…In 1972, the Pakistani government nationalized all schools and colleges in Punjab. With passage of time, the quality of education imparted in the nationalized schools deteriorated. In 1998, through the efforts of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the PEB received back 10 of its schools. The PEB is an autonomous board supported by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other churches and organizations worldwide. The PEB offers education to boys and girls of all religious backgrounds, regardless of their ability to pay.
Over the years, Second Church has developed a relationship with the Executive Director of the PEB, Veda Gill. In 2011, Second members Barbara Loots, Lee Knapp and Dave Ege traveled to Sargodha, Pakistan to view Second’s mission efforts there firsthand and lend support to the opening of a new boys’ PEB school.
Following in their footsteps, Jimmy McCarty and others from Heartland Presbytery visited Sargodha in November 2015. Altogether, Second’s support has contributed to the boys’ school, classroom additions and furnishings, toilet facilities, scholarships, and new in 2016 – a Christian girls’ boarding house. All of these efforts are helping to provide high-quality education and opportunities to Pakistani children, as well as promoting the welfare and dignity of women in the country.
In March 2016, Veda Gill traveled to Kansas City and delivered a sermon at Second. View Veda’s sermon, “Prayer That Can Rock the Church” below.