Part of our mission in Pakistan is to provide some very basic life-giving helps to people who are in constant need. We have sponsored immunizations when measles began taking babies’ lives in small villages. We have provided warm jackets for children when the winter weather moved in to stay. We have paid for a hospital stay for a man hurt in an accident with a donkey cart and have provided medicines for those suffering from malaria, hepatitis, and diabetes. We provided relocation costs for a servant of God who was being harassed by his own family for converting to Christianity.
Poverty is a terrible thing, wherever in the word we find it. As Jewish scholar Joseph Telushkin has said, “Poverty forces a human being to focus on fulfilling physical needs (most obviously eating) and therefore, dehumanizes more than other types of suffering.” We have seen that dehumanizing effect and want very much to address the underlying issues of poverty, among Christians particularly, in Pakistan. One way...
Last month, under the leadership of Shakeel Rahmet, a Christmas outreach was held in two areas of Khairpur. The meetings began with preaching the gospel message focusing on the birth of Jesus Christ, followed by the serving of a meal in each of the two areas. Here is Shakeel’s report:
Goath Bux Ali: This is a place we have visited before, so we decided to celebrate Christmas with the believers and gathered other nearby people to celebrate as well and to share in our food. There were many women, men, and children there with us. We conducted worship and preached about Jesus Christ's birth, sharing the reason Jesus came in this world.
My (wife) Beenish accompanied me on this trip and is shown in this photo seated with the women. They were all very happy. (Note: Beenish and Shakeel were married on December 15).
Kumb: Kumb is where my associate Rustam and his family celebrated Christmas with the people there. They preached the word, worshipped God, and shared a Christmas meal.