In February, a brother from Dallas, Texas, contacted us wanting to give a special offering from the bounty the Lord had given him in 2021. Fortunately, what he had to give was a near match to a project we had just decided to help with, so we all agreed to give his funding to that cause. What a blessing!
I had just returned from Pakistan to see the work of Pastor Shaukat Siddique and was incredibly impressed by his zeal for the Lord. In thirty-seven years in missions, I have met some giants of the faith, to be sure, but seldom have I met a preacher who had accomplished so much. And then, upon realizing that he was doing it all as a part-time minister, we asked him to quit his secular job and oversee his exploding ministry work full-time. In doing so, we not only replaced his salary but also gave him a raise. As a result, he receives about $300 monthly from the Great Commission Fund.
Since February, he has started at least one new church each month and conducted multiple youth conferences and two youth camps – with “youth” defined as older teens and young adults. You have given for both, and it has produced nearly 500 young adults following Christ (in a Muslim country) and over 150 dedicating their lives voluntarily in service to our Lord. (I gave you a brief update on that last Friday.)
We have also built seven wells for seven village churches powered by solar pumps and provided free water to every home in these villages by running PVC to each house. We also gave them community bathrooms, a baptistry, and several cisterns to hold thousands of gallons of water for bathing, drinking, and irrigation. Their lives have been changed by having running water for the first time in their history.
Your giving did all this. Thank you.
One reason Shaukat has such success is that he has duplicated Paul’s methods by producing scores of “Timothys” to help him in ministry. These young men and women were recently saved from Islam or Hinduism and now following Christ. He starts by training them “as newborn babies.” During that training, they get hands-on experience in evangelism, preaching, teaching, and church planting. And while I have given updates and pictures to the gentleman who financed this project, I have said little to the rest of you.
The cause this Texas brother gave to was to construct a Bible Institute and church facility in Lahore. But …
“Houston, we have a problem.”
Shaukat has informed me that the funds estimated for the construction are not enough to complete it due to rising costs, which are common now globally. (Keep in mind that what they call a lot, we call pocket change.) And while this new, three-story building is nearly complete, it lacks a few minor elements that maybe you can help with. For example:
13 windows and 5 doors:
To acquire the property and build a three-story brick and cement building including bathrooms, classrooms for the institute, a church auditorium, offices, and a prophet’s chamber, they originally asked for about $45,000. (Yes, you read it correctly, not $4,500,000 or even $450,000.) This Texan brother gave all they expected to need. But as you know, inflation is worldwide. And whereas our building costs have risen by 10-30% worldwide, theirs have risen by 100-400%.
As a ministry wanting to reach the people of Pakistan, we need to finish this project which will help produce preachers for the next generation and beyond. A few years ago, we gave them desks, tables, computers, curriculum, a PowerPack, and tech equipment, and they have made good use of it all. Several times I have even taught classes for them in person and using Skype and Zoom. Every month Pastor Shaukat is starting at least one new church in Pakistan. He does this with the help of his students, who then “pastor” these churches, teaching the new converts what they learned the previous week in their institute classes. Several of them have already started “branch institutes” to expedite the training of those who want to serve in ministry but live twelve hours away from the main institute.
Never have I seen a group so eager to learn -- and to serve; and so effective in doing so. To put it bluntly, we have hit a spiritual gold mine in Pakistan. The country is ripe for harvest, and thankfully, the laborers are not few. They are legion. Thus, we need to train these laborers and send them out – as many as the Great Commission Fund can afford. I feel it is a blessing and honor to be a part of their success. I know many of you will also. So, please pray and help me quickly raise the additional and unexpected $12,000 needed to complete this project. You can donate below on this page, or mail a check and designate it to "Pakistan Bible Institute".
I plan to revisit Pakistan in January/February and will provide you with a thorough report. Let me know if you want to come along.
Also, remember that we already produced two videos chronicling our visit there. One was me giving a report but the other was a beautiful production that takes you where we went. Follow the links to watch them (Jon Nelms' Debrief and Highlights from Pakistan). You can also see some of the construction update photos and video over on our website updates page.