On February 10th, ten visitors from the US met in Doha, Qatar to catch our flight together to Lahore and spend a week at Forman Christian College. We came from New England, Atlanta, DC, Alabama, Florida, California, and Indiana. We were pastors, mission directors, Friends of Forman board members and staff, and the president of the Presbyterian Foundation. Only two of us had been to Forman before, eight were seeing it for the first time. Some of their reflections (and pictures) will make it into our Spring newsletter. Here is what I found that was new about Pakistan and Forman on this visit.
1) Visas took days not weeks and in one case just hours! This new government of Imran Khan is trying to encourage tourism. Our fairly rapid visa process might be an indication of how serious they are about this priority.