It Started with Friendship On Facebook. “Good morning, brother! Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus!”
These were the words of Shakaib Munawar that often greeted me. He is a pastor and third generation Christian. His grandfather was led to Christ by a British missionary. Over a period of weeks, we got to know each other better.
I learned that Shakaib was a pastor working in a small village in the Cholistan Desert. One day he asked me to teach his congregation. I proposed another idea. “What if I tell them stories from the Bible?” He agreed, although I would discover later that he was skeptical about their usefulness in training people with good doctrine.
I learned something else. Shakaib ministered in three other villages. I wrote the stories, emailed them to him, and he translated them into his native language. I sat in the comfort of my home and told the story. He listened on a Facebook call in the desert and translated to his people. This is what I saw. It is incredible to think that I was speaking to these people meaningful words about Jesus, and they were listening and eagerly learning about him. But there is more.
How did the people respond?
“These stories are so clear! Thank you for telling us about Jesus. We want to learn more,” and “I want to tell everyone what I have just heard.”
But there is more, and tomorrow I will share what happened next!