Although our ministry in Pakistan is smaller than in other countries, it is making a deep impact. Our greatest focus is in supporting a school in Eastern Pakistan. This school has been providing free education to poor, orphaned, abandoned, and exploited children in Pakistan since 2012. It is a Christian school, but it employs both Muslim and Christian teachers and enrolls about 90% Muslim and 10% Christian students. Although small, the school has set an example of what it can look like for Muslims and Christians to work together, and it has caused the Muslim community to give greater respect to the historically marginalized Christian community, while opening doors for the Gospel.
In 2020, our partners carried out small-scale food distributions under COVID-19 lockdowns, reaching several dozen families with a month’s worth of food. In the economic fallout of COVID-19, helping children with school supplies and equipping the school with cleaning supplies made it possible for dozens of children from poor families to continue their education.
Population: 212 million
Religion: Muslim 96.0%, Hindu 1.8%, Christian 1.6%, other 0.7%
Pakistan. The world’s sixth most-populated nation, with nearly 200 million people.
97% of the country is Muslim, and 384 of its 394 ethno-linguistic people groups are considered unreached with the Gospel. Pakistan is one of the world’s greatest remaining challenges to fulfilling the Great Commission.
In this beautiful land, full of much need and much opportunity, Harvest Bridge works on the front lines.
Starting with the 2005 earthquake that claimed nearly 100,000 lives, our Pakistani partners have actively demonstrated Christ’s love through disaster relief. Since 2010, they’ve provided flood relief to thousands, winning the respect of local governments.
Another earthquake struck Balochistan Province in 2013. Our partners risked their lives to provide aid to remote villages in a region beset by a rebel insurgency – a dangerous area even for the Pakistan Army.
Never seeking compensation for this effort, our partners sought only to bear witness to God’s love and mercy. In the process, bridges of understanding were built between ethnic groups in conflict, and between Muslims and Christians.
Our partners do not merely provide short-term relief, however. In keeping with Harvest Bridge’s model, they work toward long-term, sustainable transformation. In 2012, they began disaster preparedness training in the same flood-affected communities, in partnership with a large U.S.-based relief agency.
In 2014, with a grant from this agency, they expanded their work to include Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) training in marginalized Hindu villages in the Thar Desert.
One aspect of WASH is ensuring access to clean water. Our partners are nearing completion of a well for this purpose; it will serve 2500 people in two desert villages. While digging, they encountered large rocks; it will cost an additional $5,000 to drill to break these rocks and finish the well.
Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us to complete this project? Our Pakistan Coordinator, Pastor Sameer*, says it well:
“Water is life for these people, and if this project collapses, it will be a great loss.”
Your support of Harvest Bridge is a wise investment in the growth of God’s kingdom in Pakistan, enabling our partners to minister holistically through disaster relief, community development and other ministries including church planting, women’s ministry, and education for underprivileged children.
Join us in standing with our Pakistani brothers and sisters’ holistic mission of Gospel-centered peacemaking.
All gifts to the General Pakistan Ministry fund at this time will be used to complete this project, unless designated otherwise.
In Pakistan, Christians not only face danger from radical Muslims, but are also challenged from those who pretend to be Christians, but really teach false doctrine, and persecute followers of Jesus. Because of the complexities of the situation, and possible increased danger, we will not refer to the religion by name, but only call it a cult. Here is what Sameer says:
“Cult followers recently sent some mad guys to attack our house, but my extended family stood with us and confronted the evil preachers of this religion. The priests here had a big conspiracy against the local pastors, putting me on top of the list. But God protected us. Praise the Lord.Now, before I say anything else, I need to explain what happened. Every year, this group has a feast for one of their idols where young people go by bicycles, by foot, by buses and other transportation. This is a big event and people from all over Pakistan come there. What happens there is that they bow down to the statue, they put clothes, money, animals, and gold before the statue.
This is idolatry, and they are praying to this idol, which is against the Bible. Many people from my own town go there and being a pastor here, what is my duty? My duty is to tell people that this is wrong. For the last two weeks I have been teaching this to people in my Bible studies, prayer meetings and one on one counsel. This news reached the leaders of the cult, and so they planned to beat me and my team. They held a meeting with illiterate people and drug addicts who do not have any understanding of the Word of God. The conspiracy was planned in the place of meeting for this cult, and I came to know about it from local sources with good proof.
For the last one week, several mobs of young people from this cult have kept coming in front of my home and playing drums and yelling in loud voices, but we said nothing. In fact, we were praying for them. Also, my cousins and some elders of my family and Church went to the boys and asked them to stop, since it is not the right thing. They told them that what Pastor Sameer is teaching is from the Bible and if you have anything to say about that, we can sit and have a Bible study where he can explain what the Bible says. It is up to you if you agree, you can, but if you don’t, there is free will not to go.
Even after these efforts, a few days ago, some young people attacked my house in order to beat me. But God protected me by His grace, and through His people. All we are doing is trying to teach people the Whole Truth of God. We have to teach wisely, and I am doing that. But if I keep silent then I am not doing justice to the Word of God“.
Sameer and his family are still in danger from this radical group, so pray for them as they live out 2 Timothy 4:2-5:
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry”.