Here you see Rustam teaching children and using simple graphics to illustrate the point he is making. They listen and he points to the portions of the picture to keep their attention. It works and the children learn.
But, in addition to the traditional ways, there are new ways of teaching, too. This picture shows an open Bible for those who can read the Word of God on their own. But on top of the Bible are memory cards that can be inserted in any smart phone. On those cards the Bible is offered in the Sindhi and Marwari languages of Sindh Province.
The RTN team distributed 50 of these memory cards in December so those who have phones can listen to Scripture and worship songs in their own language wherever they go. This is a great blessing to those who cannot read or do not have access to a printed Bible.
We are thankful for both the old and new ways of teaching the Bible and Rustam and Shakeel are happy to use them both.
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” - Matthew 13:52
We have received a final year-end report from Mehboob as he, Irfan, and Adnan completed Christmas programs and celebrations in all their Punjab ministry areas.
Mehboob reports, "We celebrated Christmas with cake cutting, gifts, and food distributions. But, most importantly, we shared the word of God about the birth of Jesus Christ."
He continues his report with this, "Praise God that the people of these areas enjoyed these programs and give thanks to God and to Reach the Nations."
Mehboob closes with a request: "Please keep Praying for us in Year 2021, we are ready to do more work for the Kingdom of God."
Shakeel and Rustam, ministering to people in Hindu villages of Sindh Province, used the season of Christmas as an opportunity to reach out to many in the villages who do not normally attend the church services.
What will draw people in to hear the Good News? Gifts and food. So celebrations were planned in several villages, the story of Jesus' coming to earth was preached, and generous hospitality was offered.
The first place they went was Kumb where they held gathering attended by people from surrounding villages.
Then they went to Pacca Chang
And on to Korki where they were pleased to see the man who was freed from a demon about four months ago.
Then, in Hyderabad and Kotri, Shakeel celebrated Christmas with Sunday School children, some of whom were orphans brought in by Muslim friends.
Please pray for those who may have heard the Gospel for the first time. May they remember the kindness of God's people and think about the message they heard. We are praying that many will realize the truth of who Jesus is and commit to following him.