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August 29, 2020

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.

Here's more from Mehboob's report:

"In these days, we are givi...

August 29, 2020

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." 

August 29, 2020

Mehboob has been burdened about the food needs in Wania Wala, a village that had not yet been reached with any help during the COVID-19 shutdown of businesses and jobs.

By God's provision, Reach the Nations was able to provide funds to feed 25 families in this new area. These photos show some of the people receiving gifts that will relieve their hunger for a few weeks. 

Mehboob reports, "We reached the people in their homes with gifts of food. They told us that they feel so blessed that people reached out to them with food, which now gives them new hope that God is helping them. They are thankful and happy for this great service for them."

Many thanks to all of you who have been supporting this food ministry in time of crisis in Pakistan.

Please keep praying for the safety of our team and for the defeat of the coronavirus among these people.

August 29, 2020

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 recently. 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.

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. - Jeremiah 33:3

August 29, 2020

As they continually assess the needs of Pakistanis in Punjab villages, Mehboob and his team met these three children who have no parents. They are on their own and, in the time of virus sequestering, had run out of options for finding anything to eat. Mehboob and Adnan told them that their heavenly Father was caring for them by sending food through Reach the Nations.

And you may remember us telling you about the hawkers last month: men who purchase fruit and then go through the market calling out to people to buy an orange or an apple from them. It is subsistence living, but was making enough to buy for food for their families. With the coronavirus on the rise, people in the market shy away from hawkers in fear of contagion, so their income source has vanished. This is the second month RTN has been able to provide food for this hawker. He expressed his gratefulness for this unexpected and much-needed provision.

"Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my...

August 29, 2020

We want to share with you a few pictures of families who received food from Reach the Nations through the ministry of Mehboob, Adnan, and Irfan in impoverished villages in Punjab.

As the deliveries were made, the team became more and more aware of the desperate need of many families who have been without work for more than three months. Some were praying that help would come and were so grateful to see their prayers answered.

The thanks goes to those of you who gave and prayed as these supplies were provided and delivered, always telling those who received that these gifts are theirs because of God's love for them.

Please keep praying for those in need in Pakistan.

August 29, 2020

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, how, 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...

August 25, 2020

There is a woman in Ft. Wayne, Indiana who taught children in Sunday School for many years. She loved the kids and wanted to make the Bible come alive for them, so she began to buy flannelgraph materials so she could help them visualize the stories she taught.

Over the years, she accumulated high-quality flannelgraph figures and backgrounds with which she could depict almost any story in the Bible. The kids loved it. They loved her, too.

But, in came kids television programming, then the internet, and all kinds of dramatizations of Scripture. And this Sunday School teacher was getting older and not teaching so much anymore. The flannelgraph materials, still beautiful after having been used with much care, were sorted and packed away behind plastic covers and in secure boxes. 

Through her family, this dear lady heard about the village ministry Reach the Nations leads in Pakistan. The children in these villages don't have ready access to television, or books, or the internet. She wonde...

August 6, 2020

Rustam and Shakeel held meetings in four villages near Khairpur late in July. They are Kumb, Ranipur, Mirwa, and Korki.

Shakeel taught in these areas from the book of Job, telling of his sufferings and losses and, then, of God's greatness in responding to Job and blessing him in even more wonderful ways than before. 

Rustam is shown below teaching children about Noah's Ark and the Great Flood using flashcards to tell the story. And, of course, there are treats afterwards!

We are thankful for this Reach the Nations team and for their commitment to faithful teaching of God's Word in these Hindu villages. 

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there, but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." - Isaiah 55:10-12

August 5, 2020

Mirpurkhas is a new village in which Shakeel is meeting with people and preaching the Gospel. Pastor Shakir, an associate of Shakeel's from Hyderabad, went with him this time and together they worshiped with the people.

The meeting was held at night and, because the electrical power was out, they met in the dark and it wasn't possible to take pictures.

Shakeel said that during worship a Hindu-background woman came in who was possessed by demons. One of the men, Brother Hotoo, shared the word of God, and then for about half an hour they prayed together for her. In Shakeel's words: "Jesus healed her and released her from the evil spirits."

The men continued their prayers asking God to use this woman’s healing to reach other people in the community with the Gospel message. Please pray with all of us for the people of Mirpurkhas!

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