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, Malir, Karachi:
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)
Today we visited the Christian colony of Malir, on the outskirts of Karachi, the biggest city in Pakistan, containing a population of 22 million people and rising. As we drove there, it became apparent, that the further we went, the poorer and more deprived the areas became. We arrived at Malir, for their Sunday morning service at 930 am and were greeted by Pastor Sohail and Alan George, local businessman and layman. It is good to see them again, this is only a small community and unlike other communities, there is no sense of victimhood here, there is real sense of trying to overcome their problems through Christ.
The worship is vibrant and there is a clear sense that the congregation are really happy to see us. The message I have prepared, is from the marriage feast in Matthew 22:1-14, where my emphasis is on the invitation by God to all who are called by faith to sit at the marriage supper of the Lamb. There is no work involved in coming to the marriage, all we have to do is accept and attend. Yet, many, many people give reasons today as to why they can’t, or won’t attend and so come up with excuse after excuse. Why do people decide other things are more important?
We live in a world indifferent to the Gospel, where the idols of money and power reign supreme even in the lives of many Christians. My point to many Pakistani Christians, is to stop cleaving after Western values, they are neither Christian nor would I say even moral. Possessions cannot save us, not will they ever, we must trust in God to provide salvation and not just ourselves. Now is the day salvation and I warn the congregation that no gatecrashers will be allowed. The essence of the message is to make people stop thinking about wealth and think about holiness. The message was well received by some and deeply challenging. My prayer is that not just here, but all around the world, Churches will cease to be businesses and instead, become centres of holiness. I have requested 25 Bibles for this community as there is a substantial lack of resources in this area. This is so that the community can grow in knowledge of the Word, enabling them to become just that, a centre of holiness. Let our prayer be this in all our lives that we would be holy, as He is holy.