On Monday February 14th, 2011 Bishop Mano Rumalshah spoke at the “Healing the Brokenness” breakfast hosted by Pleasant Hill’s Pastor Clements. Bishop Mano talked about the theology of “Radical Love and Hospitality.” A central image he describes is of God reaching down to all of creation with an embrace manifest in Jesus Christ. God’s love so great, He through Jesus Christ stretched out His arms wide to embrace the whole world and reconcile us to himself.
As Christian’s we have the opportunity and responsibility to be God’s arms embracing “the other” even if it is our enemy. Bishop Mano spoke of how the Christians of Pakistan do just that through their health centers and schools. He concluded his talk reminding us that before Paul was known as the disciple he was Saul of Tarsus, one who killed and persecuted the Christians.
On Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 Bishop Humphrey Peters spoke to the youth and Wednesday bible study group of Pleasant Hill Baptist. Ironically the youth of Pleasant Hill and the Christians of Pakistan have much in common. They both live in a war zone, where life is lost weekly with little to no news coverage. They both live in a place where Christian principles are lived out in the margins of society. The most significant thing they have in common is they are both a small group or remnant of believers who worship a Mighty God who works miracles. God is very clearly at work in both these communities in spite of the violence which dominates their landscapes.
On Thursday, February 17th, 2011 Both Bishop Humphrey Peters and Bishop Mano Rumalshah spoke at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Texas Heart Institutes Denton A. Cooley Auditorium on “Spirituality and Health” as guests of St. Luke’s Chaplaincy Department and the Institute for Spirituality and Health. According to the Bishops, in Pakistan, there is no separating health care and spirituality — they go hand-in-hand. For both Muslims and Christians, prayer is central to their way of life and their way of caring for the sick. The Mission hospitals staff seek to serve God’s people no matter who they are because this is what it is to love and care for their neighbors.
A man in the audience was a Muslim doctor from the Lahore, Pakistan. He stood during the question and answer segment of the program and attested to the mission hospital’s good service to all in their region of Pakistan. Oddly, this man’s lab services one of the Diocese of Peshawar’s Mission hospitals. He was thrilled to meet folks from home a world away in Houston, Texas.