The recent Youth seminar in Pakistan was a surprise to us. Besides all else that he does, Pastor Shaukat has, for half a year or more, been meeting with a pastor from a different denomination who had questions about our doctrine. As they met week after week, this brother "converted" to our understanding of scripture concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit and other vital doctrines. So, to re-teach and re-train his young people, he asked Pastor Shaukat to come and speak to them. As you can see in the pictures, the room was crowded. But, what you don't see, is that 30 of these young people gave their hearts to Christ and 20 offered their lives to the Lord's service.
Remember, for them, "young people" is not just teenagers; it is anyone aged 12-30.
Pastor Shaukat will continue to disciple this other pastor and the leaders in his church. In developing countries, pastors often teach what they have heard on the radio or seen on television. Unfortunately, those mediums are usually Pentecostal or Charismatic. They think preachers in America and Europe know the Bible and view our preachers as the "authority" on doctrine. In fact, they think we all embrace those doctrines because they have never heard a preacher say otherwise. Our emphasis is to train them that the Bible is our only authority. Once that simple doctrine is accepted, it is easy to show the way to those who want to walk in it.
Anyway, it was a great conference, and I wanted you to see some of the photos Shaukat sent. Notice most of them are older, and there are as many or more men than ladies. Pakistan is primed to explode with the gospel, and we want to do all we can to light the fuse. Thanks for your help.
PS They have a youth camp in July that he has asked help for. I will send you the details in about a week. I hope you can help.
Shaukat preaching. The poster shows him and the host pastor. That is typically a Pentecostal means of advertising and promoting the man over the message. All denominations have adopted that method as that is all they have ever seen.
A close-up showing the ages of the "young people" and the ever-present drum.
Girls who won awards
"Boys" who won awards.
A Bible was given to every young person that attended. Notice their joy n receiving one and the reverence they show by placing a hand on their heart as they receive the gift.
Part of the crowd
There is no such thing as a miserable Christian in this group. On the contrary, they have the joy of the Lord.
Each day Pastor Shaukat sent photos and videos of the camp, starting with teaching sessions for the 30 workers from his churches. Many of the photos were of them eating (I guess he knew what was important to me) and many of the services. One night at 11:30 PM, I hooked up with them via Zoom and preached (talked) to them from scripture. It was a blessing to see how they received the Word, though the 5-second delay was a little hard to get used to.
Shaukat wrote this morning to tell us that 50 of the campers (from Hindu and Muslim backgrounds) accepted Christ during the four-day camp, and 70 campers committed to join his team as co-laborers. He has selected from among them to attend his youth seminar this Sunday to begin their training.
Michael and Daniel thought it would be good to have Joshua Martyn (our videographer) make this short presentation for you using the photos and clips Shaukat sent us. I know it will be a blessing to you. (BTW, the next season of Ernest Livingstone is in the final stages of post-production, so get ready to re-join him in his missionary adventures.)
In about 5-6 months, he will have his winter camp. So if you want, you can give now in preparation for that or wait for our notice. Enjoy the short video, filmed entirely in Pakistan