Wazirabad outreach reveals class divide between clergy and congregation

BPCA send Leighton Medley and his wife Pana to Pakistan on a revival and outreach mission in March/April 2017.

Leighton was sent to help reinvigorate the faith of many Pakistani Christians in Wazirabad an area of Pakistan that became infamous in 2015 after a thirsty Christian man, Aftab Gill, was accused of blasphemy after drinking water from a free tap at a local mosque (click here).  

BPCA intend to continue our outreaches and revival meetings in the area to build on this initial foundation work for God’s Kingdom.

By Leighton Medley

On the 8th April we undertook a lengthy journey to Wazirabad, some two and a half hours drive from Lahore, to a small township dominated
largely by the Church of Pakistan. Our service was conducted in the main Anglican Church, right in the centre of town. It was a large turnout, and
present were some of the most senior clergy from the surrounding area, including the Bishop of Sialkot. The occasion therefore, is a big one and most
of the community come resulting in not a seat to be had.

The worship was delightful, we were treated to a beautiful serenade from 3 young girls, one of which whose voice would be enough to grace the Sydney
Opera House or Covent Garden. I must confess to some nerves due to the company, but again I take the opportunity to preach on the parable of the Rich
Fool, as I am only too aware of those who will be listening and should they wish, have the opportunity to try and change the mentality of many among
their diocese. That is the problem, is there really the will to change, in many places there is not and this has led to a dependence culture on foreign
donors, as well as creating a sort of charity industry, where numerous communities compete for overseas donations.

The sermon ably translated by Sister Stella, is well received from what I can see, and speaking to the Bishop afterwards, he informed me of a convention
he was attending, where he was seeking to address some of these issues. We can only hope and pray that something will come of this, as all too often,
many speak of doing such things, only to renege on their promises at a later time. I shall certainly pray for action in this area, but above all, the
will to want change and to trust in the Lord Jesus to make it happen.

We are treated to a meal during the evening at a local restaurant, where we engage in fellowship with the local community. There does seem to me though,
a sort of class system between those who are in the clergy, and those to whom they minister. One wonders if we are returning to Victorian times, my
prayer is to see through this malaise a greater equality emerge, as there seems to be huge disparity here in terms of wealth and privilege. I am in
no doubt now, as to why during my last visit to Joseph Colony, there was so much invective railed at the ineffective clergy failing in their ministry.
Let us pray for an end to complacency, and a call to action to see these sheep fed more responsibly, with greater commitment and awareness. All glory
and honour to God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Brother Leighton

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