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“Truly this man was God’s Son!” —Mark 1:39

Thursday, July 31

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As director of assessment and institutional research at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan, a former mission coworker felt a deep sense of God’s calling to work for justice for the repressed Christian community in Pakistan. He and other administrators redesigned the admissions standards at Forman Christian College to make them fairer to minority students (Christians; many from poor families). He statistically combined results from annual exams students take at the end of 11th and 12th grade with those from a new online standardized admissions test in math and English. Because the annual exams in Pakistan are systematically biased against Christian students, Forman Christian College decided to give more weight to the new admissions test for minority students. Doug was delighted by the accuracy of his prediction that eight additional Christian students would gain admission to Forman by implementing this policy.

Forman CC Students




Naqash, Triphena, Shamroon, Adnan, Adeel, Shan, Suraj, and Harrison would not be at Forman Christian College had not the admissions criteria been adjusted. The Forman staff praises God for the difference a college education will make not only in these students’ lives but for current and future generations of their families.

Let us join in prayer for:


Presbyterian Church of Pakistan: Rev. Arif Siraj, moderator, Maj. (R) Javed Rahmatulla, executive secretary, Rev. Ruban Qamar, deputy executive secretary • Church of Pakistan: Rt. Rev. Dr. Alexander John Malik, Bishop of Lahore • Christian Hospital Taxila: Dr. Ashchenaz M. Lall, director • Forman Christian College, Lahore: Dr. James Tebbe, rector • Gujranwala Theological Seminary: Rev. Dr. Arthur James, principal • Memorial Christian Hospital, Sialkot: Dr. David Sohail, director • Presbyterian Education Board: Mrs. Veeda Javaid, executive director • Presbyterian Property Trust: E. Salim Bhatti, executive secretary • United Bible Training Centre, Gujranwala: Mrs. Salma Andrew, principal

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Dina Martinez, PMA
Brad Masters, FDN
Mike Masters, FDN

Let us pray

Heavenly Father, thank you that deserving Christian students are able to get an education at Forman Christian College. Bless them, so that they may be a blessing to their families and communities, and a loving testimony of Jesus Christ to all they meet. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 143; 147:12-20
First Reading Judges 4:4-23
Second Reading Acts 1:15-26
Gospel Reading Matthew 27:55-66
Evening Psalms 81; 116

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