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.
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.