I’m grateful for the incredibly meaningful trip I had throughout Asia in August and September. I first traveled to South Korea to obtain my Pakistan travel visa and seek opportunities to mobilize Korean churches for mission engagement among unreached people groups. I also had the opportunity to take a brief trip with my dad to Mount Baekdu in Changchun, China. Many Koreans consider its caldera lake and volcano to be their spiritual home. I was thankful for this portion of my trip to spend time praying for North Korean refugees and Chinese followers of Jesus.
In early September, I flew to Pakistan to visit Forman Christian College (FCC). Founded by American Presbyterians in 1864, FCC is an excellent school that has produced many Pakistani leaders, including former President Musharraf. Among 7,000 students, about 1,000 are Christian. Considering the fact that only about 1.5% of Pakistan’s population is Christian, the number at FCC is astounding. After meeting with a group of professors, administrators and students, I was encouraged by FCC’s potential to become a global Christian institution.
From there, I traveled to visit a longtime Frontier Fellowship partner who leads Schools in the Sand—a primary school ministry for underprivileged children from the Meghwal and Bhil ethnic minority groups. These schools are located in an economically poor desert area, and the majority of the families they serve are farmers (cotton, wheat, sugar cane), weavers and shoemakers. Although these schools only have basic supplies, I was inspired by the passionate teachers and students who were eager to learn.
I also had the opportunity to speak at Sunday worship services, prayer gatherings and school visits while in Pakistan. I initially faced some challenges with daily temperatures around 130ºF, food poisoning and interrogation by government police without any particular reason. But by God’s grace, these difficulties didn’t deter me from enjoying rich times with my brothers and sisters. Praise God!
It was encouraging to witness what God is doing through the faithful ministry of His people in Pakistan. Would you pray with me as Frontier Fellowship continues to develop sustainable, indigenous partnerships to support the work of these local leaders?
—Haemin Lee, Associate Director