Seasonal monsoons have caused severe flooding in Sindh province where Shakeel and Rustam live and work. Overtaxed water/sewer systems have caused tremendous problems in Karachi and Hyderabad. The villages fare no better.
Please pray for the people of Pakistan as our teams serve both physical and spiritual needs of those who are affected.
Pacca Chang was a village in Sindh that Rustam and Shakeel had never visited before. The people who came to hear the message are Hindu for the most part and were curious about what these men would have to say. So, Shakeel began at the beginning with Adam and Eve and their fall into sin. Then he fast-forwarded to Jesus who came to earth to die and rise again to atone for the sin of mankind and to offer eternal life to all who believed in him.
Rustam and Shakeel also preached in Kumb, Korki and Mirwa this past month and ministered to various needs.
The great news is that they are continuing to see people accepting the invitation of Jesus Christ to follow him. In In July they had five baptisms of new believers. In August, there were eight more.
Six men and two women, who have placed their faith in Christ, made that decision public this month by being baptized. Many seeds of truth have been planted in these villages over months of time and the fruit of those seeds is beginning to show.
In recent visits to the villages of Korki and Kumb, as Shakeel preached and taught, he sensed the Spirit of God moving in the hearts of several who heard the word. As he returned to Hyderabad, he asked Rustam, who lives in the area, to make some follow-up visits to these people.
We are praising God that, after further conversations with Rustam, five from these two villages prayed with Rustam, giving their lives to Jesus Christ, committing to following him as Lord. This past weekend, when Shakeel returned to minister in these villages, he and Rustam had the privilege of baptizing these five individuals as a public testimony of their new faith in Christ.
Please pray for these new believers as they are from Hindu backgrounds and public profession of Christian commitment can open them to criticism and/or antagonism from those still following the family faith. We pray they will have confidence in Christ, hunger for the Word of God, and courage if conflict comes.
Since April we have been engaged in emergency food distribution in Pakistan. Jobs are reopening and people are going back to work, so for now, we are concluding this aid. We are providing this summary report for those of you who have been following the story and who have contributed financially or supported the work in prayer. So much depended on you and we thank you, the recipients of food thank you, and our Pakistani teams thank you for your help. The report follows:
Late in March of 2020, the Pakistan government mandated a lockdown/quarantine in most of the country due to COVID-19. This resulted in many jobs being lost, especially for day laborers who were paid at the end of each day they worked. After a few weeks, many people in villages served by the Reach the Nations (RTN) team were desperate for food as they had no resources with which to purchase what was available in local markets. The issue was compounded by the fact that some organizations were distributing food, but only to...
The virus spread has slowed enough in the Province of Sindh that Shakeel and Rustam have been able to hold meetings for preaching, teaching, and ministering to the people there.
Shakeel says, "The world is under lockdown for COVID-19, but The Word of God is still open for preaching and teaching, and God is using his servants for the Kingdom of God." So they go. He also commented that, in addition to the virus, swarms of locusts have destroyed many crops in Pakistan, particiularly affecting the Khairpur area where he and Rustam minister. There is much to pray about as we think of the people of Pakistan.
Rustam and Shakeel visited four areas around Khairpur as well as Mirpurkhas and Shah G Machine in June.
Shakeel comments that worshiping idols is common in the Hindu communities they visit so they are helping them understand, with clear teaching from the Bible, how these idols displease God.
He also is teaching that only God, through Jesus and his death o...
This Pakistani man from Hyderabad was managing his resources well before brain cancer struck. For several months now, he has been off work, receiving treatments, and the medical bills are mounting. Then a few months ago, businesses were shut down because of COVID-19 and his children, who were working as day-laborers, lost their jobs.
Shakeel heard about the problems this family was experiencing and the despair they felt so he included them in a food delivery last week. They still have big problems, but for the next month food isn't one of them. The family will be able to eat while they wait for jobs to open up again for the children.
Shakeel has asked us to pray for this man, for his cancer treatment, and for the financial needs they face. Thanks for joining us in asking God to make a way for them to support themselves.
"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." - Galatians 6:6
The appreciation for the food packages that Reach the Nations has delivered to 163 families in the past month (and more than 100 the month before) is expressed over and over again by those who have accepted a gift they'd never dreamed they would be offered: food to feed their families for a month.
One man served by Manzoor's team, lives in Rawalpindi, a huge city adjoining Islamabad. He works in the local school canteen, but with school closures due to COVID-19, he has been out of work for several weeks. His food supplies ran out and he and his family were able to eat only because a neighbor was willing to lend them some rice. He recognized the gift of food from Reach the Nations as a gift from the hand of God. And, now, he and his wife pray for the ministry of RTN, including the Islamabad team of Manzoor, Rashid, and other volunteers.
Now that schools have opened again, our Rawalpindi friend is able to go back to work. Others, though, have more long-term problems includin...
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. - Psalm 91:1-3
Mehboob reports that the coronavirus is raging in Punjab, but, in spite of the risk, he, Adnan and Irfan have felt it necessary to go to the villages and hold small-group prayer meetings among the people.
Mehboob and his team have witnessed many deaths due to the virus. The people to whom they minister are living in fear and are needing the comfort of God's presence.
Here Mehboob, Irfan, and Adnan taught from Psalm 91, bringing reassurance of God's care for His people even in times of great stress. After the teaching, they prayed together for the end of the coronavirus, for those who are sick, and for the ongoing ministry of Reach the Nations.
The Reach the Nations teams have been delivering food to three areas in Pakistan over the past few months: Sindh, Islamabad, and Punjab. Jobs have opened up again in Sindh and in Islamabad, but because of the severe outbreak of coronavirus in Punjab, many villages there are still under quarantine. So we are continuing to help.
Mehboob, Adnan, and Irfan went out over the past two weeks to deliver food to those who are still in need. These pictures show some of that distribution and the people who are gratefully receiving what is being provided.
Mehboob says, "During the distribution of food, we reached the door steps of some very poor families. But they love God, and they are saying thank you to the brothers and sisters who are caring for them by providing food."