It is Sunday and we head out to minister in local Karachi churches. I speak on becoming a disciple with destiny in God. There was a strong response and I prayed for many – words, healing and blessing flowed. Pastor Vic enjoys a great service as well. Unfortunately, I am feeling unwell and running a fever.
Karachi, a city of 21 million, is ruled by many criminal elements competing for control and creating violent unrest. The leading group has an ‘overlord’ who rules from another country, but thousands are at his command. A phone call from him and hundreds can be murdered. One can sense the tension and fear in the city. Within the church are challenges of division among pastors, but many desire this to change.
Day 1 of the Karachi seminar. I sense a “divided house”, as if 450 strangers have gathered. We “put in the plow” of God’s Word and get to work. We teach again on the Kingdom and unity. I tell pastors about the source of disunity, the cause, and the cure, declaring again One Kingdom, One God, One Lord and One Savior – we are all on His team! Pastors are responsive and we end with a strong prayer time, dedicating ourselves to work together for God’s Kingdom and glory, and to pray for one another.
I am still feverish and my throat is raw. We are told that Karachi has a lot of sickness, and I feel there are unclean spirits that feed upon and promote the violence. We are confronting strongholds in the spiritual realm and send word home asking for increased prayer.
That evening, Pastor Vic and Jorge head out to share God’s love and Good News with the community at a local crusade. Jorge reports: “We exit the van and are surrounded by ten armed guards who escort us through a large neighborhood. The streets narrow as the roads become dirt. Every corner has armed police while armored trucks drive the perimeter. Cell phones are jammed to prevent bomb detonation.
“Ahead we see a huge crowd of people sitting on hundreds of rugs ‘carpeting’ the streets. We are in Pakistan, in the middle of the street, in the middle of the night, and Pastor Vic is preaching the Word. An alter call is made and many stand to receive Jesus. BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!”
Day 2, and Pastor Vic teaches the first two sessions while I go to the hospital. I pick up meds and head back to the conference. I teach on anointing, and the pastors are hungry to receive. There were healings, visions and a powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. A “spiritual fog” of doubt, confusion and double-mindedness is lifted – fully ¾ raise a hand to confirm they now have clarity of mind. Hallelujah!
We meet with the local World MAP representative and visit the shop where Shepherd’s Staffs are printed. Because of those who give to World MAP, more than 15,000 Shepherd’s Staffs in the Urdu language have been distributed to church leaders throughout Pakistan!