Wilson presented the chief minister with several gifts, including cakes and a rolled-up carpet.
“The carpet can represent a place of prayer to ask God to help you to walk humbly with Him,” Wilson said softly, adding, “Inshallah,” the Arabic word meaning, “God willing.”
“Inshallah,” Shah said.
An Offer to Pray
As the 15-minute meeting wrapped up, Wilson offered to pray for Shah and his work. Shah immediately agreed and requested a special prayer for Sindh province, which he has led since 2016 and is one of four provinces in Pakistan.
The closing prayer caught the attention of Pakistan’s main newspaper, Dawn, which published a 12-paragraph news report about the meeting on June 10.
“The president of the church also prayed for the prosperity and development of Pakistan, particularly Sindh and its people,” it said.
National television also reported about the meeting.
Wilson arrived in Pakistan on June 7 for a four-day visit meant to encourage church members in Karachi; in Lahore, where the church headquarters of the Pakistan Union Section is located; and at Pakistan Adventist Seminary and College, which was founded in 1920 and has 400 students. The college, one of 15 schools operated by the church in Pakistan, is located about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Lahore. He provided live updates and many photos from the trip on his Facebook page and on Twitter.
Shine Like a Candle
Speaking at an Adventist church in Lahore on June 7, Wilson urged church members to shine like a candle in Pakistan and the world.
Opening a Bible, he read Jesus’ words in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (NKJV).
“That means to every one of the 204 million people in Pakistan,” Wilson told 100 church leaders and others in attendance.
“You might say, ‘That is the work of the Pakistan Union,” he said. “But the Spirit of Prophecy tells us, ‘The work of God in this earth can never be finished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work, and unite their efforts with those of ministers and church officers.’”