I give the leaders Ten Principles for Kingdom Ministry. I am prompted to have the pastors turn to the four points of the compass and raise their hands and voices in prayer over the nation of Pakistan. What a powerful time of intercession! Vic and I then pray for, and speak blessing over, the pastors as we conclude.
We share a meal with local bishops and priests from mainline denominations. We learn that the Pakistani government has “nationalized” all Christian owned and operated schools, hospitals, etc, and exerts control by holding the properties hostage. Many Christians live in enclaves (“colonies”) and feel powerless politically and economically. May God refresh them in their spiritual calling and their place in Him!
Jorge is told that many calls were made from pastors in Rawalpindi to pastors in Lahore, telling them how great the seminar was and not to miss it. We are encouraged as we load up and drive five hours in the dark back to Lahore. Vic is fighting a cold, and we are all feeling the drain of travel and the full schedule. Looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
Day 1 of the Lahore seminar. A warm welcome with musicians, bright costumes and flowers. We are honored and humbled.
Speaking again on the Kingdom and unity, and the importance of relationship among pastors, I conclude by declaring that there is only one Church in Pakistan, one God, one Lord, one Savior, one King, and one Kingdom. The place erupts in shouts of praise and amens!
Vic teaches a very practical and personal word to help pastors deal with internal issues that cause them difficulty. Another strong start!
We arrive back at our hotel to find our room filled with smoke. While choking and with eyes burning, we request another room and move to another part of the hotel.
Another full day of teaching from the team is well received by the pastors. I end the day by teaching on anointing, and the level of hunger is great. There is strong evidence of the Holy Spirit ministering to the pastors as they wait and receive, with physical healings, visions, a new sense of freedom and joy, breakthroughs, faith for miracles and answered prayers. Most of those present signal that they have been newly or freshly filled. A great time in Jesus!
Off to a challenging start, with rain causing already torn up streets to become muddy lakes; snarled traffic makes everyone late. But we finally get started, and the sessions are strong. It’s a great conclusion to this second conference. The pastors seem blessed and there is much positive feedback.
We dash to the airport to catch our flight to Karachi for the next conference. Traffic inches along the muddy roads while cars, vans and three-wheeled taxis make their own lanes, horns blaring. Pastor Haroon is stuck somewhere behind us. I pray and ask God to hold our flight. We arrive at the airport and the flight is delayed – hallelujah! We all make it on board.