It can seem like a double-whammy to be a female in Pakistan who is also follower of Jesus Christ. On their own, women are expected to maintain a low profile in public society. Sometimes even in private, women stay behind doors or in another room if there is a man present to whom they are not related. Furthermore, evangelical Christians make up less than 1% of the population. Christians are often discriminated against by the majority population in civil rights, education, and employment.
So, imagine how marginalized Christian women feel in this culture…then imagine how unique it would be for women here to attend a seminar devoted to issues that touch them the most! FMI volunteers led our first such event here for the wives of our FMI-supported church planters.
While their husbands attended regular monthly FMI seminar in another building, Jasmine led about 50 women through an exciting Bible study exploring how God mightily uses the very people whom society marginalizes and considers weak or insignificant. Along with the teaching sessions, they divided into discussion groups to review Scripture and answer some questions together. The women were assured of God’s almighty power working on their behalf, and they recognized how empowered they truly are as they considered their spheres of influence – in their homes, in their churches, among their circles of friends, and especially as support for their husbands’ ministries.
Even a few days later, many pastors told our national leadership team how much their wives enjoyed the special gathering, the attention given to them, and the content of the teaching. One pastors explained there had already been a noticeable transformation in his household because of his wife’s involvement in the seminar.
The women have asked for more seminars like this. Their husbands would probably agree.
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