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.
Sally and Hammad