We praise God because He is great and powerful. “For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised” (Psalm 96:4a); “Be exalted, O LORD, in Your strength; We will sing and praise Your power” (Psalm 21:13).
Until not so long ago, all the members of Chaura Reformed Presbyterian Mission Church (CRPMC) were the adherents of the Roman Catholic church. The journey of CRPMC from Catholicism to Protestant convictions shows the power of God’s merciful and great hand.
Our mission church is blessed with four godly and faithful ruling elders and four deacons. Our pastoral candidate IB (shortened for security reasons) is currently a ruling elder. IB has completed his theological training and is working on his presbytery examinations. The Pakistan Commission (of the RPCNA) is already and prayerfully planning a next trip early in 2019.
One of the major exciting events of this trip will, Lord willing, be the ordination of our mission’s first native RP pastoral candidate. This will be a first in the history of the RP church in Pakistan! Great is the Lord and we will sing and praise Him.
Chaura RP Mission Church has begun regular Wednesday prayer meetings/worship and the congregation is encouraged by this. Faithful attendance by members to prayer meetings and to regular worship services is a sign of dedication. This looks like a mini-reformation in the works! Pastoral candidate IB is very busy preaching two sermons each week and teaching small bible study groups. Regular monthly home visits by elders also demonstrate the heart of the elders to shepherd the flock of God entrusted to their care (1 Peter 5:2).
There is another good development that will bless the church in Pakistan. Lord willing, EM will complete his next book project entitled “Reforming the Church: Understanding the Church and Its Biblical Reformation.” We are hopeful that this book will be published in early 2019, and that it will be used by God to challenge unbiblical beliefs and practices in Christian churches. Reformed resources are desperately needed and the presence of the RPC in Pakistan will be a means to challenge other congregational churches (and even Presbyterian churches) to consider their biblical foundations for church government, membership practices, and the sacraments
- Pray for Good to prevail over evil and the false gospels of Roman Catholicism and various charismatic movements to be exposed and rejected.
- Pray for people to seek the Lord in repentance and sincerity. Nominal Christianity is a major problem in Pakistan. Pray that the hearts of people would be turned from dead traditions to worship and serve the living God.
- Pray for Presbyterian churches in Pakistan as they are compromising in their biblical positions, and declining without the presence of faithful leadership.
- Pray for the faithful witness of Chaura RP Mission Church in the local and surrounding villages. Pray that our RP Pakistani brothers and sisters may be encouraged and strengthened to stand firm on the ROCK of Jesus Christ and his holy and inerrant Word
- Pray for wisdom to pursue the many contacts being developed throughout the nation of Pakistan. Pray also for those who might accompany EM into Pakistan on his next trip.