Discrimination bars the majority of believers from all but the most poorly paid jobs, and parents often have to choose between feeding their sons and daughters and sending them to school. Many Christians are also crippled by debt owed to their employers, which was often incurred generations previously. These brothers and sisters are effectively indentured labourers, because their employers ensure that their debt is never paid off by keeping their wages very low. Also, there is no paperwork to prove the true amount of debt, and even if there is, few Pakistani Christians would be able to read it. These pressures mean that many parents have no choice but to send their children to work to feed the family (Barnabasaid magazine, September/October edition, p10).By converting to Islam, many Christian parents would undoubtedly improve the educational prospects for their children and hence their own material circumstances in old age. That these illiterate Christians choose to stick with their discipleship would indicate that they have truly had ears to hear the words of Jesus:
All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved (Matthew 10v22 - NIV).So, who is ultimately better educated - them or us?
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