Yesterday I shared about my friendship with Shakaib Munawar and our working together through Facebook to tell stories from the Bible to the poor village people who live in the Cholistan Desert, on the eastern edge of Pakistan bordering India.
The people have responded amazingly. They listen with great attention, in spite of interruptions like braying donkeys or unwanted lizards coming into the group!
I am also doing more than telling them random stories. I told Shakaib, “Brother, I want to do more than tell them stories about Jesus. I want them to learn The One Story about God’s plan for the world.” I sent him the 6 Cs of God’s Story: Creation—Catastrophe—Covenant—Christ—Church—Consummation.
I sent him a story of creation and a corresponding story about Jesus and patiently tell them that the story of Jesus is really part of a bigger story that we all need to learn.
People are doing more than listening. During the meeting, I give them time to practice telling the story to others. They gather in small groups and share what they are learning with each other. At the end of the time I ask them to share their thoughts and insights. I regularly hear, “I am learning so much, and I am telling others what I am learning,” and “My life has changed and I want to give everything I have to Jesus.”
When the meeting is over, I tell them to go home and share the story with friends and family.
As a result, two villages without a church are asking for the stories. People want Shakaib to come and tell them about Jesus and God’s plan for the world. I just found out the other day, that villages far away have already heard about this and want to hear these stories about Jesus.
I asked Shakaib, “How many villages are in the Cholistan Desert?” He answered, “Thousands upon thousands.”
I asked, “How many have a Christian witness?” He answered, “About 15 or 20.”
I will share more tomorrow about this great need and developing plans.