Hammad is safely home from Pakistan, Praise God, having had a wonderful visit to Shantinagar for the 100 years celebrations.
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.
The first evening ‘Arise Youth’ concert was attended by 6,000 young people who had come in buses from across the whole region. It 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 second 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.
The regular percussion team with Ashar on Tabla and Zeshan on Dholak were with Hammad for this tour, creating massive energy in the worship.
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.