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, Pandorian, Islamabad:
Today we visited the Christian colony of Pandorian on the outskirts of Islamabad. We had the same hosts, who took us for Waheedabad and as before we were faced with extreme poverty, poor sanitation and drainage where disease will surely reign without proper facilities. The gap here, between the rich and the poor is massive, too big to compare and it’s not until you see it for yourself, that you really understand.
It’s an outdoor venue and we get set for a cool evening under the night sky, with our male worshippers in full voice. Despite this, they are a quiet congregation who are content not to give too much away. I have to hurry them though, the word must be preached and all though they enjoy worship, we must allow time for Scripture.
I preach from 1 Samuel 17 and that famous story of David and Goliath. The key points for focus being, that the personal problem of evil is a reality and must be dealt with. Often, we fail to recognise the Goliaths that lie within us, those secret sins that are habitual and draw us away from God’s presence. We also need to understand that the best model of leadership given to us, is that of a shepherd. David was a shepherd boy, who through his lineage saw the coming of the greatest shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”
We must understand, we have one greater than us to fight our battles for us and that we cannot beat our own Goliaths without Him. He will never leave us or forsake us, sending His spirit to comfort and uphold us. It’s quite late and they are tired, but they understood the message and encouragingly they mostly have Bibles in their families, and we actually had to find people to give them out to, so that was good.
We must pray for effective Bible teaching in this part of the world, because some of the pastors are expressing grave reservations regarding missionary Bible teachers from overseas, who are only confusing the people. I have been asked by people from different ministries about Pakistan, but have been reluctant to divulge too much, because of what I’ve heard on the ground here. Let us pray for wisdom in this matter, that God would send true missionaries, whose heart is to preach the Word of God in all its fullness. Let us pray also for the global church, the persecuted church of God, that those sheep would receive comfort and protection through God’s eternal grace.