The last five months have been a busy time with two visits to Pakistan, teaching, worship events, schools visits and video production.
You are invited to St Margaret’s Church, 1 Station Road, Edgware on Sunday 16th February to hear more about the work that Hammad and Sally have been doing in Pakistan. Doors open 6.45pm for 7pm start. Refreshments available from 6.45pm.
We hope you will come and support this event, offer your prayer support and give generously to the work in Pakistan.
You are invited to join us for a Fund Raising concert at St Margaret’s Church, 1 Station Road, Edgware HA8 7JE on Sunday 20th October 2019. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Entry free of charge, donations welcome.
We will be reflecting on a difficult year and looking forward to our mission trip to Pakistan in November. We will share details of what we are hoping to achieve and how you can support us. Please do keep us in your prayers as we seek to serve God by equipping and encouraging persecuted Christians in Pakistan.
Nearest Underground station is Edgware on the Northern Line and free parking is available at the Broadwalk Shopping Centre, 2 minutes from the church on Station Road.
Hammad and Sally Baily appeared on Gateway Gazette TV programme on Thursday 8th August with John Bosco. The programme features Hammad playing live in the studio with his own compositions sung in Urdu and some other English worship songs. Rev Sally shares her thoughts on Love and Hatred in the bible.
Lloyd Robinson was born 1st November 1985 and died 5th February 2019 at the age of 33 years. Lloyd was born in United Christian Hospital, Lahore. He was the first Son of Solomon and Humera Robinson and the first grandchild of Prof. Rehmat and Daisy Baily. He had two brothers Leon and Luke and a sister Leah. He went to St Anthony’s High School, Regal Chowk, Christchurch School Youhanabad, Calvin’s Academy and St Thomas, Lahore. He attended many school but could not find one that he enjoyed! He lived only for his music – a gift from God that he discovered at the young age of 10 years old when he started singing with his Mamoo Hammad.
He was very much attached to his grandparents, and his Mamoo Hammad and Mami Sally. He lived with them since he was a teenager in Baha Colony and in Model Town. He was much loved by the whole family.
Lloyd’s music career took him all over Pakistan, performing at many different churches in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sailkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat. He also travelled all the way to Karachi by train to catch up with Mamoo Hammad on his Sindh tour. He spent hours travelling in the jeep to shows and would always ask ‘are we nearly there yet?’ He had a wonderful servant heart, always carrying the music equipment to and from the stage, setting everything for Mamoo and then setting his own bass guitar.
He was a very talented singer,
guitarist, and bassist. He composed his own songs and composed songs for other
commercial artists who profited from those compositions. He taught guitar to many students in Baha colony
and Model Town.
Lloyd was a handsome young man – everyone who
saw him said he should be a model. He married Angelina on 24th March
2008 in Dilkusha Gardens. His son Steven was born on 25th January
2009. He has passed on his musical talents to Steven who sings beautifully and
Lloyd was a loving son, brother, husband and father. All his cousins looked up to him and he was a very popular young man with everyone who knew him. He will be missed by so many people.
Since Lloyd’s tragic death Hammad and Sally have taken 6 months off from ministry in Pakistan. They are receiving help in processing their grief at losing such a precious member of their family and band. Their ministry in Pakistan will continue but it will always be tinged with sadness at Lloyd absence. We thank God for Lloyd’s life and take comfort that he is now singing with the angels.
You are invited to come and join us for an evening of worship and update on our mission in Pakistan on Sunday 17th February 2019 at St Margaret’s church, 1 Station Road, Edgware HA8 7JE. Doors open 6.45pm for 7pm start.
Hammad will be sharing his latest compositions in Urdu and English, together with an update on highlights from the last mission tour in Oct/November 2018 and recent short trip in Jan/Feb 2019.
There will be an opportunity to worship together and pray for persecuted Christians in Pakistan.
Entry is free, donation towards the mission are welcome.
Happy New Year and may God bless you abundantly in 2019.
As we look back over 2018 we give thanks to God for all that
he has achieved in and through us in the last year. The following gives a few
highlights from the last year. In
January I had a short trip to Ireland to see friends Dave and Heather Houlton
installed in their new parish in LetterKenny. I had a snowy trip to Harrogate
in February for the New Wine Leadership Conference which was very rewarding
with teaching from Kris Valloton from Bethel, California on Poverty, Riches and
Wealth. I’m just re-reading his book as I prepare a teaching series for our
We had a wonderful worship evening in February to prepare for a mission trip to Pakistan. It was great to see friends from Slough, Chesham and Edgware worshiping together and dancing around the church to I want to Walk with Jesus Christ. The evening included the new St Margaret’s Handbell ensemble playing their first ever performance, and a band with talented friends from all over London and Chesham.
During the trip to Pakistan Hammad filmed the video for Paak Roo (Holy Spirit) and led worship in Lahore, Islamabad and Okara. (just discovered Hammad’s song is covered by choir in India on youtube!) I did some teaching for pastors in Youhanabad at Lahore Evangelical Ministries. We also invested in a replacement jeep, which turned out to be a time consuming and more expensive than anticipated with replacement gear box and clutch plate required. We spent an interesting day on the roadside in a remote part of the countryside waiting for the jeep to be fixed only to be towed home, while Hammad continued to Islamabad for the next show. We learnt lots of lessons in patience and trusting God through this experience. Thankfully the jeep is now working well.
Back in the UK Hammad was busy teaching guitar on the Stonegrove regeneration estate, culminating in a performance at the community Royal Wedding Celebration.
Easter was a joyous occasion with new community involvement. We held a Passover Supper for 72 with the help of Christian Mission among the Jews, the local Girl guides helped build the Easter Garden and the Deputy Mayor attended our Easter Sunday service. Our Palm Sunday walk of witness and outreach in the Town Centre including singing in the Broadwalk Shopping Centre with Edgware and District Churches encouraged to prayer walk the town to change the spiritual atmosphere.
We were blessed to see Shechem friends in April who helped
us progressing our churchyard project to provide a sanctuary to the community
of Edgware. The generosity of God and faithful believers leaving legacies to St
Margaret’s has paid for a new lighting project, the redevelopment of our small
church hall, and redecorating the church (which is happening this week).
On the home front we provided sanctuary to a church member
who was in desperate need and stayed with us for 6 months. She is now settled
with the right to work, a place to live and a job for income – Praise God. There
was also good news and answers to prayer for Hammad’s Sister and family with a successful
visa appeal and leave to remain in the UK. After years of hardship they can
final start looking for work and feel secure in this country. We are blessed to have our friend Sarah the
Bard still living with us and flourishing with new writing projects and youth
work developing locally. We enjoyed
shared ministry in music and community projects.
Our ministry in Edgware parish included taking 6 people
through the CPAS growing leaders course; leading a parish weekend away to High
Leigh conference centre where John and Ann Coles blessed us with teaching on
the Prodigal Son and we blessed them with worship throughout the weekend. Sally ran her first confirmation course for 11
teenagers and 8 adults with several former Muslims among the group that were
confirmed in July. Sally is supporting
one potential candidate through the discernment process for ordained ministry
and one candidate who is in training and on an extended placement with St
Margaret’s before his curacy starts in 2019.
Sally’s application for Rector of Edgware Parish was unsuccessful but with good feedback from the Bishop and with the appointment as Sub Dean for the West Barnet Deanery, representative on Area council and Diocesan Synod there are many new challenges for her in 2019 we whilst continuing to grow the church spiritually and numerically in Edgware.
Our second year at New Wine gathering in the summer saw more people from the parish joining us camping at the Bath and Wells showground. This annual outing is strengthening the prophetic ministry within the parish and building confidence in hearing from God for the encouragement of others. This was also a good antidote to the distress of Hammad being attacked verbally and physically whilst doing music in Edgwarebury park at the beginning of July. It seems we must being doing something right as we have come under attack from strangers and so called friends as the enemy seeks to undermine our work for God. We thank God for the support of prayerful friends who have stood by us in difficult times.
In September we went on mission to US and Canada playing for Asian churches in New York, Philadelphia and Toronto. We were treated to a wonderful day trip on the River Hudson visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island by our friends and partners in this mission Kamran and Maria Gill. Hammad did some guitar teaching with young people and we included kids’ songs in our worship sets to involve all ages. A last minute teaching opportunity allowed Sally to share testimony regarding a faithful lady from St Margaret’s who had just passed away. Organising a funeral via conference call from New York was unexpected but effective. This was the third funeral for significant church members this year and by the end of the year we had lost 5 of our senior members to glory. Funeral ministry continues to be an important part of God’s work for us here.
In October we held another fund raising concert to prepare for a mission trip to Pakistan. We gave an update and prayed for the situation with Asia Bibi hoping that she would be freed by the appeal court. Our prayers were answered and she was released in the middle of the tour. Fortunately Sally had just left Pakistan as the news was announced and missed all the rioting that followed her acquittal. We continue to pray that Asia Bibi will be allowed to leave Pakistan and enjoy her freedom. Hammad had a successful tour although had a few near misses and traveling adventures, but he was kept safe by God’s hand. Sally joined the peaceful protest outside the Pakistan Embassy in London to call for Asia Bibi’s right to freedom. The legacy from Hammad’s tour in Pakistan included two new videos for Christmas songs that were released just before Christmas( click these links to view in Youtube Noor-e Khuda and Charni Vich Dera). Sally also enjoyed sharing Growing Leaders material with the LEM pastors group in Youhanabad and visiting Lyn Masterson a missionary friend based in Lahore.
November and December were very busy months with a large parade and service to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and the plethora of opportunities to share the good news of Christmas via nativity plays, carol services and meals for the community. We had the joy of sharing the Christmas story with Torch, a charity supporting blind and partial sighted people. Sally brought the story to life with sounds, smells and touch whilst Hammad led joyous carols in his distinctive style. We continue to enjoy life in a busy parish, and our often blessed by kind words, gifts and encouragement from people we meet. We have just spent a lovely three days resting in Latimer Hall with Xena, enjoying walks in the countryside and catching up with old friends for food and worship in Chesham.
Thank you to everyone who prayers for us regularly and
supports us in so many ways. We apologise for not providing more regular
updates on our website but sometimes we cannot announce our plans in advance
because of multiple threats against Hammad in the last two years.
In 2019 we will release the new song that we wrote for St
Margaret’s – The Shepherd’s Call and hopefully produce videos for one or two of
our other English compositions.
May God bless you and your family in the coming year.
In preparation for Hammad’s next mission trip to Pakistan we are holding a worship evening at St Margaret’s, 1 Station Road, Edgware HA8 7QF with a focus on release from slavery and freedom in Christ . Starting at 7pm with refreshments this evening will include worship in English and Urdu. Come and connect with the Holy Spirit through worship and hear an update on Hammad’s work in Pakistan during the Christmas season.
Hammad and Sally are supporting the Pakistan Miracle Festival being broadcast live on Kanal 10 Asia and Kanal 10 Sweden, on 1-3 November 2017. The programme being hosted by Jabran and Geet Inayat features an hour of worship led by Hammad Baily in Urdu and preaching from Stefan Edefors in English (translated into Urdu by Jabran).
You can watch live on the Kanal 10 app on your phone or by visiting www.kanal10asia.com. The programme is broadcast live at 2.30pm GMT, 3.30pm CET and 7.30pm PKT and repeated at 5.30pm GMT on Wed 1st, Thurs 2nd and Friday 3rd November.
Hammad and Sally are also leading worship tonight in the three hour programme broadcast on Kanal 10 Sweden/Sverige.
Kanal 10 is part of the DBC Media AB in Sweden. The founder is Mr Borje Claesson who has a close association with IKEA which is based in Almhult Sweden. Kanal 10 Norge reaches all over Norway and Scandinavia, Kanal 10 Sverige reaches all over Sweden. Kanal 10 Asia reaches all over Asia on the ABS-1 Satellite. The vision is to reach out to all the world with the good news of Jesus Christ, in the local language and in the local culture.
We thank God for our wonderful hosts and their hospitality, and for Samson playing Dholak with us. Please do prayer for Hammad and Sally and the rest of the team as they seek to share the gospel through worship and word in these programmes and for safe travel back to London on Saturday 4th November.
We are looking forward to seeing many Voice for Jesus supporters at the Fund Raising Concert on Sunday 15th October at 7pm at St Margaret’s Church, 1 Station Road, Edgware HA8 7JE. [5 minutes walk from Edgware Tube – Northern Line, free car parking in Broadwalk car park].
We will be giving an update on our mission trip to USA/Canada in August, Hammad’s recent visit to Pakistan in September and details of upcoming mission trips to Sweden and Pakistan in November/December.
Entry is free of charge, refreshment provided. All donations towards our mission are gratefully received. Gift aid donations are possible via St Margaret’s Church.
If you are not able to come please do pray for this event that it will be a spirit-filled uplifting evening of worship.
Hammad is leaving shortly for a mission trip to Pakistan. He will be performing at three events in Sahiwal, Bahar Colony and Feroz per Road in Lahore. These events are organised by Good Samaritan’s Church with Dr Naeem Nasir preaching the good news.
This will be a short visit and surround by high security as Hammad has received death threats associated with his work. He is a high profile worship leader in the Pakistan Christian community so it is difficult to remain below the radar. Please do remember Hammad in your prayers in the next two weeks, praying for safety as he travels around and performs at these events. Also please pray for Hammad’s family and our home in Lahore, that God’s angels would be ever present protecting them against attack.