The first seminar is held at a large church situated across from the GHQ (national military headquarters) with armed and watchful soldiers all around. Once inside, we are given a warm Pakistani welcome, complete with drums, bagpipes, traditional dance, ribbon cutting, confetti poppers, and floral bouquets.
More than 500 pastors have gathered. Though it has been 23 years since World MAP has held pastors’ seminars in Pakistan, we have distributed ACTS and Shepherd’s Staffs to multiplied thousands in recent years so World MAP’s ministry is readily accepted.
My first session is an overview of what God is doing in the world today, letting pastors know that they are a vital part of something grand and supernatural! I teach on the Kingdom of God, and invite them to be Kingdom-minded pastors. The response is powerful, followed by an awesome ministry and prayer time. God is really moving! We are off to a great start.
We enjoy dinner with key area leaders, and learn of the need for spiritual fathers who are committed to disciple the next generation. Jesus, how they need You to work this in their hearts! We arrive back at the hotel to learn that a terrorist bombing took out a gas main, so no hot water for the next few days. Giving thanks in all things, we remember that a cold shower can do wonders for jet lag!
Day two of the Rawalpindi seminar. The pastors are eager to learn and spiritually hungry. Pastor Vic teaches a great word on confidence in your call and hearing God’s voice. I teach on anointing – what it is and what it is not – and feel prompted to also speak about unity. I have a prophetic sense of a kairos season for Pakistan, and that disunity will greatly hinder what the Spirit of God desires to do. Much nodding of heads and amens.
I conclude and invite pastors to freshly receive from the Holy Spirit. The evident hunger of the pastors releases a quick and powerful work! After a time of receiving, testimonies come of new-found freedom in God, long-awaited answers to prayers and more. I teach briefly on the spiritual implications of the clapping of hands, with a strong response and breakthrough. Hallelujah!
Military intelligence is now very interested in us. Pastor Haroon asks for copies of our passports and I need to write for them a brief description of the nature and purpose of World MAP. We are again glad you are praying for us.
As we exit, we notice a much heavier military presence in the area. “They were sent out by GHQ to make sure nothing happens during our seminar” notes Jorge. “Apparently, they don’t like the negative publicity that comes from terrorist attacks.” We later learn that this city has three main Taliban cells.