Pakistan Convention - 2005

MIRPUR KHAS CONVENTION

 

December 1-4, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:00-7:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[BL]

{KS}

 

T

 

 

 

 

Ray Hoffmann

(SG)

 

 H

 

 

 

 

Nicole Tierentijn

(DI)

 

  U

 

 

 

 

Babu Lal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nazia Suba Khan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00-12:00

 

3:00-5:00

 

6:00-7:00

 

 

 

[MT]

{JD}

[KO]

{MT}

[CF]

{KO}

 

F

Craig Wilson

(BL)

Anthony Hodgkinson

(KO)

Clifford Fedirchuk

 

 

 R

John Watt

(SG)

Keith Olsen

 

Jari Davidson

 

 

  I

Marvin Tschetter

 

Elaine Parsons

(KS)

Shehnaz Khalil

 

 

 

Faheem John

 

Baila Lal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[SG]

{HM}

[BL]

{KS}

[SG]

{CF}

 

S

Ray Hoffmann

(SG)

Craig Wilson

(BL)

Stephen Ghani

 

 

 A

Esther Penny

(CF)

Heather Mowat

 

Beverly Walker

 

 

  T

Liaquat Ashiq

 

Elaine Parsons

(KS)

Dolly Inayat

 

 

 

Harrison John

 

Andrias Ashiq

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00-12:00

 

1:30-2:30

 

 

 

 

 

[KO]

{JD}

[CF]

{MT}

 

 

 

S

Anthony Hodgkinson

(KO)

John Watt

(BL)

 

 

 

 U

Nicole Tierentijn

(DI)

Esther Penny

(CF)

 

 

 

  N

Karen Schofield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, we are having great Conventions.  So much to rejoice in these days.  Can say that we are in fellowship with the creak of the earth, the Spirit being so evident amongst all gathered here. In all the messages, there is a line which is the same giving evidence that the Spirit is amongst us here.

Last night in the informal meeting, Esther Penny spoke of the work in Indonesia.  There are 1,300 Islands.  They are not free to go to anywhere they do not receive an invitation to come.  During the war in the 1940s, there was a man and his wife in the army from Manado.  They heard the gospel in Jakarta, professed, and then had to return home after the war.  For 23 years, they did not see any workers, did not have any convention, but kept true in having their meetings Sunday and Wednesday night.  Then at last two workers were able to go to the Island and have meetings.  Some professed of their family, and now have a grandniece in the work.  Also on the island of Manado there are now 3 churches, showing that it pays to remain faithful to God who will reward us for our faithfulness.

Tonight, we had Anthony speak to us of the early work in South Africa.  It is the greatest miracle in any life for any human being to be made like Jesus.  There is the greatest miracle in South Africa that he spoke about.  In the 1600s, the Dutch settled in South Africa.  The British came in the 1800s.  During the late 1800s, there were diamonds and gold found in South Africa.  Queen Victoria wanted this gold and diamonds.  She sent troops down to South Africa.  There was great fighting between the Dutch and the British, although the British outnumbered the Dutch 19 to 1.  It was the British that won the war.  At this time, there were a lot of the Dutch taken prisoner of war.  Many were sent to the Island of St. Helena and some came to Sri Lanka.  Many wives and children were killed at this time, so there was a real hatred and bitterness towards the British.  This was finished in 1903.  Two years later, in 1905, a ship came with 16 workers on it.  Two Brothers and two Sisters landed at Cape Town.  Two Sisters went to Port Elizabeth.  Two Brothers came to Durban. The same boat went on to Australia and New Zealand, with the rest of the 8 workers that went there.  The miracle was that, in spite of the bitterness of the Dutch against the British, it was British workers that God sent to preach the Gospel and people responded.  The gospel broke every barrier down.   Wilson Reid was one of the workers in Cape Town.  He had a strong voice and had open air meetings.  One man stood by him each night and helped him sing, and he professed.  Then a neighbor lady heard him speak from her garden and then drew near and professed. Later, he went up to where the gold was and the diamonds, 1,000 mile north, and there he got some diamonds too.  George Absolom professed and went in the work and then many more.  There was a Rob Roy professed and his wife.  Their daughter, Martha Roy, went into the work.  She and Teeny Walker preached the gospel in Pakistan and India.  Austin Bevas professed in this land through them.  Before Anthony came to Pakistan, she said to Anthony, "Is there any room in your case, as I would love to come."  "Her thoughts and prayers are with us today," he said.

There are a lot of relatives to BabuLal here.  So nice to see them all, so many young people, also, so a great future ahead in this land.  His Sister has 6 boys and 5 profess.  The one who doesn’t is here as his wife professes.  There are two boys in this family in the work.  The other two boys work as mechanics.  They were able to buy an old Suzuki van that was worn out.  They have repainted it, done it up, pulled it right down, and put it together again, and now it is called a meeting car.  The car is not to be used for taking anyone to work, not to be used to take the children to school, but only to tale the friends to the meetings.  Also, if the workers need a car, they can use it also and they have used it to shift a batch, etc., or if they have to the country with some foreign visitors.

Keith Olsen spoke so helpfully today regarding Revelations 21.  He spoke of God pulling the curtain aside and showing us some of the things that await us in heaven.  We do not know what is behind the curtain after death, but sometimes God parts the curtain a little to show us some things.  There are 4 things that will be in heaven spoken of here.  The first is the new City, the new Jerusalem.  These people living there are from the earth, men and women like us.  Some from Pakistan, some from India and from Canada, all together enjoying this new city.  These will be God's people who have prepared themselves like a bride adorned for her husband.  She is very beautiful.  It is very costly to prepare for a wedding and so it is with us, not spending money on expensive jewellery but preparing in our spirit.  God's beauty is innocence.  It is so beautiful to see, sincerity very beautiful, truth, so beautiful, pure love so beautiful, patience, all the virtues of the bridegroom. The second thing that will be there is God on the throne.  This is the atmosphere of heaven, all taking off their crowns to worship him that sits on the throne.  If we say now that we want to run our own lives then we are not living in the atmosphere of heaven today.  We will not fit into heaven, for there will be total submission to the one sitting on the Throne.  Then the third thing there is that God is living among them, will talk to them.  We sometimes are asked if we will be doing anything in heaven.  We will worship him and live in his presence.  He spoke of going home for the first time after being in Pakistan for 5 years.  When he was home, it felt so good to be with his parents and felt so safe and so secure.  It was a wonderful feeling and it will be just like that when we get home.  This will be our greatest reward:  you have arrived and seeing God face to face.  What greater reward can there be than that?  Then the fourth thing is that there will be no more death, no more crying, no sickness.  These are things that belong to this life.  You people have come here for 3 days away from the world and it is like a taste of heaven.  There is nothing here for the young people in a worldly sense, no football, no cricket, but you are all happy to sit in the meetings to worship.  This is our joy to worship the One who has loved us.

 

After this, Anthony gave us a wonderful meeting of those being in bondage in the scriptures because of their own pride and sin.  God delivered them from their bondage. We can be here walking around but be in prison, be in spiritual bondage.  What brings us into spiritual bondage?  Disobedience, unwillingness, self will, unforgiveness, spirit of criticism, having a wrong spirit, a wrong feeling towards someone else; all these things can bring us into bondage. We then do not have a song in our hearts.  The children of Israel cried to God, and God heard their sighing, their groaning.  He came and delivered them.  So, if we ask God, He will deliver us from spiritual bondage also.  It tells us of those who are going forth sowing precious seed weeping, and then bringing their sheaves with them.  He spoke of us sowing spiritual seeds today, of every thought we have is a thought that we sow, every word we speak is a word that we sow, every deed is a deed that we sow.  Every day we are all sowing something.  Spoke of cheating in the sowing.  We may not sow all that we should sow, and then, at harvest time, we cannot cheat in the harvest, all is revealed.  He then went on to speak of Joseph, the captive maid, and others who all sowed in tears and brought their sheaves with them.  Joseph sowed seeds of forgiveness and then he brought 11 sheaves who stood before him.  The captive maid sowed no self pity but seeds of kindness.  This brought a sheaf with her and then they two could have fellowship together.  Naomi also brought Ruth, sowed in tears but brought a sheaf with her.  He then spoke of his own Mother, who also sowed in tears.  At the last, her husband also professed.

This is all very encouraging for the folks.  Some have their partners not professing and are sowing in tears, one day will come with their sheaves.  God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love.

 

Now will let this go and write some more later. 

With all good wishes and love, 
Bram