Dear Bothers and Sisters,

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen! The days and weeks after Holy Pascha (Easter) offer us many opportunities to see and hear all the wonderful things Christ has done, is doing, and will do on our behalf. The Orthodox Mission in Pakistan has two pieces of news that do exactly this.

Repose of Fr John's Mother
Fr John asked us to pray for the repose of his mother, Regina, who fell asleep in the Lord on May 4 of this year, at the spectacular age of 110!  No typo’s here – one hundred ten years old. She and his father were the first two converts to Orthodox Christianity after Fr. John was ordained. She had lived alone in her own house until 5 years ago, when she came to live with Fr. John and Rosy.
Even to the end, her mind was clear, she was able to get around and basically care for herself. She had heart failure in her sleep, and passed peacefully into the presence of Christ. He said she was always a very religious and devout person as a Roman Catholic, and she would come to him for a blessing whenever he departed on a trip in service to the church. Upon her death, the large house that she owned about an hour away from Lahore is being donated to the Orthodox Church. Fr John asks that we all pray for discernment concerning how best to use this gift. 

Receiving many families into the church
In other exciting news, there are currently 30 families (over 100 people) ready to be received into the Orthodox Church in a small village that is closer to the church in Waziribad than to Lahore. Fr. John has been meeting with them for quite some time. They are now preparing to join by getting a court document that certifies that they are acting of their own free will in converting. Each person needs to supply this document, so Fr. John is waiting for this process to be complete before he schedules a date for them to  be baptized and to join the Church. We ask that you remember them in their prayers, as converting from one faith to another can be a dangerous thing to do in Pakistan. 

Thank you to all our supporters!
We would like to say thank you to all the faithful supporters of OMP. These last few years, you have been  steadfast supporters of Fr John's missionary efforts, and your continued assistance, both in your finances, as well as your prayers, has enabled the mission to continue preaching the Gospel. I pray that God will not only bless those who will benefit from the services funded by your gifts, but that He will also bless you for your generosity. 

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