Ancient story speaks to the hearts of children today in Pakistan
Raheela is just nine years old but already knows what it is to have family responsibilities.
Her father is a drug addict and doesn’t work. Her mother works for two other families, washing clothes, scrubbing pots and sweeping the floor.
When her mother is working, the little girl must look after her younger brother and sister at home.
At a recent children’s event in her village, Raheela was presented with a book, Miriam: the Big Sister’s Secret. The full-colour story in her native Urdu tells her how Miriam watched over her baby brother Moses.
Its relevance isn’t lost on Raheela. “I didn’t want to take care of my brother all the time,” she admits. “I wanted to play with my friends.
“Miriam’s story changed my mind. She loved Moses and I love my brother too. Now I am glad to look after him. I thank God for this book. I read it again and again.”
With your support, Blythswood enables its partner organisation in Pakistan to print children’s books in Urdu, putting Bible stories into the hands of the nation’s persecuted Christian minority.
Photo above: “I read it again and again” – Raheela knows that Miriam’s story is for her.