Our aim has always been to treat everyone regardless of religion or political affiliation. This is to show God’s love in this lost world. But the recent expedition to Gojra, Pakistan was special because we particularly wanted to support and encourage persecuted Christians. There was also an evangelization campaign planned. This was a very bold venture considering the past riots of Gojra where Christians have been killed.
It was in Gojra where, not so long ago, 300 houses and seven churches were burned by a mob of more than 10,000 fanatical Muslims. As if this was not enough, eight Christians were burned alive! After viewing some video footage of the attacks; I am forever haunted by some of the scenes. I particularly remember a young girl (not yet fourteen years old) who had her left arm cut off and then set on fire! No words can describe such a tragedy. This only reinforces my call to do everything possible to help these people. We hope to continue helping by medical outreaches, pastoral support, and building Christian hospitals, churches and orphanages…
As the foreign missionary; I was invited on stage to testify in an “open air forum” with more than one thousand people there. I knew that it would not be difficult for a sniper to shoot me from one of the surrounding buildings. These buildings are, after all, kind of pigeon houses built on each other sky high.
Normally, Christians may not carry arms in this region. Yet they received permission (for one night) from the local police to arm themselves and create their own “security” service. I was shocked when I saw armed men to my left and right, until my friends convinced me that they were Christians.
I was strengthened by the many prayers of support for me and this event. I even received “Psalm 91” from one of our DM Facebook friends. After reading this, I had not only peace, but also the much needed courage to go boldly for it.
The event was held on the day when Muslims make the annual sacrifice of goats and sheep according to the covenant made between Abraham and God. I have a hunch that the Epistle to the Hebrews could very well have been the Epistle to the Muslims. It is the letter in the New Testament that demonstrates clearly that the sacrifice of Christ was once and for all. His sacrifice was enough for everyone who believes in Him.
More than one thousand people came to Gojra and many responded!It became a great celebration! An invisible protection was all around us. The peace we felt was overwhelming. Yes, we could joke and laugh and dance and thank! I tell you, we have a new Jesus movement in these countries. It’s great to be part of it!
We then went to an area northwest of Islamabad for an important medical expedition. While there; the situation was anything but safe. The peace, however, remained at all times in our hearts. The team spirit was so good that it looked like a trip to the Rocky Mountains. So much joy surrounded us and we felt safe!
However, I became very ill suddenly and had to return. Despite the fact that I had bought the cheapest ticket, they gave me a first class seat. A very kind man sat beside me. Feverish as I was, I told my story with my last bit of strength. The man was very impressed about the work of Doctors on Mission in Pakistan. Then, he confided to me that he was a senior official of the U.S. government, but with Pakistani roots. He was also the founder of Project Hope in the U.S. They had built thousands of houses in flooded areas.
He also knew that no “infidel” (non-Muslim) could enjoy good treatment in Muslim hospitals. He promised to help Doctors on Mission in building a medical mission base with a hospital in Toba Tek Singh. I will be meeting with him soon.
Life was going out of me… My illness was serious. Large blue-black colored spots colored my skin. Then, the worst came. I felt lightning and electric shock in my head. I knew it was small intra cranial bleedings. I went to a good hotel to rest and had the necessary medication with me to treat myself. I called in an Interpreter (who turns out was a Christian). I received a wonderful touch of the Lord and my whole body miraculously recovered quickly! A great peace came into my heart and soul. After 1 week of rest, I could travel to Belgium.