Summertime for the team means a time of training, preparation and practice. Again, this year, the team hosted an outreach bringing participants together to share the Gospel in 12 cities throughout Pakistan in tribal areas, the country, and the most remote and desert regions.
As one team made plans to visit a local hospital, the team leader sensed God encouraging them to speak boldly about Christ. Upon arrival, they visited a children’s ward and went from bed to bed, asking patients if they wanted prayer in Jesus’ name. Though hesitant, one mother allowed them to pray for her sick child. While they prayed, people gathered around with their sick children. Before long, many were asking for prayer and healing for their children. Team members took courage at this response and prayed for 20 patients, in the end also visiting four other wards.
Team member, Sumera*, expressed, “I was very afraid in the morning, when told that we would be boldly praying in the name of Jesus among Muslims as that could create a dangerous situation for us. But, as we prayed for the first patient and patients kept coming to us, I didn’t feel any pressure and was rejoicing over God’s provision.” When it was time to leave, the team connected these patients with a local pastor for further follow-up.
Another team visited a community in the desert. Last year, the people there had received food packs provided by our team in response to a famine. The villagers, most of which are Hindu, were excited to receive the team. Kyval*, one of the villagers, expressed, “Since you gave us food packs and prayed for our situation, we have seen growth in our provisions. For the past 12 months, we could feed ourselves and our cattle. For decades, we were struggling to come to this point and that never happened until you prayed. Please keep coming and praying for us.” The team also arranged a JESUS film showing and had 200 villagers attend. Many of them are curious to know more about Jesus and local team plan to visit this community regularly to build relationships and teach from the Bible.
A third team visited the shrine of a famous religious “saint.” There, the team saw couples and individuals approaching the grave of the saint weeping and begging for their needs to be fulfilled. The team members talked with different visitors and were able to explain that God could hear their prayers from every place and that there is only one intercessor for the world, Isa Al-Masih (Jesus Christ). Shameem*, a visitor to the shrine, told a team member, “I have travelled three hours to come to this place and no one in my village told me that Allah could hear my prayers from anywhere. Thanks for sharing about Isa, I will now be praying in Isa’s name.” She also took a New Testament which the team members offered to her and promised to read it.
A further team went to drug rehabilitation centre, where Naeem* shared his personal testimony with 20 former drug users. Naeem used to be a drug supplier and came to know Jesus through the work of an evangelist in his area. He mentioned, “I was supplying drugs and making lots of money from it and become very greedy, but God helped me see through a brother that I was destroying lives in the pursuit of money. I quit this activity, accepted Christ as my Saviour and found God to be a wonderful provider. He is fulfilling all my needs and I am now sharing about Christ to others.”
Four men approached Naeem afterwards to express their gratitude for the way his testimony encouraged them. Jameel*, a former drug user, told him, “I have never seen someone making such a sacrifice for others.” Naeem, instantly replied, “Isa gave His live for others’ sake and I am following Him.” Jameel said, “I want to learn why Isa gave His life.” Naeem explained to Jameel about Christ’s love for the world and connected him with local team members who will continue in conversation with him.