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Pakistan christian evangelical services october-december 2013

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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 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. 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- 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 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 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 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 God-honouring ministry. Thanks again for the opportunity to be with you in Murree. Wolfgang Detsch 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 effective ministry. Jochen Brand 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 ministry. 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 hospital. Bruce Camp Jochen Brand Wolfgang Detsch David Damron Ken Marshall
  4. 4. James Kirby James travelled with Saleem to Kasur to visit churches and see the hospital land. 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 Sewing Centres 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 village? Your support 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. Family News 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. Late News 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," he said. 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 June 2012. It was a planned terrorist act and the police are assessing the situation, Inspector General of KP Police Nasir Durrani said. 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 Charsadda. 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 civilians. "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 people. James Kirby Simon with Samreena Ladies of Theeng village attend a sewing class run by PCES
  5. 5. 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 church. 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, Kansas, USA. 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 building. 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 Muslims. 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. Saleem Massey 420-Q Block Model Town, Lahore 54700 PAKISTAN Newsletter Editor and Australian Contact Tony Roe 8 Carlyle Close Dapto, NSW 2530 (Australia) 02 4261-3766 or In the United States, if you wish to support the work of PCES, please make checks payable to PCES And mail to: PCES c/o Christian Church of Litchfield Attn: Lowell Chandler, Treasurer, P.O. Box 45, Litchfield, IL 62056 USA For Australia, contact Tony Roe for support details.