Village Visits at Cotton Time
Shakeel and Rustam visited four Sindh villages in August, but found the attendance was lower because many people had left home to harvest cotton. They will return when the cotton crop has been brought in.
In all of the villages, they preached from the first verses of 1 Thessalonians, a book that Gary Finkbeiner, Timothy Peng, and Peter Negron have been teaching the Pakistani team via a weekly Zoom Bible study.
The men are now creating sermons from this teaching and preaching these sermons in their various ministry areas.
Here is the text they used for these visits: "We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." - 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
Shakeel challenged his listeners with these words, “As we see the real conversion in Thessalonica we wanted to see the change in you now, too. That’s the goal, and that’s the will of God, and we give praise to the Lord and glorify his name for the kingdom of God."
This is the first time Shakeel and Rustam have visited this village. All the people there are Hindu and they had heard about the RTN ministry in their area and invited Rustam and Shakeel to come to introduce ourselves and to let them know the kind of messages they are sharing. Shakeel says, "Please remember this place in your prayers, and for the people those who are living here and wanted to listen the Word of the living God."
We also want you to know that two of Rustam's young adult sons were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident a few weeks ago. They are doing well in their recovery, by the grace of God. Their picture is below (Shakeel is on the right):
Shakeel says that the people will still be harvesting cotton into September, so this month he and Rustam will venture out to the fields where the people are working so they can provide encouragement to them and pray with them.
He also reports that the weather is very hot, so he asks that we pray for the good health of these field workers as they work in the hot sun and live in temporary living quarters.
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." - Colossians 3:17