Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N. C. Wilson prayed and shared biblical advice with an influential Pakistani leader even as he encouraged church members to shine as a light in Pakistan.
Wilson, who was making his first visit to Pakistan, and an accompanying delegation were warmly welcomed by the leader of Pakistan’s Sindh province to his ornate Chief Minister House in Karachi, the country’s largest city and commercial hub, on June 9, 2019.
Wilson thanked Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah for the religious freedom that the authorities grant people of all faiths, and he highlighted the Adventist Church’s efforts to build the society and relieve suffering through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Karachi Adventist Hospital, and Pakistan Adventist Seminary and College.
“We want to provide assistance in every way as we follow in the ministry of Christ,” Wilson said.
“I hope, Your Excellency, that Adventists — although we are small in number in comparison to the general population — are the very best citizens possible,” Wilson added, smiling. “If they are not, tell me.”
Shah, a graduate of Stanford University in the U.S. state of California, chuckled and expressed familiarity with the 138-bed Karachi Adventist Hospital, established in 1947.
The Adventist Church has about 13,000 members in Pakistan, a country of 204 million people.
Sharing Leadership Advice
Wilson asked Shah whether he could share some leadership advice from the Bible. With the chief minister’s consent, he recited Micah 6:8 from memory, saying, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”