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 been 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, Sangla Hill:
Leighton Medley reported about the BPCA Outreach in the village of Lidher, situated near Sangla Hill about a 2 hour drive from Lahore. The village is a poor farming community who were in the BPCA news quite recently, due to one young girl called Elisha, who was kidnapped and forced to marry a Muslim man and convert to Islam. These are the realities in rural areas, where there is little or no education, meaning bigotry and prejudice remain as a fact of life. Brother Leighton said:
The villagers are so pleased to see us, the welcoming and hospitality we receive is excellent. When I inquire, I find out that I am the first foreigner to visit their village and preach the Gospel. This is a rare honour to be the first and the turnout for the meeting is good, despite the quite early start time of 2:00 pm
The children mostly, and I have never seen so many children present at a meeting before, lead the worship with a few adults. The heat is immense, with the temperature I guess being at nearly 40 centigrade, we need our fans. This is a great little community, and despite the fact they possess hardly any education and don’t attend school, their faith is simple, yet strong.
I preach what I believe, is a good subject on the parable of the sower, what with them being a farming community and all. The key points addressed are that hearing is believing, where most conversions, genuine ones that is, happen when the word is preached. Also, God’s Word does not return to him empty [but bears fruit]. He is the sower, he prepares the ground for salvation, through the effectual work of the Holy Spirit. This means that God is the author of salvation. Many people are swayed by false doctrine, such as the prosperity gospel and are devoured by the fowls of the air. Many see materialism, peace and affluence as their idol, so they don’t need God, therefore are choked by the riches of this world and become unfruitful. Others who through persecution and trial, simply give up, they have no root, “but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)
As I use horticultural terms, they really understand it, but it’s a shame that most are illiterate and cannot read the Bible. There is a massive need here to try and bring some education to these parts, even if it is only reading and writing, so we can at least get some bibles out here. Let us pray for a furtherance of education, that these people may in some way, be able to improve their lot. It is no good with just one Pastor turning up to preach an occasional sermon, these people do need good regular Bible teaching so that they may be fed with the Word. I was saddened when we had to leave, I shall miss these people, they are the salt of the earth, and could quite easily teach us the essence of saving faith. Let us stay humble and remember how lucky we are, to what we have and not be complacent.
Blessings on you all in Jesus name.