17th – 23rd October 2017
Even before the start of the trip, God displayed His faithfulness when the team applied for the visas. For a country that is typically difficult to get into, the success of the application of a team of so many people displayed His hands upon this trip. But we came together in prayer and fasting, in faithfulness we trusted God and surrendered the trip to Him.
We are a team of 10 people who were assigned to help minister during a 3-day Bless Pakistan conference. It was held at the nation’s capital, Islamabad on 19th-21st October, 2017. Some of us were nervous as we kept hearing of negative news about the place and even on the conference, but we were also excited to see what God is going to do through us during our mission trip.
Our journey began on the 17th Oct where we flew from Changi to Lahore via Bangkok and met the local church team. We reached Lahore around midnight and drove from Lahore to Islamabad the following morning. To our surprise, on our way, we noticed there were many Western food chains in the country and how developed the city was!
Fellowship over Food
On the first day in Islamabad, we managed to spend some time with our brothers and sisters in Christ from the local church over lunch. We enjoyed the local dishes and had the opportunity to get to know them better, whilst encouraging each other in Spirit.
Food was good and we had many occasions to fellowship over meals. We never went home hungry.
The Conference (19-21 Oct)
We witnessed the mighty move of God during the conference. It was a historic event for the church of God in Pakistan as this was the first of such a Christian conference, and in a national landmark – the Convention Center of Islamabad. God is raising up His mighty men and women of Pakistan. We also witnessed God’s amazing work of reconciliation over the churches in Pakistan.
Pakistanis really have the heart for worship; they sing with all their might and full of gratitude. They are hungry for God’s word and presence, and He was indeed present at all the meetings.
On the final night meeting, the team had the opportunity to give a word of knowledge and the privilege to pray for the people. There were no dry eyes as many were healed, touched by God and repented.
We are thankful to be part of this historical event and we believe that this is just the beginning of many more breakthroughs to come.
Thankfully, the conference went well. During the conference, we were careful and had security personnel following us, but we also knew we had God’s mighty army watching over us! After the conference, we went back to Lahore and stayed there for one night.
Back in Lahore (21-22 Oct)
Worship like a child
We attended the Sunday service at Cornerstone Community Church Lahore. Our task was to conduct the Sunday School service and we had so much FUN with dancing and singing! Their worship was pure and filled with so much love. The atmosphere brought us to the understanding of the verse from Matthew 18:3-4, it says, “Assuredly I say to you unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Back in Singapore
Too short a trip but our hearts continue to Bless Pakistan!
Isabel Vanessa Tan & Jesse Cajita on behalf of the team
PAK 01, 2017
Islamabad & Lahore, Pakistan