Twelve21 Mission March 2014 Newsletter

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Published on March 15, 2014

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ministry newsletter from Tom Mullenix & Twelve21 Mission

DECEMBER 2013 3620 Cross Bend Rd. Plano, TX 75023 | 214-876-8130 | Tom’s Reflections The Lord’s fingerprints are all over my now-completed mission trip to Pakistan. It began with a “chance” meeting between Laura and a young couple during the North American Christian Convention last summer. We were there to exhibit Laura’s ministry to ministry wives and they were there to exhibit Sam’s ministry in Pakistan (he is Pakistani). We hit it off and determined to keep in touch. When Sam Gill learned about my deportation from India, he contacted me and said, “Why don’t you consider coming to Pakistan?” It seemed that the Lord was redirecting me toward an open door. After prayer & consideration, I moved forward. Our God made short work of my visa to enter Pakistan, we began scheduling and planning. A two-day seminar studying the Holy Spirit was to be the centerpiece of the trip, plus other opportunities to encourage believers and hopes of some covert contacts with Muslims. Christians are a small minority in Pakistan, about 3% of the population. Islam reigns, with nearly 97% of the people Muslim (as I learned in 72 differing sects). Pakistan is one of the “darkest” places, spiritually, in the world. Social advantages are directed toward the Muslim majority; a Christian is going against the flow to gain a government job or achieve in any way. Corruption and thievery is part of life there. Some Christianity there is more due to culture than to conversion. On this trip, I would be starting on the ground floor; with hopes of developing some positive rapport with the believers there and encouraging them. Laura began to recruit prayer partners for this vital mission – praise God, 62 committed to cover this trip in prayer. The Pakistani believers embraced me from day one: I had the opportunity to stay in the home of Sadiq Gill, Sam’s father, and to spend time with much of his extended family. We hit it off immediately, many of the teens in the family speak English, and spiritual conversations ensued. The church members welcomed me with a shower of rose petals and responded favorably to my Sunday message. Evening Bible studies, which I

developed from a list of topics suggested by the Pakistanis, were presented to a living room packed with people. Soon, they were discussing how they could keep me there! Sam Gill had planted the New Hope Christian Church as a young man, a little over 10 years ago. He also helped to launch an elementary school. He then came to the United States to attend Boise Bible College and has just earned a Masters in Divinity at Cincinnati Christian University. He met Brittany at Boise and they are now expecting their first child. He is a quality Christian servant. I am confident that he will use his education and leadership skills well to advance Christ’s kingdom in Lahore, Pakistan. The church and ministry had laid quality groundwork for the proposed seminar about the Holy Spirit (scheduled for February 28 & March 1). They had printed quality fliers, advertised on a cable TV community calendar, and arranged for chairs, refreshments and meals. The seminar was attended by ministers from many different denominations, church members and people from the immediate community. AND, a local Christian cable station recorded it on video, both days. In addition, they had Sam and I record a “commercial” for the next day’s session. On Saturday, as I was getting dressed for day two, I heard my voice coming from a television. It was from Friday’s lesson (# 2). The cable station had already begun to show the seminar. This channel has a potential coverage area of 500,000! Some Muslims have been known to watch that station’s programming, too. There is even a potential that the seminar video could be offered to even more Christian cable stations in Pakistan. We were attempting to keep a low profile in Pakistan on this trip. Laura reminded me of that in a text message, and I responded, “I guess the Lord just UN-low-profiled me.” Please join us in prayer that our Lord will use the study on the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen believers, motivating them to expand Christ’s kingdom. Pray also that Muslims who watch will become curious and begin to read the New Testament. [John 16:7 was the launch point for the seminar. Topics: Basics about the Holy Spirit; his method of operation has changed from the Old Testament to the New Testament; Changing our character; helping us to defeat our sinful nature; making our witness effective; and spiritual gifts. Because so many asked about “tongues,” we spent special time on that subject] We traveled on March 2 to visit a village church (planted by New Hope). As we were preparing to leave (after dinner), a church leader with us noticed a spirit shelf in his brother’s home – his brother is a significant member of the village church. Sheffy convinced his brother and his family that the shelf was actually separating them from Jesus, and that they needed to get rid of it and honor Jesus only. (Spirit shelves are quite common throughout the world and are used to appease evil spirits or ancestors). We destroyed the shelf’s contents, read Joshua 24 and prayed for cleansing. Please join us in prayer that the family will experience the blessing of Jesus and be sold out to him. I had the opportunity to preach about unity at a Pentecostal church on March 3. Jesus’ prayer for us in John 17:20-23 – our unity enhances our witness for Christ. Sad to say, Satan reads the Bible and works hard to prevent our unity.

We visited a Muslim shrine on Tuesday. I could feel Jesus’ heartbeat as I saw hundreds, “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” People seeking spiritual blessing at the tomb of a dead Muslim leader – they need to learn of their risen Lord and Savior! I challenged the Christians of Lahore to use the Muslim call to prayer as our call to prayer – for workers for the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38). I experienced rapport, excitement and gracious response to my messages from Christians there (and continual requests to return some day). The sky is the limit to how our God will choose to use the video and the believers in Pakistan. I am praying that many Muslims will find their way out of darkness because of the faithfulness of our brothers and sisters there. This trip was possible because of your faithfulness. Thank you for being willing to pray, give and encourage Twelve21 Mission. We are grateful. Laura’s Reflections We continue to move forward with Twelve21 Mission and are in awe of how God is putting it all together. Tom's trip to Pakistan was evident of God taking the deportation and redeeming it! We treasure each prayer, financial gift and encouraging word. Thank you! All gifts to Twelve21 Mission are tax-deductible. For Jesus’ sake, Tom & Laura “In His name the nations will put their hope.” Matthew 12:21

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