You are invited to take a look at this short video showing up-close views of Pakistan life and culture as well as clips of Gary Finkbeiner of Reach the Nations and Mike Hayden of Covenant Leadership Training Institute (CLTI) preaching and teaching to Pakistani men and women eager to know more about God and His Word.
Three young Pakistani men were sent to CLTI's satellite campus in Zambia early in 2017 where they spent six months in intense training in theology, Bible, and church leadership. The result is newly trained leaders who are working in various roles in evangelism, church planting, and teaching. One of them, Anjum, is featured in this video. Another, Shakeel, is leading our work among Hindu villages near Hyderabad.
We appreciate so much our partnership with CLTI as together we train Christian leaders who are beginning to make an impact on the churches in their own country.
Just over a week ago, Shakeel was visiting villages in the Khairpur area to share the gospel and teach the Bible. At a new village, he discovered this tragic situation: Three families were living in this house and the men were off working in the fields when fire broke out The house is not habitable, but, just as life-changing is that the occupants lost everything except the clothes they were wearing.
This picture shows the burned clothing. All cooking pots and utensils were lost as well.
Shakeel reports that the fire was caused by electrical wiring and began at the roof. He says, "This is the only house in this desert area and they are living here and working in the fields as labour."
There were 29 people living in this house: seven men, six women, and 16 children. All of them need help. Shakeel is willing to purchase a change of clothing for each, plus cooking utensils for each of the three family units. He then will deliver these items when he is in the area again, in approximately two...
The church building we are leasing outside Khairpur is complete and this last Sunday, inside worship services were held there.
Our ministry partner, Shakeel , is very grateful and says this, "My heart was giving thanks to God and happy after seeing the building cover with roof and doors and windows. I am thankful to our God that we have now good church building for worship." He went on to say that he encouraged the people there by telling them that this church building belongs to them and to all brothers and sisters in Christ. It is to be used for worship and for sharing the message of the Gospel.
Shekeel is thankful, as well, because when he travels to these villages, he has to have a place to sleep, and this open-air building was his "motel" for several months. He is much more secure from weather and intrusion now that his on-the-road sleeping quarters has roof, doors, and windows1
In addition to Khairpur, Shakeel and his team, including worship musicians and their instruments, vis...