The teachings are very well received on our final day in Karachi, and the conference ends strong with pastors interceding for Pakistan. It is always joy to see the thrill on each face as pastors receive their own copy of The Shepherd’s Staff!
I am still fighting sickness, but we press on. We board our flight back to Lahore, and arrive at our hotel at 11:30 pm. We must be ready at 6:00 am to drive 3 hours to Sahiwal and begin our next conference upon arrival. Thank you, Lord, for Your sufficient grace.
Day 1 in Sahiwal. It’s a smaller community and the pastors are a bit more reserved. But we enjoy a good first day of ministry with them.
It is evening, and we are at a community outreach meeting in a large tent set up on a school yard. There is a heavy police presence, and a senior police official lets us know that “though we are very happy to have you here, we will be very happy when you leave.” Large Christian gatherings cause tension and stress in Pakistan. But we enjoy sharing God’s love with the people who came, and praise the Lord for a great response!
We awake to the news that Pakistani negotiations with the Taliban are not going well. The Taliban kidnapped and beheaded 24 frontier police (laying their bodies in the streets) and murdered an army major. The government responded by bombing several Taliban hideouts, killing 35 terrorists and a senior Taliban leader. Warnings about terrorist outbreaks are issued for 20 provinces, including the one we are in. Our evening community meeting is cancelled.
Day 2 of the conference goes very well. Vic’s sessions on God’s call and knowing His will speaks to the pastors in a practical and inspiring way. I teach on anointing and during the time to receive, the Lord gives me a picture of a dry, cracked desert ground suddenly covered with rushing water that quickly soaks in. So we ask for more and another wave of the Holy Spirit washes over the pastors. All are touched and filled, to the praise of Jesus!
Later, we meet with an influential Muslim cleric (Wahabbi) who heads up a large interfaith association and numerous mosques, orphanages, hospitals and schools in the area. I think of the apostle Paul and pray silently for this man’s radical salvation through Jesus!
Though tired, we are determined to press for a great last day in Sahiwal! Vic brings a strong and encouraging word. I am feeling much better and really enjoy my final session with the pastors. The ministry time was powerful. The people of Sahiwal are very precious, maybe less sophisticated but love God and are very loving.
Terrorist warnings and potential unrest lead our hosts to cancel the evening community meeting. So it’s back in the vans for the return drive to Lahore.
The next day we board the flight for home and, praise Jesus, we have an uneventful albeit long trip back to the States.