Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… We hear a lot of news about Pakistan and terrorism these days. Recent bomb blasts in Shikarpur and Lahore killed dozens of people.
I wanted to give you some good news about Pakistan.
We have several missionaries (on missionary visas) serving in different parts of this wonderful country. Recently our Fellowship International and FAIR Directors visited a small village in Pakistan that, with the help of funds received through FAIR (Fellowship Aid and International Relief), was able to drill a well. Providing clean drinking water is a great concern for the Pakistani government. According to a government report (2007), bacterial contamination of drinking water has been reported to be one of the most serious problems throughout the country in rural as well as urban areas.
Our humanitarian relief effort has borne fruit. Our Fellowship International Director, Dave Marttunen, reported the following:
“We went to see, first-hand, the follow-up to flood relief in four villages surrounding Shikarpur. Our national volunteer has of his own initiative carried on visits… we witnessed four villages and heard the thanks of those who have had new wells dug and installed (through the help of FAIR funds).”
Our FAIR Director, Dan Shurr, reported:
“The villagers expressed overwhelming gratitude for the work FAIR had done giving them food and providing wells when flooding devastated their villages.”
I’ll let our Thrive magazine Managing Editor, Lynda Schultz, take it from here:
“A hand pump financed through FAIR (Fellowship Aid and International Relief) blessed the receivers as well as the givers.
They are poor villagers who work the fields of local landowners in Pakistan. Unhappily, the ancient feudal system of vassal and lord still exists. Less than a year ago a hand water pump, provided by FAIR, was installed in one such village. Along with the pump, the villagers were given an SD memory card, which contained The Jesus Film, the New Testament in audio drama form, and other songs and movies.
The villagers are illiterate. To be able to watch and listen to the story of Jesus on a mobile phone was fascinating to them. But for one family, the experience went beyond simple enjoyment. They believed what they heard and saw! As a family they decided to leave their old way and to follow Jesus. The head of the family, his wife, son, and daughter-in-law were baptized shortly after.
Now the family members are being trained so that they are able to share their testimonies and tell several Bible stories, including the Gospel story. They are also able to have family worship services using a solar MP3 player that plays the New Testament drama. Two sons are now involved in the hand pump project. They are also sharing Bible stories and preventive health lessons with their neighbours and other villages.”
Pakistanis are coming to Christ, and the Fellowship’s humanitarian relief ministry is a tool to help save lives and alleviate suffering.
Why not take a peek at the FAIR catalogue of ongoing projects and prayerfully consider supporting one of the projects? With your help, these projects can continue to help people around the world in Christ’s name.
Have a blessed week,
Our 2015 Fellowship theme verse is:
“"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (NLT