I met a man yesterday who was left with no alternative but to flee for his life from his home country and his own countrymen. Yes, this happens.
Peter is a Pakistani pastor, which itself is not life-threatening, unless you proselytize (share about your faith to nonbelievers in an effort to convert them). If you stay in your “holy huddle” as most churches do there (and here??), then you are “free” to worship. But if you move to the Gospel’s Edge seeking to reach Muslims for Christ’s sake, as Peter did, then you will initiate your own death sentence. Peter has assisted many to trust Jesus, including his wife, and as a result was threatened death six times while close associates lost their lives. He escaped by the grace of God and arrived here just days ago.
Now, he and his wife, Naomi, along with their three children (6 years, 3 years and 3 months) are in Columbus. But they’re without a home, transportation, funds or a job. A job will likely come, but not for six months, once being granted (hopefully) religious asylum in the U.S. Not until then can legally work.
I was introduced to Peter by a man I unquestionably trust, whom I’ve known for 13 years, who has been a missionary for many years, and who met Peter a few years ago in that region.
How you can Help: Living on the Gospel’s Edge
Pastor Peter and his family have a few specific needs, in addition to financial support:
- Place to stay (apartment, mother-in-law suite, hotel, etc.)
- Supplies and clothes for their children (diapers, food, wipes, etc.)
If you, your Lifegroup, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. can help Peter and his family in any way, please e-mail Pastor Sean Spoelstra of Encounter Church in Dublin. Pastor Sean has been compelled to take the point coordinating whatever help God may bring about through you and others. If you feel led to give financially, please click here to do that securely through Vista. Please select “Pakistan Refugee Support” as the designation.
Thanks for considering how you can live on the Gospel’s Edge and support this family that God has a hand on. It’s remarkable to think of the challenges they’ve weathered and made it through to seek freedom here in the US. His Gospel is alive, and together we’re on the edge.