“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!
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!