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Christian brick kiln slaves could give western Christians a lesson in persistence

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Leighton Medley our BPCA Outreach Minister has returned to Pakistan to reach new communities with the true Gospel of Christ and to continue discipling those who have already been reached through our previous campaigns. Leighton's remit for this work is quite simple, he is to bolster the faith of Christians who have little access to regular church services, setting up bible study leaders who will one day become ministers of the Gospel in rural communities. He is to bring revival and better understanding to Christian churches in Pakistan many of which have adopted a very legalistic theology and have forgotten the need for repentance, faith in Christ and the need to place our trust in Him. Leighton has also been reaching out to Muslims and we hope that soon his work will provide a dividend by bringing others to the family of God.

He has been having great success with many believers expressing revival, churchgoers committing their lives to Christ, and Muslims taking an interest in the Gospel though yet to commit to Christ. We hope with further donations to make Leighton's role a permanent one in two years time. For this we will need the help and support of those who was to see Christ's gospel flourishing in Pakistan and seek you help to finance this important ministry. One of our costs is the purchase of bibles at £4 each. If you would like to help please donate by clicking (here).

Below is one of Leighton's recent accounts of a trip to Ramdiwala, Faisalabad:

On the 5th October for our first visit on a new missionary trip, we visited a small brick kiln colony, near Faisalabad at Chuk number 3, the village of Ramdiwala. These people are the poorest of the poor, with barely enough money to buy suitable clothes for their children. They live in stone huts of a sort barely 5 feet in height and they are much darker in complexion due to the fact, they spend most of their lives in the outdoors, often breaking their backs in the suffocating heat. We can see all around us the red bricks they have made, often just to get a pittance to barely survive and feed their families.

The meeting is a good one, and we are serenaded by the children led by an 11 year old boy, who sang with great heart and joy, which would put most of us Western people to shame. The gathering is between 40-50 people, mostly families with lots of children and they are in remarkably good spirits. I preach from Luke 18:1-8, on the parable of the persistent widow, titling the sermon, persistence pays off.

These people know about persistence, it is not just about letting go and letting God, there is an effort we must put in as well. We must be persistent in prayer, even when things are tough, we must never give in. That is the call of the Christian life, that no matter what we keep trusting in Jesus until the end. They understood the message well and really engaged with the teaching, particularly as I gave them examples of Asia Bibi and Youngsonabad, where a Muslim attack was prevented due to a day of prayer and fasting. The translation from Brother Shahan was effective and we interacted really well. However, due to this community being mostly illiterate, they have virtually no bibles, which is an area we need to look at. We should remember these people in our prayers, as they are largely forgotten by the rest of the world. It is easy to forget those whom we do not see every day, on our TV screens, and pretend they don’t exist, but they do and we do well to remember them, as often they will die for the faith.

My prayer is that we can get some literacy training here, so we can educate these people on how to read the bible, thus ensuring their continued growth. Theirs is a simple faith, only wanting the simple things and that is often the best faith. Perhaps we too, could learn more from these people about real faith, which is often the difference between life and death. Once again, many thanks for those donors who gave so generously to make this trip happen, I salute you and pray for you always. May God bless you and keep you.
Brother Leighton






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