Thursday, July 4
It’s paradise.” Not many students would say that about their college, but many of the more than 6,000 students at Forman Christian College talk about it just that way—as an urban paradise. It is not just that the college is green and well tended; it is also that the campus is safe and quiet, free from the student strikes and sectarian violence that mars life at other Pakistani colleges.
Everyone is free to practice their faith at Forman without fear of persecution, which is a source of grace for the school’s 833 Christian students. Women are a vital part of the university, with a goal of 50 percent female enrollment by 2015.
Dr. Peter Armacost, the rector (president) since 2003, retired in June of 2012, and Dr. James Tebbe, son of former missionaries to Pakistan, is the new rector. Dr. Doug and Margy Trimble are also there, where Doug is head of the Assessment Office of the College. Cheryl Burke, an elder at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, is dean of students and has taught in the Education Department since 2004.
Many ask, “Why are you in Pakistan? Isn’t it dangerous?” It can be. However, when you have received much, as the PC(USA) has, isn’t sharing that abundance what we are called to do, especially in places where the things we enjoy are in short supply?
—Rev. Robert A. Johnson Jr., former mission co-worker, and executive director, Friends of Forman Christian College
Let us join in prayer for:
Let us pray
O God, the source of blessing and abundance, help us to see that your call to mission is our opportunity to give as we have received. We lift up the nation of Pakistan to you, that you would bring peace to the nation and provide for all its people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.