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Greetings from Sweden

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.

Hammad on mission trip

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.

 

 

 

 

 

God’s blessing in Canada & New York

Sally and Hammad had a wonderfully blessed tour in Canada and New York in August.  Kamran and his family were amazing hosts providing everything we needed and more.

We were blessed with the provision of guitar amps to ensure a good sound for all the performances, we had a wonderful road trip to Toronto from New York with Kamran. Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to stay in a hotel in Toronto and so were able to make an unexpected visit to Catch the Fire church at Toronto airport on Sunday 13th August morning . This was such a blessing to experience spirit-filled worship, testimonies and preaching before then going on to lead worship at Cornerstone Asian Church in the afternoon.

We met up with Luke and Tess, friends of friends in Chesham and were delighted that Luke could play drums with us at Cornerstone church before rushing off to catch a bus to Washington.  God often blesses us with chance meetings that turn out to be mutually beneficial and for his glory.

Having been scheduled to only play 30 minutes worship, we were honoured that pastor Peter asked us to continue for another hour and cut down the sermon to a short homily so that we could continue worshiping in English and Urdu for the whole service.  The Cornerstone technical team were amazing arranging the PA and filming the service. Short extracts have now been released on Youtube so people can continue being blessed by the worship from this event.  Here are couple of songs from this event.

We also enjoyed great hospitality with sister Ester & her family in Toronto and were blessed to be able to visit Niagara Falls and the Butterfly Sanctuary on our travels.

Back in New York we spent a wonderful week with Pastor Pervaz & Sakina, Kamran, Marya and their children Aman, Zara & Eliza. A highlight in the week was visiting Sight and Sound theatre for a production of Jonah, for Aman & Zara’s birthday. Hammad also started teaching Zara to play the guitar and to sing with us.

Saturday evening we performed a concert for Sutun-e-haqq church New York with a full band including Danny on drums, Kamran on keys and a traditional table player.  Hammad’s cousin Rina also performed two songs.

At the same church on Sunday morning heard a moving testimony about how a man had been healed from ankle pain during the concert the night before.  He praised God for the blessing of his job with NYPD and for healing his ankle.   Sally preached on ‘Giving as Worship’ to encourage the church to give sacrificially as Jesus did, to help build their new church. Hammad led the sung worship.

After this service we drove 2 hours to Philadelphia to lead worship for a small church planted by Sutun-e-Haqq.  At this service the worship flowed and Hammad shared the Word of God through his songs and his explanation of their meaning.  Marya’s comment that Hammad was like a ‘lion uncaged’ confirmed previous prophetic encouragement that Hammad received in recent months.

We were blessed by amazingly generous hosts throughout this tour and covered all our expenses from their gifts and CD sales. Praise God!  We look forward to next year and a return visit to encourage these diaspora Asian Christian communities.

 

Hammad & Sally off to New York & Canada

We would value your prayers as Hammad and Sally prepare to go to New York and Canada on a short mission trip to visit two Asian Churches.

We are visiting Cornerstone Asian Church run by Peter and Jemima Paul who were formerly with Campus Crusade for Christ in Pakistan.  We will be leading worship there on Sunday 13th August at 4.30pm

This church, based in Mississauga, Toronto reaches out to the diaspora Asian community with worship in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. They also prepare TV programmes to run on TV in Pakistan as well as supporting other outreach initiatives there such as a Sewing project.  For more information visit their website

We will also be visiting Sutun-E-Haqq church in New York to encourage their musician and worship leaders, perform a worship concert on Saturday 19th August and lead worship on Sunday 20th August.

For more information see their facebook page

We give thanks for dear brother Kamran who has organised this whole tour for us and is offering us hospitality during our stay.

Please do pray for comfortable and safe travel both by air and by car during this tour and for an anointing of God’s spirit as we worship and preach the gospel.  We are thankful to St Margaret’s Edgware for releasing us to go on mission and encourage others.

Spiritual Encouragement at New Wine

Hammad and Sally had a wonderful opportunity to take part in the New Wine Summer Gathering at Shepton Mallet in July.

A small group from St Margaret’s Edgware join them on this, their first such adventure with New Wine.

 

The brave were camping in tents, a few in a caravan and others in a local B&B for the weekend. In all 9 adults and 2 children from Edgware went to New Wine this summer.

The New Wine worship was wonderfully uplifting and the teaching thought-provoking. R T Kendall spoke in the Arena each morning with a simple,  clear message about Forgiveness, Answered prayers, Generous giving, and much more.  We also enjoyed teaching on spiritual gifts including how to minister with words of encouragement, blessings what God is already doing, listening for words of prophecy and gifts of healing.

Hammad and Maureen were greatly encouraged by a word of Prophesy for Hammad about being a roaring lion and not standing under condemnation – this confirmed a word received by Maureen for Hammad a few weeks ago about being the Lion of Judah. Hammad has been under attack recently with threats against his life if he returns to Pakistan and so these words of encouragement were very timely.  Please do continue to pray for his safety and courage in pursuing ministry in Pakistan.

Sally also received encouragement through physical healing of her knee on the second day at New Wine and was able to share her testimony in the session on Healing.

 

The group had a lot of fun with BBQ’s, afternoon tea at Wells Cathedral and ice-creams.

The time spent sheltering in the caravan from the rain, preparing food and washing up together all helped to deepen relationships through serving one another and shared spiritual experiences.

 

Praise in the Park Sunday 16th July 2.30p Chesham

Hammad and Sally were delighted to be involved in Praise in the Park again this year, invited back as special guests to play with band members from churches around Chesham.

Praise in the Park took place on Sunday 16th July 2017 starting at 2.30pm – 4.30pm in Lowndes Park, Chesham, Buckinghamshire. There is lots of parking available in the shoppers carpark close to Lowndes Park. The Metropolitan line underground station is about 5 minutes away.

There were record crowds again this year for a beautiful afternoon in the park.

The band included singers and musicians from Churches around Chesham as well as Hammad & Sally, Andrew and Karolina from Voice for Jesus.

Thai dancing was a new edition to the programme this year thanks to Puntip Hollier, as well as children’s action songs to keep people on their toes.

There was messy church activities for kids as well as the usual refreshments stall and ice cream van nearby.

Pictures taken and used with permission of Terry Cherrill.

Update from Pakistan Tour almost over

Dear friends

Thank you for your prayers we have had a successful trip to Islamabad and Murree this week.
On Monday evening we performed at the YWAM discipleship training school organise by brother James. There were about 50 young people on the course and they expressed their joy in worship with singing clapping and dancing. Lots of pictures can be found on Facebook DTS Pakistan page. We stayed the night in Murree where the temperature felt very cold. We went from 30 degrees in Islamabad to 10 degrees in Murree. The hotel was comfortable but very noisy so not much sleep.
On Tuesday we continue filming for 3 songs with some great locations in the mountains. In the afternoon the YWAM team helped with the video shoot providing an enthusiastic crowd singing along to the new song.
After further filming in Islamabad on Wednesday morning  we drove home to Lahore via the motorway which took about 5 hours.
On Thursday we spent the morning at the passport office getting papajee’s passport renewed. Pakistan bureaucracy at its finest = one long queue after another, poor papajee was exhausted. The temperature is about 35 degrees in Lahore and in the afternoon our back up battery power failed due to a blown fuse so we had no fans for a couple of hours until hammad came home from another filming project and discovered the problem.
In the evening we performed at St Peter’s Church Bahar colony to a packed church. Bishop Samuel was in charge and made us feel very welcome. I was quite relieved that hammad sang mostly classical songs that I don’t sing with him. Unfortunately the temperature changes of the last few days caught up with hammad and he has a streaming cold. Literally streaming all through the concert stopping every few verses to blow his nose. This was in spite of me finding a flu powder sachet in my bottomless handbag for just occasions and dosing him up before going on stage.
He was exhausted by the end but still found the energy to greet many people, share food and fellowship with the Bishop and other elders, and visit a nearby house for a cup of tea before going home to bed.
Today, Friday another hot day with chores around town in the morning, resting in the afternoon and an evening performance for Bread of life ministries in Garden Town Lahore. The small upper hall was packed and although their were fans on the ceiling the generator could cope with running lights, fans, and the sound system so some of the fans and lights are turned off so the show could continue until the electricity came back on. Phew it was hot and sweaty. Got home at midnight.
Tomorrow morning, Saturday we are driving to Saghoda about 3 hours for a show that was cancelled due to security alerts a few weeks ago.  We would really value your prayers for safety on the roads and at the venue, for Hammad’s health that he recovers quickly from this cold and for people to be blessed by the worship.
Sunday morning we are worshiping at a local church and in the evening meeting our MP Matthew Offord from Edgware who is visiting Pakistan on official business. Please do pray for his safety and those in his group as they carry out their diplomatic mission.
Please do pray for a comfortable flight and some rest on the way as I return to work on Wednesday.
Many thanks
Blessings
Sally and Hammad

Update from Mission Tour Pakistan

Dear friends

Thank you for your prayers. I had a comfortable journey although no sleep on the flight. Arrived home in Lahore at 2.30am and slept for 5 hours.
Saturday morning we were up early so I could unpack one suitcase and repack for our road trip.
We were travelling in convoy with Pastor Naeem and Michael Kidd the evangelist from USA. I had been concerned about one of the tyres on our jeep. So as their van stopped at the services as we entered the motorway we pulled into the tyre shop to check the air pressure only to be told we had a slow puncture from a nail in the tire. Praise God we were able to get it repaired before continuing or journey.
It took 3 hours to reach out destination, a village near Pasrur. The last hour was on very rough roads that were probably made pre 1947 and had never been maintained since. Thank God the jeep has good suspension and springs in the drivers seat.
When we arrived the crowd was assembled and small girls standing with plates of rose petals waiting to shower the line of pastors who emerged from the van.
Hammad quickly changed his clothes and I sought out sanctuary and a bed under a fan as I desperately needed to sleep.
I awoke to a familiar song as Hammad and Lloyd had started performing in an open ground near the house I was resting in.  I joined them on stage and sang the last song with them before Michael gave the address with Pastor Naeem translating. We had a wonderful time of ministry and prayed for many people for healing. I shared a word of knowledge for a young man with a kidney problem.
We eventually had lunch at 5pm and were on the road by 6pm headed for Islamabad. Little did we know we were so far away from the trunk road and it took 6 hours to reach our destination shortly after midnight. We are staying with Hammad’s nice Leah and her young family. After a lovely meal we slept soundly.
Sunday morning we were shocked to discover at 9.50am we were expected to lead worship in a church at 10am having thought it was an evening programme. Needless to say we arrived late. The stage was set in a small street with people sitting on the floor on both sides and in the small church hall. The worship was joyful and the welcome warm particularly when we were served breakfast after the service.
We are returning here tomorrow as Hammad is recording a song with the Pastor’s children.
Please do continue to pray for safety as we travel,  for spirit filled worship and lives to be transformed. For us please pray for more sleep and some time to enjoy be together.

Update on Shantinagar Centenary Celebrations in Pakistan

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The Cross in centre of Shantinagar donated by Mr Pervaiz Henry a business man from the village, now settled in Karachi

Hammad is safely home from Pakistan, Praise God, having had a wonderful visit to Shantinagar for the 100 years celebrations. img_1763

Shantinagar is a rural village established by the Salvation Army 100 years ago, surrounded by fertile land irrigated by one of the many canals carrying water to agricultural land in the Punjab region.

 

 

Hammad spent the day times visiting friends and relatives in the village, drinking chai and lassi and eating the famous jalabi sweets.

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Welcome in Shantinagar (from the left, Mr Ziaul, Hammad, Pastor Naeem and other guests)

The first evening ‘Arise Youth’ concert was attended by 6,000 young people who had come in buses from across the whole region. received_1673580639637961It was a hot evening, everyone on stage and in the audience were wearing white shirts fulfilling a prophecy that had been received from a local lady saying she had seen a large gathering with a man singing in a white shirt and fire coming out of his body and healing people.

There was a real sense of God’s presence and much spiritual healing taking place during the evening.  Hammad opened the concert with Mera Roma Roma (The Holy Spirit is in me) and then he sang Tera nagar, mera nagar Shantinagar (your house, my house, is a peace house) a song written by Mr Ziaul Masih an apologist from Shantinagar, which Hammad composed for this event. Video footage was shot by Imran Immi during the concert and around the village for the video of this song which will be released by Christmas.

The secreceived_1274630849248259ond evening was attended by 10,000 people, and despite having a sore throat from so much dust the previous evening, Hammad sang again for an hour, with Lloyd providing backing vocals and bass guitar.

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Lloyd Robinson on base guitar

The regular percussion team with Ashar on Tabla and Zeshan on Dholak were with Hammad for this tour, creating massive energy in the worship.

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Hammad with Pastor Naeem

 

 

 

 

The two day events were organised by Pastor Naeem of Good Samaritan Ministries from Lahore.

We praise God for his organisation skills and his faithful preaching of the Word, distributing 2,000 bibles of spiritual food to the people  and his generosity in paying the musicians.

Hammad is back in the UK for three weeks helping Sally with youth events at St Margaret’s church in Edgware during half term, starting a new music workshop with Living Way Ministries in Grahame Park near Edgware and preparing for Christmas concerts.

Thank you for your support and prayers during this time. Please continue to pray for Hammad’s mum as she battles daily with the pain of spreading cancer.

 

Hammad in Pakistan – Shantinagar Centenary Celebrations 13/14 October

A big thank you to everyone who supported our Voice for Jesus concert at St Margaret’s Edgware on 1st October. We had a wonderful evening of worship and thanks to the generosity of supporters covered the cost of Hammad’s flight to attend the Centenary Celebrations in Shantingar this week.  Here’s what one supporter said:

Hi Sally,
Last night was brilliant … thanks so much for letting us know it was on. It was fascinating to hear, in more detail, about all of yours and Hammad’s work in Pakistan. Apart from the wonderful message of faith and hope that you are spreading, you are also both exceptionally brave to stand up in an environment that can show such cruel hostility towards Christians. Amazing and humbling work. Looking at those pictures, Hammad seems like a cross between Billy Graham and Elvis Presley in Pakistan … he certainly is a magnet to the crowds…we will keep praying for him… Bless you Di

Please do pray for Hammad as he travels to Shantinagar – his ancestral village – and leads worship at the two day celebrations of 100 years since the village was established by the Salvation Army.shantinagar-youth-poster

Please pray for safety for everyone attending these events and particularly for the speakers and worship leaders that God will speak through them to reach many people bringing the gospel alive.

We pray that the word of God will reach many in this rural area and lives will be transformed.