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The Lord’s fingerprints are all
over my now-completed
mission trip to Pakistan. It
began with a “chance”
meeting between Laura and a
young couple during the
North American Christian
Convention last summer. We
were there to exhibit Laura’s
ministry to ministry wives
and they were there to exhibit Sam’s ministry in
Pakistan (he is Pakistani). We hit it off and
determined to keep in touch.
When Sam Gill learned about my deportation
from India, he contacted me and said, “Why don’t
you consider coming to Pakistan?” It seemed that
the Lord was redirecting me toward an open door.
After prayer & consideration, I moved forward.
Our God made short work of my visa to enter
Pakistan, we began scheduling and planning. A
two-day seminar studying the Holy Spirit was to
be the centerpiece of the trip, plus other
opportunities to encourage believers and hopes of
some covert contacts with Muslims.
Christians are a small minority in Pakistan, about
3% of the population. Islam reigns, with nearly
97% of the people Muslim (as I learned in 72
differing sects). Pakistan is one of the “darkest”
places, spiritually, in the world. Social advantages
are directed toward the Muslim
majority; a Christian is going against the flow to
gain a government job or achieve in any way.
Corruption and thievery is part of life there. Some
Christianity there is more due to culture than to
conversion. On this trip, I would be
starting on the ground floor; with hopes of
developing some positive rapport with the
believers there and encouraging them. Laura
began to recruit prayer partners for this vital
mission – praise God, 62 committed to cover this
trip in prayer.
The Pakistani believers embraced me from day
one: I had the opportunity to stay in the home of
Sadiq Gill, Sam’s father, and to spend time with
much of his extended family. We hit it off
immediately, many of the teens in the family
speak English, and spiritual conversations ensued.
The church members welcomed me with a shower
of rose petals and responded favorably to my
Sunday message. Evening Bible studies, which I
developed from a list of topics suggested by the
Pakistanis, were presented to a living room packed
with people. Soon, they were discussing how they
could keep me there!
Sam Gill had planted the New Hope Christian
Church as a young man, a little over 10 years ago.
He also helped to launch an elementary school.
He then came to the United States to attend Boise
Bible College and has just earned a Masters in
Divinity at Cincinnati Christian University. He
met Brittany at Boise and they are now expecting
their first child. He is a quality Christian servant.
I am confident that he will use his education and
leadership skills well to advance Christ’s kingdom
in Lahore, Pakistan.
The church and ministry had laid quality
groundwork for the proposed seminar about the
Holy Spirit (scheduled for February 28 & March
1). They had printed quality fliers, advertised on a
cable TV community calendar, and arranged for
chairs, refreshments and meals. The seminar was
attended by ministers from many different
denominations, church members and people from
the immediate community. AND, a local
Christian cable station recorded it on video, both
days. In addition, they had Sam and I record a
“commercial” for the next day’s session.
On Saturday, as I was getting dressed for day two,
I heard my voice coming from a television. It was
from Friday’s lesson (# 2). The cable station had
already begun to show the seminar. This channel
has a potential coverage area of 500,000! Some
Muslims have been known to watch that station’s
programming, too. There is even a potential that
the seminar video could be offered to even more
Christian cable stations in Pakistan.
We were attempting to keep a low profile in
Pakistan on this trip. Laura reminded me of that
in a text message, and I responded, “I guess the
Lord just UN-low-profiled me.” Please join us in
prayer that our Lord will use the study on the Holy
Spirit to encourage and strengthen believers,
motivating them to expand Christ’s kingdom.
Pray also that Muslims who watch will become
curious and begin to read the New Testament.
[John 16:7 was the launch point for the seminar.
Topics: Basics about the Holy Spirit; his method
of operation has changed from the Old Testament
to the New Testament; Changing our character;
helping us to defeat our sinful nature; making our
witness effective; and spiritual gifts. Because so
many asked about “tongues,” we spent special
time on that subject]
We traveled on March 2 to visit a village church
(planted by New Hope). As we were preparing to
leave (after dinner), a church leader with us
noticed a spirit shelf in his brother’s home – his
brother is a significant member of the village
church. Sheffy convinced his brother and his
family that the shelf was actually separating them
from Jesus, and that they needed to get rid of it
and honor Jesus only. (Spirit shelves are quite
common throughout the world and are used to
appease evil spirits or ancestors). We destroyed
the shelf’s contents, read Joshua 24 and prayed for
cleansing. Please join us in prayer that the family
will experience the blessing of Jesus and be sold
out to him.
I had the opportunity to preach about unity at a
Pentecostal church on March 3. Jesus’ prayer
for us in John 17:20-23 – our unity enhances our
witness for Christ. Sad to say, Satan reads the
Bible and works hard to prevent our unity.
We visited a Muslim shrine on Tuesday. I could
feel Jesus’ heartbeat as I saw hundreds,
“harassed and helpless, like sheep without a
shepherd.” People seeking spiritual blessing at
the tomb of a dead Muslim leader – they need to
learn of their risen Lord and Savior! I
challenged the Christians of Lahore to use the
Muslim call to prayer as our call to prayer – for
workers for the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38).
I experienced rapport, excitement and gracious
response to my messages from Christians there
(and continual requests to return some day).
The sky is the limit to how our God will choose
to use the video and the believers in Pakistan. I
am praying that many Muslims will find their
way out of darkness because of the faithfulness
of our brothers and sisters there.
This trip was possible because of your
faithfulness. Thank you for being willing to
pray, give and encourage Twelve21 Mission.
We are grateful.
We continue to move forward
with Twelve21 Mission and are
in awe of how God is putting it
all together. Tom's trip to
Pakistan was evident of God
taking the deportation and
We treasure each prayer,
financial gift and
encouraging word. Thank
All gifts to Twelve21 Mission are tax-deductible.
For Jesus’ sake,
Tom & Laura
“In His name the nations will put their hope.”