Pastoral Letter

We can still write letters to each other. And this one is for my brothers in Pakistan. I will share it with you.

Brothers, you are all serving God by tending to your faith communities while reaching out to the poor and suffering. I admire you and I am inspired by your love. Truly inspired. Our Father is glorified in your lives.

This morning, while texting with a brother, I found myself giving “old man advice.” Sharing spiritual insight, the fruit of my Christian experience, with my younger brothers has been a blessing to me. I know my worth is in the Lord, but it sure feels good to be useful.

I am humbled by your love that is so freely expressed, and your respect for age and honesty.  Praise God, you are in the midst of a mighty work of the Spirit. Communities that have been without the word of God are beginning to see the light. Jesus is raising up light bearers from among you to go into these dark places. Men and women are being taught to read the Scriptures for themselves. Sunday schools for children are springing up. I am blessed to witness the fruit of your lives.

Today I am reminded of something Jesus said. Well, I am reminded quite often, but these words are loud in my mind. “Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.” (Matthew 19:13-15)

It is good to remember that our lofty words can also hinder the faith of God’s children. May God bless you more. Your brother, Paul