Multiply pastors and multiply storytellers.
In a previous post I mentioned that Shakaib said, “Jonathan, there are thousands upon thousands of villages, but only 15-20 have a Christian witness.”
There is only one way to reach these villages – multiplication of storytellers and multiplication of pastors. In this photo Shakaib meets with two other pastors, Solomon and Munir, and a key brother, Juma, who is growing and learning rapidly.
They spent 5 hours in prayer and study of God’s Word. After their day of devotion to our Lord Jesus, Shakaib told me, “Brother, they want to have a conference. They want to gather 20-25 people in one place for hours of training in God’s Word and to learn how to become better storytellers.” They were full of the joy of the Lord after this day. Finding a facility is a challenge because all the villages are poor. Yet I learned today that they found a place and will start making preparations for a training conference to teach people skills, the Word of God, courage, and faith to become storytellers.
The needs are enormous. In one village, the people asked me to pray for clean water. They dug a well, but the water was too bitter to drink. They have to walk many kilometers to get their drinking water. Often they will come forward and tell me their stories, and I will pray for them. The picture to the right is Shamno and his wife Jamyat. Jamyat was at one time living an evil life. She was influenced by a brother who is a witch doctor. Jamyat developed a dangerous tumor on her neck. She went to many people for healing including her brother, but her tumor remained. She had heard about Jesus and decided to call upon his name and was healed. She and her husband are radiant Christians today and want to tell others the stories they are learning.
We rejoice in God’s mighty power and want to help these people and their pastors grow in their faith.
We have learned that for $10 a day, we can support these bi-vocational pastors. They are farmers, but for $10, we can free them up to travel and minister to area villages. Our first goal is to supply four of them with $10 a day for three days a week. That’s $120 a week to free up four pastors. That’s $6240 for a year!
If you would like to help with this, you can donate securely online with this link. Be sure to designate your gift for Pakistan Pastors.
In my next and final post in this series, I will tell you a sad story. Not everything is glorious and triumphant. There are many trials.