Our teams have been visiting villages for a long time now and cannot help noticing the many needs. Some of them are easier to meet than others. Health issues predominate, and our teams are often asked to pray for someone who is sick. Because the villages are remote and people have few resources, getting to a doctor is impossible except, perhaps, in the most severe of cases.
God has been gracious in bringing partners to our work in Pakistan to provide in tangible ways for the people we serve. We are so pleased to announce that Lifetime Christian Development Services, an organization Rustam has been familiar with for many years, is now utilizing our church building in Khairpur to provide free medical services to the people in surrounding villages. The pictures here show the very first clinic.
Imagine what it would be like not to have access to aspirin or antibiotics or simple first aid. That is the way of life for many. We are now so pleased to offer free medical services twice each m...
Mehboob asks us to continue praying for people in areas of Pakistan that have been experiencing heavier than usual rains which have caused severe flooding in some areas. It seems that the waters are subsiding and the prayer now is for the rains to end and clean up to continue. Here's a brief video that gives us an idea of the difficulties of getting around - especially on foot or motorcycle!
We received this message from Mehboob today about flooding in the Sialkot area of Pakistan:
"We are facing flood due to heavy rain in last days. Due to flood we have many issues here about our basic needs and during our ministry in outreach and village areas also. So please remember us in your prayers."
Similar flooding is being experienced in the Hindu villages around Hyderabad where Shakeel and Rustam minister. Pray for our team in Pakistan: For their own safety, for wisdom in meeting needs that arise with this situation, and opportunities to share Jesus in new and powerful ways.
NOTE: Both videos are from Sialkot in the Punjab region of Pakistan
Shakeel has been preaching and teaching in Hindu villages for some time now and sees interest and growth, but it's a slow process sometimes. He was thrilled this past month to have one Hindu man say to him, "I am beginning to understand what you people are preaching, to whom you are praying, and what you believe." His baby-step understanding and his desire to come back to hear more is a great encouragement to Shakeel and Rustam as they faithfully make the rounds to nearly a dozen villges outside of Hyderabad.
Others come to ask for healing for themselves or a loved one, often a child. Shakeel says he feels he is blessed when people come to him asking for prayers. Their faith is growing as they hear the Word of God week after week.
One problem remains, though, and that is that in these villages, steeped in Hinduism, there is still a great deal of idol worship. Shakeel felt convicted about that problem, so addressed it clearly by teaching about the idol worship Israel engaged in with the g...
"Greetings in Jesus name to the whole family of Reach the Nations. We are really thankful to God for the ministry work of RTN." So begins the note that we received yesterday from Mehboob, who leads an RTN team in Punjab, reaching into remote villages where there are Christians, many of whom are eager to feed their minds, hearts, and souls with truths from Scripture. They believe in Christ, but have no access to churches or biblical teaching. So, it is vitally important that Mehboob, Adnon, and Irfan engage faithfully with the people who eagerly anticipate their arrival each week.
In total the team travels to nine villages in and around the Sialkot area of Punjab and each village gets at least one weekly visit for worship, teaching, prayer, and fellowship. Mehboob includes a team fellowship on Monday, as well. for the encouragement of those who are, by God's grace, giving of their time and abilities in this work.
Mehboob goes on to say that July began with very hot temperatures...