Pakistan Christian Evangelistic Services March 2014a news
“ For I am not ashamed of the Gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation. . .”
Special Issue For Metro Christian Convention, New York.
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.
Saleem's Open Heart Surgery
On his annual missionary journey to the USA, Saleem was
admitted urgently to Christ's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio on
October 21,2013 to undergo emergency coronary artery
bypass surgery. The surgery was conducted on 23rd of
October 2013 by Dr. Geoffrey Answini, who showed
himself to be a loving, caring and compassionate heart
surgeon. During his sickness family and of the friends of
PCES were very supportive, especially Greg Marksberry,
Jim and Karen Hunter, Gerri and Ron Henderson, and
Chris Van Huss.
Saleem is really thankful to all PCES friends who sent
encouraging email messages and "Get Well Soon" cards"
from around the world.
Victim Of The Blasphemy Law
British Prime Minister David Cameron is very much
concerned about " a mentally-ill British man sentenced to
death in Pakistan for blasphemy" (DAWN, Lahore. January
30, 2014). Muhammad Asghar has lived in Britain for 40
years who has been sentenced for writing letters claiming
to be a prophet. The International Federation for Human
Rights strongly condemned "the abuse of the blasphemy
law had affected the society" (DAWN, Lahore, Jan.30,
2014). The United Nations human rights mechanisms
should work to oppose this law and prevent abuse of this
law being used to victimize minority religious
Saleem reports: "Praise the Lord, my daughter Dr.
Samreena's wedding to Peter Massey of North Carolina,
USA took place on December 6, 2013 at First Christ of
Christ, Burlington, Kentucky.
Brother Greg Marksberry performed the marriage.
Despite heavy snow, our guests attended and enhanced the
beauty of the ceremony. We are thankful to all our friends
who shared their loving gifts with Samreena. We are
grateful to Brother Greg and his team who made the
arrangements in the church hall to entertain our guests."
Samreena and Peter Massey
Saleem with friends and the ex-Foreign Minister of Pakistan
cutting a New Year cake
Dr. Saleem Massey
& Mrs. Naylah Saleem
New Year Celebration At Bhagiana Church, Kasur
Praise the Lord, on January 19, 2014, more than 12 villages
gathered at Bhagiana village church to celebrate New Year
by cutting a cake with PCES planted churches.
Khursheed Kasuri, Ex-Foreign Minister of Pakistan,
pastors and guests from Lahore attended the grand
At this celebration children performed a Christmas drama
which was highly appreciated by more than 700 people
who attended, including Muslims and Christians.
Persecution And Religious Minorities
Christians feel insecure through facing discriminatory
laws, prejudice and persecution in Muslim countries all
over the world.
Last year in Pakistan, the Taliban attacked a Peshawer
church and martyred more than a hundred innocent
Christians. The Government promised to provide financial
assistance to the families of the martyred but they did not
keep their promise.
As a result, Christians protested against the Government in
Lahore reported by The Jang Daily, Jan. 20, 2014.
Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General of Britain has said,
"it's the responsibility of the Government of Pakistan to
protect its religious minorities from persecution by the
extremist groups through vigorous action against those
who perpetrate crimes in the name of religion and sects
against Pakistanis" (The News, Lahore. Jan.19, 2014).
Since I met Dr.Saleem Massey at a
Pastor's conference in Lahore in April
2013, I had lovely opportunities to be
with him for two months and see the
great work God is doing in his ministry.
In different church-meetings of
Dr.Saleem's congregation it was my
blessed experience to see so many
believers coming faithfully to listen the
gospel and to respond with open hearts.
We are grateful for the support of Brother Jochen Brand,
who is a missionary to Pakistan. He is arranging speaking
engagements for Brother Saleem in different churches and
groups in Germany and Austria in April and May. While in
Pakistan, Brother Jochen has preached in PCES churches
and very supportive to the work of PCES.
Terrorism and the Taliban
Members of the Taliban are continually attacking military,
police, worship places, schools and hospitals. They have
killed thousands of people and damaged the social,
economic and psychological fiber of the people. In the face
of such huge damage and destruction, the Prime Minister,
Nawaz Sharif gave the militant Taliban "another chance for
(DAWN, Lahore, Jan.30, 2014). The Taliban do not honor
the constitution of Pakistan but, want to impose Islamic
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.
Chain Bonded Laborers in the Brick Kilns
The majority of the brick kiln workers in Pakistan are
Christians who make 1000 bricks a day and earn hardly
US$6. PCES planted churches are evangelizing chain
bonded laborers for the last 22 years in Kasur villages. The
workers have staged protest rallies in different cities for
their rights but to no avail.
Consider the projects described in this newsletter and seek
God's guidance as to what you can do! Our prayers should
lead to action.
Nash-E-Mann Town Church after worship.
The building does not yet have a roof.
A congregation attending a New Year service.
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. Give thanks for God's provision during Saleem's recent trip to the US. Although Saleem suffered a heart attack we
should give thanks that he was so quickly able to receive excellent medical treatment and wonderful loving care
from the hospital staff in Cincinnati.
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 pray that may the Lord will provide funds for the church hall roof and for the parsonage.
At Nash-e-Mann, the congregation worship in the open air.
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: At this village we face Muslim opposition to building a church. Praise the Lord, we have won
three court cases and by His Grace and through your prayers we will win last case. We will build a church and
shall exalt the Cross on it.
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. There is a great need to construct a house for a watchman and his
family on the hospital land in order to make it secure. Please pray for funds.
12. Simon At Cincinnati Christian University, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Praise the Lord my son Simon Fazal
Saleem began his studies at CCU on January 21, 2014. We are thankful to the friends, churches and CCU who
13. We are thankful to the Lord for our PCES board members, churches and friends around the world who support
the Gospel in Pakistan.
Model Town, Lahore 54700
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