Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Despite Persecution, Pakistani Christians are “Hungry for God’s Word”

My Pakistani brethren in Christ remind me of the Psalmist who says in verse 20 of Chapter 119:
My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.

I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will give me the same equal amount of longing for His Word and that He will help my Pakistani brethren to keep being brave and keep longing for God's Word so they can be able to set the country (and possibly the World) on fire for Him.

11/10/2012 Pakistan (BosNewsLife)- A leading Pakistani evangelist says he has been able to massively distribute Bibles in impoverished isolated villages where he claims people are hungry for "God's Word" despite mounting "persecution" by Islamic militants.

Haseeb Masih of the Save Pakistan Ministries (SPM) group also told BosNewsLife that at least hundreds of villagers responded to his call to "give their heart to Jesus Christ."

Names of the villages were not immediately released amid security concerns, but SPM is mainly active Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province. Masih said that through his group's 'Free Bibles Distribution Project' he gave 55 Urdu Bibles in recent days "to those who were in great need but could not afford it" after already distributing 350 Bibles some two weeks earlier.

They, "have promised to read the Bible everyday to know more about Jesus Christ and are thankful to God that He provides His Word," Masih said. "It's always a great blessing for me to hand-out the Word of God to those people who are in great need and struggling to get it."

He suggested it was a miracle that many people came to his meetings in this volatile region as Pakistan's Christian community "faces persecution" and Christians are regarded as outcasts by this Asian nation's heavily Islamic society.

Christians, who comprise less than five percent of Pakistan's 190 million population, suffer especially in villages and small towns where "Islamic fundamentalists have their strong roots," according to a SPM statement on the subject.

Unemployed young villagers are among those targeted for Islam's Jihad, or 'holy war', and "brainwashed" with teaching against Christians, SPM investigators said.
"...So they become professional terrorists and play at the hands of the religious and political leaders," they added.

Despite these tensions, villagers still "have a passion to know more about Jesus Christ. The Lord enabled me to reach-out to those people who are hungry and thirsty about the Word of God," evangelist Masih explained.

"I was invited to a prayer meeting in a village where we had worship and prayers together. When I explained how we can come to Jesus Christ everybody [watching] responded and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and gave their heart to Him."

He stressed, "It was amazing to see that people where praying and worshiping loudly. The presence of God was moving around, something incredible."

Masih was on his way Friday, November 9, to another relative unreached area in the country and he added that he had urged supporters to "pray for a safe journey and for those people who are desiring" to receive a Bible(Source).

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