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“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” —Acts 2:4

Saturday, August 8

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Pakistan

 

Born of a peasant Sikh exorcist, Kamil grew up in an environment where exorcisms took place regularly. After his father died, Kamil was possessed by a powerful evil spirit who tortured him physically and mentally. He suffered for months, and no one could help him. One night he met Babu Basant Lall, a local evangelist, who told him to pray in the name of Jesus and the evil spirit would leave him. Kamil went to his home, prayed in the name of Jesus, and that night he slept. When he woke up in the morning, he was a completely changed person. He began to jump in the air, shouting and proclaiming that Jesus was the only truth and that all else was false. He demolished the altars dedicated to spirits and was baptized.

Then the devil attacked. His animals died, and there were no crops in his fields. His mother and brothers were convinced that he was being punished by God for abandoning the religion of his father. They tried to counsel him back. But freedom from the clutches of an evil spirit and newfound joy and salvation in Christ was so great that he said, “Only my animals are dead, but even if my two sons were to die, I will not revert.”

Then the Lord sent an angel who told him in a dream that his troubles were over. He learned to read. He especially loved to read the Bible. He became an elder and shared the gospel with his family members, who all came to Christ. He helped the missionaries and pastors in other villages, and many people came to faith. With the help of missionaries, he brought education to these villages.

He dedicated one of his sons at birth to serve the Lord. I am that child. My father passed away February 27, 2013, but his mission and legacy lives on. He started a dairy business that is now run by many Christians in his village. This has helped them not only to get out of bonded labor but also to live a comfortable and prosperous life.

—Rev. Dr. Maqsood Kamil, vice principal, Gujranwala Theological Seminary, Pakistan

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Please pray for people in mission in Pakistan

Partners/Ministries

Presbyterian Church of Pakistan • Church of Pakistan • Christian Hospital Taxila • Forman Christian College, Lahore: Dr. James Tebbe, rector • Gujranwala Theological Seminary: Rev. Dr. Arthur James, principal • Memorial Christian Hospital, Sialkot: Dr. David Sohail, director • Presbyterian Education Board: Mrs. Veeda Javaid, executive director • Presbyterian Property Trust: E. Salim Bhatti, executive secretary • United Bible Training Centre, Gujranwala: Mrs. Salma Andrew, principal

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

John Matekovic, BOP
Valerio Mateo, PMA
Norma Mattis, PMA

Let us pray

Dear God, let there be many men and women like Kamil, whose lives might be a channel of your blessings and power for many others. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 63; 149
First Reading 2 Samuel 12:15-31
Second Reading Acts 20:1-16
Gospel Reading Mark 9:30-41
Evening Psalms 125; 90

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