CARE IN THE KILNS

PCB 2023-Pakistan

Project Christmas Blessing reached thousands of people once again this year. PCB 2023 brought hope and cheer to impoverished children and families in the brick kilns of Pakistan.  Over $153,000 was contributed this year.

Church of God ministers and their families around the world were blessed with an offering from PCB. This donation has evolved as a large part of PCB in an annual effort to assist ministers and their families who are preaching the gospel in poor countries. We work in conjunction with others in the church to reach the native ministers who are working in other mission fields.

A team from the USA traveled to Pakistan, January 15-26. The team consisted of: Michael, Rene, and Vanessa Smith; Joelan Booher, Trenton, and Karissa Sallee. Dakota Doolittle, also part of the group, was unfortunately unable to meet up with the group due to flight cancelations.

A warehouse was rented before our arrival and a team of 8-10 Pakistanis worked on purchasing and packing food boxes for distribution. The team from the USA stayed in a Christian compound in Faisalabad due to safety concerns with staying in the local village with a pastor. The days were filled with packing trucks, services, and distributions.

There were 1100 families reached and thousands of children were blessed. Each family received a 35 lb. box of food, 44 lbs. of flour, 11 lbs. of rice, a soccer ball, a toy, cookies, and sweets. 4600 hoodies were purchased and distributed to the children in the brick kilns and in the two Christan schools.

Each morning, we would meet at the warehouse and load the truck. We would then travel to one or more brick kilns and have a service with the workers and their families. I preached a simple message about Christ’s first and second coming at each location. The message was similar at each place due to translation constraints. Many people sought the Lord in prayer. We would then have a distribution. It was often chaotic with hundreds of people and children pushing and shoving to get gifts, but the Lord helped the team to work together and accomplish the tasks. In the evening, we would return to the warehouse and count out supplies to prepare for the next day. The young people and the Pakistani team moved tons of supplies every day.

While there were safety concerns, God protected us on this trip. One day an Imam, a Muslim religious leader, got very angry at one of the natives in our group. It could have turned ugly very quickly, as it also could have with some of the crowd control problems we experienced; but God had His hand over us.

Vanessa traveled with us with some health issues which grew much worse while in Pakistan. We are thankful God helped her get home. Five months later, she is still very sick and we need a miracle from the Lord.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to PCB this year. It was a great blessing to thousands of people, and we trust God will reward you for your sacrifice.

Distribution Blessings

  • 1100 Family Aid Packs
    • 35# box of food
    • 44# flour
    • 11# rice
    • soccer ball, toy, cookies, sweets
  • 4600 Youth Hoodies
  • Financial blessings for 186 ministers/elders and their families.
  • Financial gifts to 52 teachers and orphanage staff members.
  • Additional outreaches in India and Mexico.
  • Planned: School and chapel work in Pakistan. Emergency food for families in Malawi.

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