We spend the remainder of the day fellowshipping and praying with local pastors and leaders.
With the gas main still broken, our day begins with invigorating showers that seemed colder than yesterday. We pack up, in order to be ready at the conclusion of this seminar to drive the five hours back to Lahore, where the next seminar begins tomorrow morning. A full schedule indeed!
It is our final day with the pastors in Rawalpindi. They are so gracious and openly express how much the conference is blessing them. Pastor Vic brings a solid, straightforward word, providing such a sound, godly model for the pastors.
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!