.“

Small group activities, relaxing times in nature, and meditation on God’s Word allowed the women to experience Christian community they may not have had.

Housewife Sumera* shared, “To me this is a golden time of my life [as] my routine is very tough at home. I am not able to spend quality time with the Lord. This time has refreshed me spiritually and the fellowship & fun time provided me much needed energy for my life.”

Pray that the teaching continues to bear fruit in the lives of the women and their families, so that they could become instruments of positive change in their own sphere of influence like Queen Esther.

*Names changed.

Published: Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Credit: OM International
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