Christmas Greetings from PAK7!

December 18, 2017 at 11:16 pm

Adoration of the Magi

Dear friends and partners of PAK7,

Christmas greetings to you in the name of our wonderful Savior and Lord Jesus Christ!

2017 has been a watershed year for PAK7 as we have seen God move strongly toward bringing the vision into reality:

  • PAK7 produced its first pilot program featuring Naina Mall
  • The Working Group appointed Andrew Hart to become the founding CEO of PAK7 International
  • Ron Ensminger established the PAK7 USA office in Easton Maryland

When we first approached the PAK7 initiative to replicate the coalition-based media ministry for Pakistan, we realized unless God made it happen, it couldn’t happen. It was humanly impossible for us. We simply lacked the background, knowledge, leaders and resources. We had only our inability and faith in our most faithful Lord. We did not consider our limitations as insurmountable obstacles because we know that God perfects his power in weakness and that he promises to answer every prayer in accordance with his will.

That’s why we began on our knees. I want to thank each of you who prayed with us because God is faithfully answering our prayers. I also want to thank each of you who has served, supported and encouraged. Your work in the Lord has not been in vain.

A turning point came last summer when a Pakistani pastor and I visited another Pakistani brother in Europe to bring him a professional micro 3/4 camera to allow him to produce content in his one room apartment. During our time with him, we worshipped at his local church, where a visiting Pentecostal pastor came to preach. After the worship time, he called me forward for prayer, and he was moved to give an encouraging word: we would gain momentum, the right leaders would join us and we would be fruitful. He knew nothing about me, but these were the very things we had been asking the Lord for. Ever since that word, I have barely been able to hold on. More people and potential partners are contacting us than we can properly accommodate at the moment. More is happening than I can possibly report at the moment.

Next year also promises major milestones. Our founding CEO is slated to come aboard in the second half of 2018, but he is already graciously assisting us in major ways. We have scheduled charter meetings in Lahore for the week of October 1, 2018 and in London for the week of October 8. We chose Lahore because the PAK7 initiative is for Pakistanis and by Pakistanis with the partnership and  support of the global church. We chose London as well because PAK7 is not only for and by Pakistanis: it is with the partnership and support of the global church. The global church wants to stand with brothers and sisters in the Pakistani church during this exciting stage in which the baton has been passed from foreign workers to the national church to continue the witness and work of the Church for the greater good of Pakistan. We have chosen Central Hall Westminster for the London meeting because we will be able to look across the courtyard to the west door of Westminster Abbey where our own Esther John, a daughter of Pakistan is honored among the Ten Martyrs of the Modern Era. We chose early October to commemorate the start of the great movement pioneered by William Carey, who did great good for the people of the entire Subcontinent. We believe the “John 17” model of media ministry pioneered by SAT-7  is of potentially equal significance, so we want to honor those who went before us and have been found faithful. Mark your calendar to join us at one of these meetings as we celebrate God’s faithfulness and love for the people of Pakistan.

This is the season of light and of miracles. Almighty God has entered the world he created in order to bring her back from darkness. We can only look in wonder and in awe.

To God alone be glory!

Please join us in in making Pakistan a focus of continued prayer for God’s rich blessing in 2018.

Wishing you and yours a very joyful Christmas season,

Gordon Bell
on behalf of the Provisional Board

 

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