A visitation to minister the Word in
Karachi, last year,
has proven to be fruitful. A good number of Bible believers have been
revived. They are thirsting for more of the Word of God concerning His
plan and purpose in their life. For that reason, just a few months
later, Pastor Shamoon Yaqoob and his brother, Khalid, insisted that I should pay
them another visit to hold a 3-day seminar for those who are interested in the
deeper things of God.
Singapore Airlines has two flights
weekly (on Wednesday and Saturday) to Pakistan. The 3-day seminar was to start
on Thursday. I arrived into Karachi in the evening
and was taken to the same hotel that I had stayed in on my first visit. The
brethren could not find a hotel in a cleaner area of Karachi without me having
to pay some US$150-US$200 for a room per night. This hotel is situated is
an area with plenty of rubbish and stagnant water. A foul smell would
creep into the hotel room
whenever there was a breeze. I was given a room away from the "foul area".
However, during the first night, I was awakened at 4am by the smell when it came
into my room. It was not as foul as I had experienced in my 2008 visit that I had to
endure every night. The reason is, with rain, the
ground is wetter and the rotting action in rubbish heaps are greater thus the
smell is more foul. The month of September does not see much rain compared to
July and August.
seminar was scheduled to start at 10am each day and last till 5pm. However, it
was not so as time seems not to be an important issue with many attendees except
for those thirsting for the truth of God. They were mainly the believers from the assembly of Pastor
Shamoon. The other attendees were from various other churches.
Bible subjects taught during the 3-days
were on ETERNITY and THE
BEGINNING OF TIME, THE NAME OF GOD, THE SEVEN PARABLES OF MATTHEW 13 and THE TEN
One preacher told Bro. Shamoon that he
was beginning to see the Bible in a new light and must begin to learn It again as a beginner.
Lunch was served at 2pm. and tea at
4pm. Mutton Briyani and Chicken Briyani are
Pakistan's common and favourite dishes and they were served all 3 days.
The meetings for these days were
held in Pastor Shamoon's church. Except for Sunday, the meetings for the
last two days were in the night, from 8pm to 11pm. The congregation was
dismissed before midnight.
Subjects taught were THE TEN VIRGINS, THE GATES OF HELL, and GOD'S FOUR
INDICTMENTS that deal with whom are the true believers, Satan's activities
against the Church and the rebellious disobedient children of God.
As usual, most of my time was spent
in the hotel room resting and studying when I was not preaching. Some
brothers and sisters provided me with home-cooked meals rather than having
me eat hotel food. They came also with questions on their minds. We had a
little fellowship to have their questions answered from the Word. I am also
thankful towards them for giving me massages to ease tension to my stiff
neck and shoulders.
I flew home in the night with the
brethren requesting and looking forward to another convention as soon as
possible as we bade farewell.