Pierre Oosthuizen – February JOY! Article
– by Pierre Oosthuizen
Honour and the supernatural: In Pakistan, the world’s biggest Muslim country, Christians make up only 1% of the 200 million population and generally live in designated areas or colonies. On our first trip in February 2017, I was with Ole Endresen from Oslo who I met in Mozambique and who began to work with me in South Africa. We were hosted by a dear brother, Ps Alvin John of Biblical Faith Church in Marium Colony, Lahore, a city of 10 million people. We walked the couple of hundred metres from his house to the church through the narrow streets thronging with people, motorbikes, and carts.
Ps Alvin likes to quote a famous Pakistani leader who said, ‘Pakistan is not a nation, it’s a crowd.’ As we turned the last corner, I was surprised to see the alley cleared and a red carpet stretching from the corner to the door of the church. What followed was firecrackers, bouquets of flowers, flags, and garlands of roses. This was the most welcomed I’ve ever felt, and has been the norm everywhere I’ve gone in Pakistan, a culture that shows honour and respect to guests. I experienced it to a lesser degree in Africa – but never in our Western culture where honour is dying out. Honour is integral to the Kingdom, pleases God and releases the supernatural. Matthew 10:40 says, “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” You only receive from the gift you honour.
JOY! Magazine (February 2018)