Pakistan christian evangelical services october-december 2013
“ For I am not ashamed of the Gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation. . .”
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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 Saleem’s
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
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
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.
July saw Saleem preaching and teaching in 4
different churches, across the denominational spectrum.
His message of ‘More than Conquerors’ was well received.
Saleem’s 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-
May our Living Lord Jesus guide us in all our responses!
Impressions of PCES Pakistan
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 hasn’t 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
My final days in Lahore were spent visiting congregations
and seeing the land where Saleem plans to build a
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 their spiritual lives and
their desire to learn. May God raise
up more people like Dr. Saleem to
help shepherd others in their walk
with Christ. My prayers are with him as he continues this
Thanks again for the opportunity to be with you in Murree.
Missionary in Pakistan and Director
of Operation Mobilization.
In June, I visited a Bible Camp
organised by Saleem Massey in
Murree and had the opportunity to
share a devotion with the participants.
I have been very encouraged by their
zeal and enthusiasm. They were
mostly younger people who were eager
to apply their knowledge to their
churches at home.
It was good to see how Dr. Saleem
invests in the leaders of his churches to equip them for
Since I met Dr. Saleem Massey at a
Pastor's conference in Lahore in April
2013, I have had the opportunity to
see the great work God is doing in his
It was my blessed experience to see so
many believers coming faithfully to
listen to the gospel and to respond
with open hearts.
I had a special privilege to participate
with Dr. Saleem and Pastor Dave from
USA in laying the foundation-stone for
a new church in Nash-e-man town,
Lahore . Praise the Lord!
I preached at the annual family-camp in Murree, Northern
Pakistan . This time of discipleship-training is very
important and encouraging for all participants: pastors,
elders, leaders and the pastor's wives and children.
I saw the land PCES has purchased near Kasur to build a
hospital. Let us trust and pray that Dr. Saleem will be able
to succeed with this big project for God's glory and that all
the funds will be provided to complete this important
James travelled with Saleem to Kasur
to visit churches and see the hospital
It was exciting to see what God is
doing through Brother Saleem. God
has been good.
God has provided the land for a
hospital and bible training centre. May
God give you the land on the other side
of the road so you will be able to
accomplish businesses to provide
incomes and housing for God's people.
I hope to see the construction of these facilities begin in the
near future, as God provides. I enjoyed the welcome we
received from the two churches we visited. The attendance
was fantastic, especially the young people who really
impressed me. It was great to see so many in attendance.
Other news of PCES
Our Sewing machine Centres are very effective and fruitful
in helping to liberate girls who normally have to work in
the brick kiln to learn skills to uplift themselves financially
and free them from the tyranny of their employers.
Praise the Lord with the co-operation of the Church of
Christ Dapto, we are currently running a Sewing Machine
centre at Theeng village where brick kiln girls learn skills to
liberate themselves from Muslim landlords slavery.
Can your church support a sewing centre in another
All of the work of PCES depends on the support of those
God has guided to provide the needs of our brothers and
sisters in Pakistan. In guiding your support, He promises
to provide all your needs, too! God provides so that you
may, in His Name, provide for others.
Consider the projects described in this newsletter and seek
God's guidance as to what you can do! Our prayers should
lead to action.
Saleem and Naylah's youngest son, Simon has passed his
12th grade exam of the Government Lahore Board and will
attend Cincinnati Christian University Bible College USA
where his brother Samson and sister, Sabreena currently
study, in January 2014. We request the PCES supporting
churches to sponsor his studies.
We give thanks to God for the opportunity this enrolment
presents to Simon.
On Friday September 27 militants bombed a bus carrying
at least 70 government employees, killing at least 19 people
and injuring 44 others, media reported. Most of the dead
were government employees, police said, adding that the
death toll would likely rise.
Between 12 and 15kg of explosives was planted in the rear
of the bus and connected to a timed device, KP Bomb
Disposal Squad Chief Shafqat Malik said. "Ball bearings
were also added to the explosives to cause more casualties,"
The powerful blast threw bodies into nearby fields, Rahim
Gul, an eyewitness, said.
Several government employees regularly rode the bus to
and from work, officials said. A similar attack killed 21 in
It was a planned terrorist act and the police are assessing
the situation, Inspector General of KP Police Nasir Durrani
Lady Reading Hospital received at least 26 of the injured
and 11 bodies, hospital spokesman Jamil Shah said. The
rest were taken to the District Headquarters Hospital in
Pakistani political leaders have been promoting the idea of
peace talks with the militants in recent weeks, but the rash
of terror attacks since then is causing some to question the
wisdom of that.
Mian Iftikhar Hussain, former KP information minister,
accused militants of being hypocrites who demand
dialogue while launching devastating attacks on innocent
"The anti-peace elements are active," KP Senior Minister
Sikander Hayat Khan Sherpao said. "They want to sabotage
the efforts to peace launched by the government."
Source: Central Asia Online - By Zahir Shah and Javed Aziz Khan
Please pray for this troubled country, its leaders and its
Simon with Samreena
Ladies of Theeng village attend a sewing class run by PCES
You can help in Pakistan by praying for these needs:
1. Please pray as the people of Pakistan face the consequences of flood, terrorist attack on churches, government
employees and a major earthquake. May God's mercy be clearly shown in the assistance given.
2. Please pray for God’s hand of protection over Saleem and others who are speaking out on behalf of Christians and
other minorities in times when Islamic extremists are expanding their activity against them. Islamic extremists
are expanding their attacks on churches and the Christian community as they did in Joseph colony and Peshawar
3. Please pray for Brother Saleem's trip to Canada and USA as he will be preaching, teaching and presenting the
work of PCES to different Bible colleges, churches and the International Conference on Missions in Kansas city,
4. Please pray for our Christian sister Martha Boota as she faces difficult struggles because of the Blasphemy
accusations, and for wisdom in what PCES can do to help.
5. BHAGIANA VILLAGE: We praise God that the cross now proclaims its message from high atop the church
6. NASH-E-MANN: Please ask the Lord to provide funds for the construction of a church building and parsonage.
Praise the Lord that a foundation stone has been laid. May the Lord provide sufficient funds to complete church
and parsonage project.
7. LADHI CHURCH: We need to construct a boundary wall around the property of the church to save it from fanatic
8. VEER KAY NAU: When we started new evangelistic work there the Muslims made threats. There is a great need
to construct a boundary wall around the church land so the congregation may feel secure to worship. Praise the
Lord! We have won two cases in the court and by his Grace will win the third case in order to build church and
exalt the cross in that village.
9. GHOHAR VILLAGE in Kasur: Evangelistic work is going well in these un-reached villages. The Sewing Machine
Centre is teaching girls skills so they will not have to make bricks as bond servants.
10. HUSSAIN KHAN WALA: Praise the Lord who provided funds to complete building the church and parsonage.
Give thanks for the sewing machine centre which has started in this village.
11. KASUR HOSPITAL We have a vision to build a much-needed hospital in the Kasur area, where we have treated
many patients in free medical camps. Please pray for God’s guidance and provision. Give thanks that the Lord has
provided so that the land has been purchased.
12. We are thankful to our friends and supporting churches who support the studies of Saleem's children. Please pray
as his youngest son Simon is to attend CCU in January 2014. Give thanks that Dr. Samreena passed the second
step examinations in her qualifications to study in the US. She now awaits an offer from an appropriate hospital.
13. We are thankful to the Lord for our PCES board members, churches and friends around the world who support
the Gospel in Pakistan.
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