Reach the Nations' ministry team is on their way home from serving among God's people in Pakistan. They are Gary Finkbeiner, Founder and Executive Director of RTN; Peter Negron, Pastor of Pure in Heart Ministries in Chicago; and Timothy Peng, Senior Pastor of the Chinese Christian Church in Lansing, Michigan.
In all, they preached in twelve churches, taught in two conferences, and in one day-long seminar. They also taught at Nehemiah Bible School pictured below:
And met with a former parliament member to talk about possible ministry opportunities with the Pakistan Christian Forum:
And engaged in some strategic planning sessions, seeking God's leading for broadening RTN's ministry in Pakistan:
Thank you for your continued prayers for these committed leaders and for the on-the-ground Pakistani team of Manzoor, Rashid, Shakeel, Rustam, Mehboob, Adnan, and Irfan as they daily minister to the personal and spiritual needs of those they serve.
Timothy Peng, Senior Pastor of the Lansing Chinese Christian Church in Lansing, Michigan is part of the Reach the Nations ministry team presently serving in Pakistan. He shared God's Word with a Pakistani congregation this Sunday. His text was Romans 1:16-17, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, 'The righteous shall live by faith'".
Notice that Timothy is not wearing shoes. In Pakistani churches, shoes are left at the door when you enter to worship.
This was the view from the platform as people began to come in for worship. No church pews, just mats, most of which were filled by the time the service began.
Here Pastor Timothy visits with an 83-year old man, who was one of the original founders of this church.
This is the pastor of the church, Robinson Samuel Gill, with his wife and children.
Pastor Peter Negron arrived in Islamabad a week ahead of the rest of the team. He spent his time visiting Christian Colonies in Punjab for review of the work being done by the RTN team there and teaching and preaching as opportunities were presented. One of the villages posed for a picture. Peter is second from the right on the front row.
Photo below is typical scene in the Punjab villages.
The next photo is of Manzoor and Pastor Peter praying with a family in a Christian colony near Sialkot on a previous trip in 2018. Please join in praying for those who are following Christ in a difficult place and pray for our team as they continue their ministry in various places in Pakistan this week.
Our team in Pakistan just finished two days of retreat in Islamabad where they studied God's Word together, shared reports of work in Punjab and in Sindh, and enjoyed a time of team building and fellowship.
Above you see the teaching team (left to right): Pastor Peter Negron from Chicago, Rev. Gary Finkbeiner from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Pastor Timothy Peng from East Lansing, Michigan. All three taught from various passages in Paul's Pastoral Epistles: Timothy and Titus.
Key members of the Pakistani team with Pastor Timothy teaching.
Shakeel presenting the work in Sindh Province - including several regions where evangelism and church planting are taking place and the RTN building in Khairpur where church services are held on weekends and twice-monthly free health clinics during the week.
The Punjab team is shown above. These men faithfully serve in ten Christian Colonies in the area of Sialkot - teaching, preaching, and helping in areas of great need.
The Reach the Nations ministry team is on the ground in Islamabad and ministering to and through churches in the area. Thursday and Friday of this week they will spend time in retreat, teaching and encouraging our Pakistani team: Manzoor, Rashid, Shakeel, Mehboob, Rustam, Adnan, and Irfam. Gary Finkbeiner, President of Reach the Nations (RTN), is pictured above. Below is Pastor Peter Negron, a Chicago-area pastor and member of the RTN board. Pastor Timothy Peng, an East Lansing Michigan pastor and RTN board member is also with the team.
Already Pastor Peter has spent two days with Mehboob in five of the Christian colonies in Punjab and reports the team there is diligent and wise in their ministry, and God is blessing.
Here are some specific things to pray about:
A time of blessing and team building among the Pakistani ministry leaders as they meet together later this week.
Preaching and teaching by Timothy, Peter, and Gary that is empowered by the Holy Spirit as they share with...
Mehboob sharing the Gospel with an older man in one of the Christian colonies near Sialkot.
Mehboob teaching from the Word of God to those who gather to hear in Propenagara.
A message was brought to these families in Bajle Mohallah Village by Mehboob's colleague, Irfan.
The Good News is being shared and disciples are being formed in these remote and sometimes forgotten areas of Pakistan. Pray for Mehboob, Irfan, and Adnan as they faithfully go out bearing the precious seed.