Pakistan christian evangelical services october-december 2013
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- Pakistan Christian Evangelical Services For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation. . . (Romans 1:16) October to December 2013 Greetings to our brothers and sisters around the world who support the Gospel through the ministry of PCES. By the grace of God the message of the Gospel is producing fruit as it is spread by many means into more remote areas and the members of the churches grow in faith. Special Edition for the International Conference on Missions Great Trials for Pakistan A series of great disasters have struck different areas of Pakistan in the last weeks. Your prayers are sought for those who have suffered. Floods in Kasur September 16 In the first week of September torrential monsoon rains brought heavy flooding in seven villages of Kasur near the Ghandha Singh border. PCES evangelistic and church planting work is going on in the Kasur district. On September 16, 2013 PCES, with the co-operation of IDES, conducted medical and eye camps and distributed relief in the Kasur villages affected by flood, in Sahjra and Kamal Pura villages. People from other villagers gathered there for help. In the medical camp, Dr Robin and Dr Farhat treated 509 patients who are were suffering different diseases like diarrhoea, malaria, worm infestation, iron deficiency and urinary tract infections. Dr. Ethsham treated 247 eye patients who were suffering eye diseases like cataracts, bacterial and viral infections and corneal scars. Food packets were distributed among 1235 Christians and Muslim families. The majority of the people were very poor and depressed, but it was wonderful to share the love and compassion of Christ with them. Dr. Saleem Massey & Mrs. Naylah Saleem Dr Farhat discusses a patient's X-ray with Dr Robin (standing) Dr Ethsham examines a flood victim's eyes Brother Saleem assists to distribute food relief to flood victims
- Terrorist Attack on Peshawar Church Sunday September 22 PESHAWAR, Pakistan A suicide attack on a historic church in north-western Pakistan killed at least 78 people on Sunday in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan in years. The attack occurred as worshippers left All Saints Church in the old quarter of the regional capital, Peshawar, after a service on Sunday morning. Up to 600 people had attended and were leaving to receive free food being distributed on the lawn outside when two explosions ripped through the crowd. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who arrived in Peshawar on Sunday evening, said that 78 people had been killed, including 34 women and 7 children. Such an attack on women and children is against humanity, he said. Akhtar Ali Shah, the home secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, said that more than 100 people had been wounded. Mr. Khan said that 37 of those were children. The dead included two Muslim police officers who had been posted outside the church. Witnesses reported scenes of mayhem as rescue workers ferried victims from the church, which was scattered with body parts, shrapnel and bloodied clothing. Shafqat Malik, a senior official of the bomb disposal squad, said in an interview that evidence collected from the church confirmed that two suicide bombers had carried out the attack. Each bomber carried six kilograms of explosives, he said. Details from The New York Times Peshawar is in the north of Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. This event has shocked and terrified all Pakistani and International Christians because of the martyrdom of innocent children, women, men and the cry of helpless, harmless and oppressed Christian community in Pakistan! Saleem's report I travelled from Lahore to Peshawar, about 7 hours journey, and reached the site where the suicide bombs were exploded. As I entered into the church what I saw was shocking and horrible. The walls of the church were covered with blood and flesh. In front of church door there were tiny shoes of innocent children who have gone to be with the Lord but, their shoes give witness to their martyrdom. Afterwards, I went to Lady Reading Hospital to visit the injured men, women and children. It was very sad to see their wounds which I found very shocking. The grace of God is abundant and gave me strength to meet with my brothers and sisters. I prayed with them and shared humble financial gifts for the glory of the Lord! Friends, I would request please keep praying for the Christian community in Pakistan. Let us make a plan to celebrate Christmas with the Christians who suffered this terror attack by sharing gifts with them. I am thankful to all of my Pakistan Christian Evangelical friends and supporters who are praying for the victims of the attack at the Peshawar Church Earthquake Tuesday, September 24 A massive earthquake, centred in Awaran district, one of the poorest in Pakistan's most impoverished province, Baluchistan caused chaos in the area on Tuesday September 24. More than 3 million people are affected Rescuers struggled to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed as the reported death toll rose to 355, with nearly 700 people injured. The quake flattened wide swathes of Awaran. Most of the victims were killed when their houses collapsed. Men, women and kids were sitting in makeshift shelters. Doctors were treating people, but due to a scarcity of medicine and staff, they were mostly seen comforting the residents. The remoteness of the area and the lack of infrastructure have hampered the relief efforts. People who lost limbs in the quake will need to be sent to hospitals in major cities of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, and Karachi along the Arabian Sea. Houses made mostly of mud and handmade bricks have collapsed, walls and roofs caved in and people's possessions are scattered on the ground. Two rockets fired by militants narrowly missed a government helicopter on Thursday surveying the scene, as survivors complained that aid was not reaching far-flung areas. The attack underscored the dangers authorities and aid workers face in helping victims. The people who survived the earthquake are dying now because they have no food or water Two days after the tremor struck, rescuers were still struggling to help survivors. The area's medical infrastructure has struggled to care for the hundreds of injured who were crushed beneath mud brick houses when the quake struck. Details from various news sources. We seek your prayers that God will be glorified among the poor people who have suffered greatly in this catastrophe. Pray that as He sends His people to assist they will be given His wisdom and protection as they work. At Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, a grieving wife cares for her husband injured in the attack. Saleem offers help to a young victim of the attack.
- Ken Marshall writes his impressions of Saleems ministry in Nottingham UK July 2013 I had met Saleem whilst serving at the United Christian Hospital Lahore some five years ago, have visited his home and preached in one of the churches. It was a privilege to welcome him for two weeks in July. Two hours after meeting, he was engaged with a rural Methodist community in their worship and fellowship through the courtesy of their pastor. The following day Saleem taught on The God who comes to us in Christ Jesus from Romans 8, at a Baptist church with Spirit-filled Roman Catholics, Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists and others. Outcomes for Saleem included invitations for teaching on prayer, friendship, dialogue and studying Scripture together. In one church, a single teaching session on Islam, led to a request for a series of seminars on Islam in 2015. That evening, Saleem was welcomed to a home group meeting. The members explored how they could best pray for Saleem, his family and the churches. Sunday 21st July saw Saleem preaching and teaching in 4 different churches, across the denominational spectrum. His message of More than Conquerors was well received. Saleems underlying gifting as a church planter, Christian psychologist, and lecturer was a constant asset. His humility, love, passion and integrity are joined by evidence that he is a good steward of God given resources. He left us all with some big challenges: The financial needs of phase 1 of the Kasur Hospital building project; the running costs for the new sewing machine centres for young women, to get them out of the 1,000 mud bricks a day slavery; 2,000 by Christmas 2013 for a roof for Nash- E-Mann church. May our Living Lord Jesus guide us in all our responses! Impressions of PCES Pakistan David Damron I serve as missions mobiliser for Team Expansion; and that means I help move people and resources toward the places in the world where the Gospel of Christ hasnt been preached or is opposed or resisted. In Lahore I visited churches that Saleem had planted. In each congregation, over a hundred men, women and children gathered, welcomed us with songs and flowers, and then worshipped together. I preached with Saleem translating. The people were so attentive and receptive to The Word. The Lord endeared many people to me, and we shared a lot of experiences. The six pastors had become close friends. Please remember in your prayers, Younas, Emmanuel, Palous, Riaz, Patrus, and Manzar. They are heroes in the Faith! My final days in Lahore were spent visiting congregations and seeing the land where Saleem plans to build a Christian hospital. Bruce Camp Founder/CEO of DualReach www.DualReach.org It was my privilege to address men and women from several churches at a week-long leadership retreat in Pakistan to prepare people for a life of ministry and abiding in Jesus. The audience was attentive and appreciative of my presentation. It was an honour to speak to them. I was impressed with Saleem's concern for