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A Christian Witness legal advocate was nonetheless urged “to get registration as soon as possible because lots of matters are pending due to [the lack of] registration.” The PBC is continuing its ministry endeavors despite not being registered. During the Christmas season, a special program was held to which 20 different Sunday schools were invited, every child received a gift, and Christmas dinner was served. The BWA has, for a long time, been engaging Pakistan even though there are no BWA member bodies in the South Asian nation. Between 2005 and 2007, Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the BWA, spent more than US$450,000 on earthquake relief, reconstruction and housing in Pakistan after a devastating earthquake in October 2005 affected several districts and provinces. In August 2010, other funds were sent for relief work in Pakistan after heavy monsoon rains swelled the Indus River, causing widespread fl ooding that covered approximately one-fi fth of Pakistan’s total land area. In 2011, after similar fl oods devastated the southern province of Sindh, where 22 out of 23 districts in the province were inundated, BWAid sent emergency relief funds directly to Save & Serve For Christ Ministries, a group affi liated with the PBC and based in Lahore. The 2011 fl oods caused approximately 200 deaths and had an impact on close to 5.3 million people. More than 222,000 individuals were displaced in 2,243 camps in the province, primarily in government schools, other buildings and makeshift-tented settlements. Samuel Ahsan, executive director of Save & Serve


For Christ Ministries, reported that the funds were used to distribute aid to approximately 600 families in the organization’s “Food for All” program. One recipient of relief aid said, “God … brought you as angels to help us with food. I have great respect for Christians and churches now. You are great people. I have never seen such kind- hearted people like you. Even when our own community left us alone in this situation, you provide us food.” A village elder stated, “Nobody else reached us in the last six weeks. It is your team that has been taking care of our whole village. You are really a man of God.” A Christian witness in Pakistan remains, despite attempts to see that it be otherwise.


Samuel Ahsan, executive director of Save & Serve For Christ Ministries, visiting communities affected by widespread fl ooding in Sindh province in Pakistan Heavy monsoon rains swelled the Indus River.


Floods caused approximately 200 deaths . . . more than 222,000 individuals were displaced in 2,243 camps.


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