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International – Pakistan’s brick kilns

July 2016 | by Susan Steiner

‘Run with it’ may be a term casually used by many, yet one couple have bravely chosen to ‘run with patience the race that is set’ for them (Hebrews 12:1) and to run that race in Pakistan. Rev. J. (initial only, for security) says, ‘It’s not enough to just talk about faith. When you show your love, people will come to Jesus’.

In spite of hazards, J. and his wife R. help in alleviating the suffering of poverty-stricken families. They work in partnership with Christians locally and worldwide, including Siloam Christian Ministries UK.

Recent terrorist attacks have increased the danger, yet J. and R. continue their work among marginalised people, particularly families trapped in the bondage of brick kilns. Their motivation centres on those who are hurting, such as children and young people involved in digging and turning bricks. Like their impoverished parents, children work long hours.

Richard Norton, Director of Siloam UK, says that, despite the danger to Christians, ‘We can empower local believers, as they struggle against tremendous adversity. Simple food packs for children and social relief express God’s love to marginalised families’.

J. and R. now work in dire conditions, but seek to teach as well as demonstrate the good news of God’s love through Jesus. Bible teaching, food, medical aid and education all help elevate the destitute. J. and R. will visit the UK to update people individually and at gatherings. Siloam can help arrange meetings with them (tel. 08000-277917).

Susan Steiner

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