This was Jorge Lara’s first time traveling on a World MAP team, and he also saw clearly the work God was doing. “Good, sound, practical teaching came from both Dr. Frank and Dr. Vic, and the pastors loved it. The thread woven throughout was unity. In all four cities, I felt the primary message that pastors’ received was that they are Kingdom pastors: not local pastors, not Pakistani pastors, but Kingdom pastors. The message that we serve One King in One Kingdom really hit home.
“I didn’t need to speak the language to know when something shifted in the atmosphere” recalls Jorge. “When the Kingdom message started to come together for everyone listening, you could feel the walls come down.”
A Clearer Perspective
We found the general Muslim population to be friendly and helpful. They are just like people everywhere else: they want to live a decent life, have a family and enjoy life and relationships. Unfortunately, radical Muslim elements make life miserable for everyone.
The majority of Pakistanis do not approve of the Taliban and their actions, nor do they want Sharia (strict Muslim) law enacted. But they are terribly afraid to oppose either for fear of reprisal. One senses low-grade fear everywhere you go.
The government, military and police are constantly uptight and on guard as they must deal not only with radical Islamists, but also equally violent and vile criminal elements. Pakistan is a lawless society in many ways.
Everywhere we go, in every city, one hears the clerics calling the Muslims to prayer five times a day over loud speakers. “I think it was the most pronounced in Lahore,” recalls Jorge. “Maybe it was the acoustics of the neighborhood, but that call gave me an uneasy feeling. Not like fear, but sort of sad, depressed and definitely oppressive. It sounded like a cry for help.”
The country of Pakistan desperately needs Jesus!
The Time Is Now
The Lord is doing a significant work in Pakistan and is about to do more. I believe He wants to “break out” into the nation and sweep many into His Kingdom, but the church and its leaders must be made ready and united to move with Him.
I thank God for this opportunity to minister in Pakistan. The World MAP seminars were extremely fruitful, productive and timely. The pastors desire our return, and we hope to continue to “work while it is yet day” in Pakistan, fanning the flames of this kairos season for as long as the doors are open.
Thank you for praying and giving to make possible what God is doing!