We were pleased to receive a report from Shakeel who has returned to Pakistan from his intensive biblical and theological training in Zambia and is again ministering to many people, primarily in Hindu villages surrounding Hyderabad.
He visited four villages in recent weeks including Ketti, Baggodharo, Korki, and Kumb. In Shakeel’s words, “We found people who want to be baptized in water and want to accept Jesus Christ in their lives.” As a result, he is planning to baptize new believers when he visits again later this month.
Spiritual warfare is a real issue in these areas and Shakeel tells this story from his recent visit to Korki: “There was a woman who was possessed by the demon spirit and (she was) not eating and drinking anything (for) one whole week. We thank God and praise Him always, when we reached there and prayed for her and asked her to remove (the) thread from her neck which was given by a fake magician for healing, but she wasn’t. After praying (with) us, she took a glass o...
Thought you would enjoy this photo of Gary Finkbeiner and Shakeel Rehmat taking a break from classes at Livingstone, Zambia a few weeks ago.
Please pray for Shakeel as he is in his final week of the six-month intensive study he has been engaged in through Covenant Leadership Training Institute. He will graduate next week and then return to his bride in Pakistan and reconnect with his evangelical ministry there. We are so grateful to have him on our team!
The Reach the Nations team has returned from Pakistan with an exciting report of God at work in this land. The team for this year’s mission was comprised of Warren Van Kampen, Mike Hayden, and Gary Finkbeiner. During the two-weeks of ministry, these men witnessed 20 new conversions to Christ with as many re-dedications to serving the Lord. And we are pleased to report that the newly converted have already begun to be baptized in water and join in local church life.
Here is a quick summary for your perusal:
The reach into outlying villages, started under the evangelistic efforts of Nazeer Mal, continues to see new converts, 55 of whom (all adults) were baptized in recent weeks. Shakeel Rehmat now leads the ministry in these outreach areas and he reports that 100 families in these villages are worshipping on a regular basis in Sunday services.
While Mike and Gary ministered to leaders and churches in both the north and south of Pakistan, Warren oversaw the...
Three of us from Reach the Nations had the privilege of meeting this week with Bishop Mushtaq Anjum and his wife Kanwel along with several others from Cross Connecting Network of Charleston, South Carolina.
Mushdaq is an energetic brother from Karachi. He pastors a church and trains men to become strong and effective Christian leaders. He is involved discipling, guiding and using future leaders and in planting churches. Concerned about needs in his community, he has also been involved in community welfare projects such as providing clean water.
Mushtaq has been our primary contact in the greater Karachi area and is presently working with us, Jerry Miner of Cross Connecting Network, and Partners WorldWide of Grand Rapids, Michigan to provide training for Christians who are interested in learning how to establish small businesses with the goal of hiring Christians as employees.
Why? Because in Pakistan, Christians comprise only 3% of the population and, therefore, are often discr...