This summer, rains and flooding have killed over 900 people in Pakistan. That number comes from Pakistan’s Minister of Climate Change. The worst damage happened in the southern portions of the country, specifically in the Balochistan region.
The U.N. says 95,000 homes have been destroyed. In Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, 15 inches of rain in a few hours overwhelmed the streets.
Greg Kelley with World Mission says, “People that we’re working with, and our partners on the ground, are telling me about 40 continuous days of rain. It’s just destroying roads and livestock. Fields and farms are literally washed away. When that is someone’s entire source of substance, either raising their animals or farming, it’s devastating.”
The Connections podcast: real life, real faith
“This year has been uniquely devastating in Pakistan.”
One World Mission Pastor lost both his house and his livestock. People urgently need medical supplies and shelter.
Ministering to those in need
World Mission partners are working to provide these things to those in need.
Kelley says, “Many Muslim people would give no time of day to Christianity. Now all of a sudden, because of the horrors they’ve experienced, Christians have a great opportunity. So that’s what our partners are doing on the ground. They’re loving these people in Jesus’ name. They’re distributing our solar-powered Audio Bible in their native language.”
- Christian parents in Pakistan denied custody of kidnapped girl
- Christians working in aftermath of devastating Afghan quake
- Extremists use blasphemy charges against Nigerian Christians
- Pakistani priest shot and killed
Pakistani society does not think well of Christianity, often seeing it as a Western threat. Kelley says this is an opportunity to show something different. “Some of the things that they’re being told goes out the window when they see someone coming to them saying, ‘We care for your family. Here is a blanket, here’s a tarp, here’s a tent.”
As a result, many people are coming to know Jesus.
This story originally appeared at Mission Network News and is republished here with permission.