The mission in Pakistan grows like a beautiful rose in the desert. Pakistan is 97% Muslim and only 1% Christian. The WELS mission in Pakistan has now grown into a full sister synod with 32 house churches, 25 Sunday schools, 14 non-formal schools, and one all-day Christian school and high school with 400 students. More than 120,000 Christian books have been distributed, and more than 44,000 people have been enrolled in the Bible Correspondence and Teaching School. WELS Multi-Language Productions has assisted in translating The Promise, a simple brochure that explains law and gospel in an easy-to-learn way, into the three languages spoken in Pakistan. Learn more about WELS mission history in Pakistan.
The Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church of Pakistan (CELC) continues to experience inward and outward growth. An online Bible Institute meets three days every month and averages about 125 adults in attendance. Three times a year WELS holds workshops for the teachers in our 25 Sunday Schools. Each of the 14 WELS non-formal schools reach about 20 children with the gospel while also providing them with an education. A WELS website in English and Urdu, the main language in Pakistan, offers a great array of Christian literature along with videos of Bible stories. WELS Christian Aid and Relief continues to provide humanitarian aid through free medical clinics, earthquake and flood relief, charity for the poor, and sewing classes.
- Pakistan is the fifth most populous nation in the world, behind China, India, the United States, and Indonesia.
- WELS has distributed more than 500,000 pieces of Christian literature in Pakistan.
- Members of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church of Pakistan used the COVID-19 pandemic to share face masks, hand sanitizer, and food with their Muslim neighbors.