Pakistani Friends Gladly Receive the Good News

October 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Margaret White Church building

Margaret White Church building

the church

the church

During this recent trip to Pakistan, I had the privilege of preaching at the Margaret White Church in Sahiwal. My main purposes on this trip were to do a preparatory painting for a portrait of Pakistani martyr Esther John and attend the PAK7 consultation, but I was happy to have this privilege as well.

Honestly, I am no preacher, but I was delighted to have the opportunity to share God’s word with these dear people.There were about 100 worshippers present and I gave a simple gospel message  from Matthew 10:8: “Freely you have received, freely give.” At the end I invited people who wanted to receive prayer to receive Christ to come forward on the right, and those who wanted to receive prayer for the fullness of the Holy Spirit to come forward on the left. About half the people came forward, to our delight. Because of the language barrier, I wasn’t sure exactly why people were coming forward, so I asked pastor Noel Gill to kindly follow up individually with everyone. About ten days later he wrote me saying:

We were so blessed with your sermon and every one was so excited. According to your recommendation I visited every one individually,prayed for them and shared the process of salvation with them. 45 accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior. Thank you for your precious time.

This has led me to realize the Lord can use our coalition to do more than media ministry. After all media ministry is only an extension of regular ministry. We can form working groups for such needed ministries as evangelism and discipleship, and use video to extend these ministries. The Lord’s primary method is incarnation, and we can supplement and extend the ministry of the church in Pakistan using media. For example, we can videotape discipleship sessions using DOTA (Discipleship on the Air) and extend our discipleship ministry to those who might not have the benefit of access to a disciple maker locally. The DOTA material has recently been translated into Urdu.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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