Sobia's ministry in Faisalabad, Pakistan update: This young lady has a huge heart for Christ! My goal is to send her and her brother Asim $2000 a month ($1000 each) so they can pursue their dreams of slowly helping the persecuted impoverished Christians they minister to, become self sufficient. Let's discuss Sobia's ministry here. In June, with your donations, she distributed rations to 20 widows (some of whom have children, too). She purchased 5 sewing machines and hired a local Muslim woman to teach the young ladies how to sew so they may earn incomes eventually. Her dream is to buy at least 5 more machines AND train interested ladies about hair and makeup, so they will have yet another option for an income source. ALL of this is done thru donations and prayer. I have not been able to send them $2000 yet for a monthly donation, but I pray this will happen soon, with your help! Here is a list of expenses in Pakistani rupees that Sobia is incurring for the month of June:
Rations, bath soap, and dish soap for 20 women: PKR 36,200
5 sewing machines: PKR 30,000
1 fan for sewing room instruction: PKR 5,000
Sitting mat for sewing room instruction: PKR 1,000
Attendance register for sewing students: PKR 200
Sewing instruction book: PKR 150
Wages for Sumbal, the Muslim sewing teacher: PKR 5000
Sewing classes are Mon-Sat, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Pakistani time. Sumbal is divorced with a 4-yr old son, and Sobia is helping her by hiring her to do this, praise God.
For the month of June for 20 women and starting up sewing classes, Sobia spent about PKR 77,550 or $465. Let that soak in for a minute. Consider how far this $465 is going there!!
She would like to purchase the other 5 sewing machines in July at a cost of PKR 30,000 or $180. Her monthly distribution of rations holds fairly steady at about $217. So for $400, Sobia can buy the remaining 5 sewing machines AND continue her monthly distribution of rations for the 20 widows.
Pray and give today. Thank you and God bless!
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First and foremost, THANK YOU to all who have donated to this beautiful cause!! God bless you!! Christ commands us to care for the widows, the orphans, and the poor, and to love our neighbors, regardless of who they are. Sobia and Asim live in Pakistan where 45% of the population is impoverished. 45% And, Islam is the national religion; Christians make up 1-2% of the population and are discriminated against. Most live in Christian "colonies" which are horrible conditions, and IF these people have jobs, they are usually menial: sanitation (diving into manholes to clean sewage), street sweeping, trash collecting, maids, servants, rickshaw drivers, brick kiln laborers, and so on. Most do not receive decent educations and continue this cycle of poverty.
Good news! With the help of your donations, Sobia has procured four sewing machines with hopes of buying six more. She also found a teacher who is now teaching a group of young women and widows how to sew, so that they may be self sufficient. She is teaching them how to fish!
Sobia also wishes to teach them hairstyling and makeup so they may earn incomes this way, as well.
All of this is due to the blessings of God and your heartfelt support.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Asim and Sobia continue to tirelessly minister to their Christian friends in the Faisalabad area, despite this COVID-19 pandemic. And, Asim's wife just had a baby girl yesterday! Praise God! Please continue your support of these beautiful people who are doing God's work to expand his kingdom by providing: 1) rations for widows; 2) training for widows so they can be self sufficient; 3) latrines for poor families; 4) basic education for poor, brick kiln workers' families in the villages; 5) rations and sanitizer for the poor; and more!
God bless you for your prayers and your gifts.
Hi, All! I just sent via Western Union a monthly donation to Asim Gulzar and Sobia Noreen for April's ministry work in Pakistan. Asim will be providing food, water, and sanitizer for poor Christian brick kiln workers' families in several villages. He just completed the construction of a latrine for a poor widow last week. Sobia continues to distribute rations to 15 poor widows. THANK YOU to those who donated to date! GOD BLESS YOU! Prayers and funds are encouraged and welcomed! Just click below! Amen.
I had a fabulous experience in Pakistan last week! I visited Sobia and Asim for the first time in person - what sweet, Christ-loving, simple people!! They are truly doing God's work by distributing food to 15 widows, by building washrooms for families, by providing school supplies and volunteer teachers for about 200 children, and by providing Sunday school classes and books. The two ministries are very simple! But they are making a small, powerful impact on the lives of local Christian Pakistanis who have almost nothing. The money you send goes directly to them; I verified this. The only fees are the small GiveSendGo fee, and Western Union fee.
I visited 2 villages where the Christian families work at outdoor brick kiln factories, and we distributed backpacks to 50 kids. I also visited a brick kiln facility, where Christians are in bonded servitude to wealthy Muslim landowners. I met Sobia's 15 widows and 35 neighbor kids, and distributed bags of goodies and food to them and prayed. I met the pastor who helps them, too. They welcomed me everywhere I went with pink flowers, songs, dances, music, and hugs. Wonderful people, and they are so grateful for the money sent to them! So very grateful.
Happy New Year 2020! May you be blessed with joy and prosperity this year!
I'm very excited to announce that I will finally be flying to Pakistan in February for the first time to meet Sobia and Asim in person! I'm anxious to shake hands and hug them, and the children, widows, and families they serve there! God willing that the trip goes smoothly, I'll bring back a full assessment and share that with you, too.
God bless you!
Sobia and Asim continue to work tirelessly with poor families in Faisalabad who are primarily Christian, but some Muslim. They desperately need your support to fund food for the widows and orphans, constructions projects such as installing home in-ground toilets, and much more.
Prayer and donations are welcomed, thank you, and God bless!