Bridges to Pakistan is a bridge of mutual friendship, interdependence, and respect: to empower God’s people in the US and Pakistan in challenging situations through the actions of Bridges to Pakistan and the Society of Underprivileged and Marginalized. (SUM-Pak)
Prayer: Jesus calls us to a prayer relationship with God for one another.
Radical Love: Jesus calls us to share His love through testimony, encouragement and support.
Relationship: Jesus calls us to a relationship of mutual trust, common purpose and reconciliation.
Engagement: Jesus calls us to mutual engagement and mutual benefit.
Empowerment: Jesus empowers us through the Holy Spirit to serve others, building God’s Kingdom.
In 2006, Bridges to Pakistan- a 501-3c non-profit organization was birthed from a longstanding relationship between the clergy and members of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas and the Rt. Rev. Mano Rumalshah, Bishop of the Diocese of Peshawar. Since the formation of Bridges to Pakistan, board members have originated out of St. John the Divine. From 2003 to 2006, Bishop Mano spoke annually exclusively as a guest lecturer of St. John the Divine where a faith friendship grew and deepened. During this time members and friends of St. John’s were moved to bring Bishop Mano’s message of the “radical love” the church of Pakistan embodied. They are living the commandment: Love your enemy is ways we can’t imagine as there Christian walk reflects on a daily basis the courage of the first century Christians and demonstrating such bold faith.
In 2010, due to the Patriot Act and because donations to the ministries in the Diocese of Peshawar in this area where growing beyond St. Johns, SUM-Pak a NGO (non-governmental organization) was established. had set up an NGO in Nepal-in the past.
Since its inception, Bridges has raised over $100,000 to minister to the Church of Pakistan by assisting with clergy salaries, providing flood relief supplies, responding to needs arising from the persecution of Christians, and helping to purchase land for new churches.