2012 marked the beginning of partnership and networking for missions between Africa and Asia. Under the CMS Interchange, team comprised of Lilian Charles, Sunil Sheroon and Aamir Shahzad from AsiaCMS came to CMS-Africa to attend a Vision Conference in Kenya. Inroad
Upon returning back to Pakistan, the trio arranged 3 vision castings - one-day seminars in various cities with the local churches. This was followed up by visits from Rev. Dennis Tongoi and Stephen Mosheni who facilitated two Vision Conferences in 2013 with two dioceses of the Church of Pakistan.
“This training proved to be very useful in the context of Pakistan where generally people are poor, especially the Christian community, and always look themselves as powerless. The training helped to instill hope among various church and organizational leaders and encouraged them to start sharing the love of Christ with those around them with whatever gifts and resources God has provided them with,” says Aamir Shahzad, Samaritan Strategy Manager, AsiaCMS.
Shahzad affirms that news about Samaritan Strategy trainings have been shared widely in Pakistan and that has created a demand for Vision Conferences from town to town. The demand is high but ASIACMS is equal to the task.
To this end, AsiaCMS in Pakistan organized for a five-day workshop in February 2014 at Faisalabad which is the third largest city in Pakistan and has a very large number of Christians. This training was arranged with one of the partner organization of AsiaCMS named PBCI (Pakistan Bible Correspondence Institute).
The training attracted fourteen participants out of which 10 successfully completed the five day conference. The participants were drawn from Churches and Non-Governmental Organisations and the student fraternity. By the end of the conference, the participants were greatly inspired to help their respective communities as an effective means of witnessing the love of God to people around them.
The facilitator for the Vision Conference were Sunil Sheroon, Aamir Shahzad and Samuel Paul who leads LRI (Language Recording Institute). Additional facilitators were Rev. Dennis Tongoi and Rakhal Paul, wife of Samuel Paul who attended VC in Lahore and shared her testimony of seed project with the participants which was a source of great blessing and encouragement for all.
“It is our goal to disciple the participants and provide platforms of mutual sharing and encouragement as a catalyst for transformation among their respective communities,” says Sunil Sheroon.
"I have realized some of the traditional lies permeating from generation to generation to the other. We always knew Satan was the enemy but never realized how he use small lies to destroy our lives"
To this end, I have learned to encourage people to overcome this traditional orientations by seeking to understand their world view rather than discouraging them"
On my side, I am very pleased to attend the training and were enthusiastic to put in practice their learning.
From this training we shall work as a community to develop consensus around varied gifting’s and resources within our communities so that we can utilize to share the love of God.
Taking the Samaritan Message to the natives
The translation of the Samaritan Strategy Workbook in Urdu language has been completed which would facilitate a larger number of audiences since most of the people do not understand English language. We had two translation review workshops with select participants from the last year’s VC in Lahore, this has helped in bringing together a group of volunteers who are now committed as a team to take forward Vision Conferences in Pakistan. We still need further workshops to finalize the translation and contextualize the material according to the circumstances in Pakistan. Two Vision Conferences have been lined up in 2014 with a TOT in September for which Rev. Dennis Tongoi is the lead facilitator.