The Kashmiri people are devout Sunni Muslims who live in a highly disputed region that has served as a battleground among Pakistan, India, and China for decades.

A few come from a nominal Christian background and have been displaced into slums outside of Islamabad after being charged with blasphemy. 

Some of these dwellers have been there for nearly 30 years. A majority of them are women who are illiterate but trying to provide for their uneducated children. Most of the women cannot even write their own names.

Engagement — What’s Happening Now

Global Initiative is partnering with a Pentecostal representative to share the gospel through a six-month literacy program. The curriculum is Bible-based in their native language of Urdu.

The literacy program is a house church-based initiative designed to help the women learn to read and teach their children. In addition, trainers teach them about health, hygiene, and child-rearing.

Partnership — Move Beyond

—Pray that a house church movement will be started and continue to grow among Urdu-speakers in the Islamabad slums.

—Pray for the safety and well-being of the Kashmiri, who endure harsh living conditions and threats of violence in this contentious region.

—Pray that God would use Global Initiative’s partnership to spread the gospel among Muslims in Pakistan.

Entrepreneurs: To educate and share the gospel with one illiterate woman for six months costs only $40.

Readers, Writers, and Speakers: Fifteen people will be trained to teach the shanty-dwellers. The trainers will then work with fifteen students, conducting the six-month classes for two hours each day, six days a week.

Problem Solvers: The government has declared that these shanty-towns are “illegal” and wants to shut them down completely. Pray for the women and children who are struggling to survive.