Many families in the Sindh villages where Reach the Nations ministers are picking cotton in this season and, therefore, are temporarily living away from home.
Shakeel and Rustam, like good shepherds, ventured out to find and encourage their flock. There were so many places to go, they found it necessary to stay the night and continue into the next day. Below you will see the two of them enjoying breakfast after sleeping in their open-air accommodations.
And here are some of the places they visited:
Rustam had ministered earlier in Sehri, praying for a sick woman who was healed through God's help. This time they ministered together with biblical teaching and prayers.
A night meeting was held in Mirwa as people thanked God for the blessings of the cotton harvest.
Shakeel reports that there was a fire in Misri Shah recently and several families lost their possessions and their homes were damaged. The men gave words of encouragement from Job and Psalms.
In the past few weeks, Rustam and Shakeel visited Korki and Kumb. Here are a few photos showing their ministry there:
In Korki, Shakeel taught about the paralyzed man who was let down through the roof by his friends so he could see Jesus (Mark 2). He talked about the objection of the religious leaders that Jesus said the man's sins were forgiven. Shakeel concluded his teaching saying, "Jesus says that he has the authority to forgive sins and then proves it by healing the paralyzed man."
In Kumb the teaching was about the miracle of the loaves and fishes as told in Matthew 14. Here's part of Shakeel's message, "When we bring something to Him, the result is that we also get something more from God. We should present what we have and see the blessings of God in return."
Shakeel also went to Gularchi, a village he had not visited before. He ministered in this area with Pastor Shakir who is from Hyderabad.
In Gularchi, Pastor Shakir taught about the power of pra...
Throughout the month of September, the Reach the Nations team in Punjab visited seven different villages where there are Christian populations interested in meeting together to pray, worship, and learn.
Mehboob, Irfan, and Adnan preached and taught on these topics:
Not being ashamed of the gospel
The anointing of Jesus by Mary of Bethany
Angels and protection
Christ's obedience and exaltation
Our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit
Each village offers a different place to meet: sometimes in a home, sometimes in a space specifically set aside for church meetings, sometimes in a church. The pictures tell the story.
The team reports that COVID-19 cases are again on the rise in these communities. Pray for the protection of our team and their families and for the villagers during these times of risk.
"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."...
Shakeel and Rustam visited a new area, Pacca Chang, near Khairpur last month. They went because a woman there had been possessed by evil spirits for nearly fifteen years, and someone from the village who had heard about the ministry of Reach the Nations, contacted Rustam and asked if they could help.
The woman was from a tribal area known as the Ogniya Community. Her husband reported that they had gone to many doctors and even to magicians hoping for healing, but no one had been able to help.
Shakeel arrived in the village and met the possessed woman, and this is how he describes what happened, "We spent time in prayers and God listened and healed that woman and the family rejoiced." A simple story of God's power and grace.
He goes on to say, "We believe this miracle will bring more to come to Christ on in this new area and in other new communities. We thank God for this."
The woman and her husband, pictured above, were so grateful for her release from the evil spirits' cont...