Those of you who attended the latest circuit Meeting would have been privileged to hear the guest speakers here is a little bit of information about their calling.
Bishop Nick writes ...
From Pakistan to Bradford
In 2001 The Revd Dominic Moghal responded to god's call to come to the Diocese of Bradford to help the church in its engagement with the growing number of people of Pakistan heritage. At that time, Dominic was director of the Christian Study Centre in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
In 2007 Dominic was ordained at Bradford Cathedral. He served a curacy at St Saviours Fairweather Green and is currently Community Outreach Priest in the Bradford Moor Cluster. Dominic's wife Awais has been active in the same field working at the Touchstone Methodist Centre in Bradford advocating and promoting interfaith and intercultural understanding. Awais has over 10 years experience of networking, project managements, and coordinating and liaising with people of different faiths and cultures.
We have benefited enormously in the diocese of Bradford from Dominic's work as a consultant in interfaith relations, his teaching, his wisdom and advice, his ministry as a priest and his ability to help churches to reach out to their Muslim neighbours.
From Bradford to Pakistan
Dominic and Awais have recently been accepted as CMS mission partners preparing to go to Pakistan. They will be providing theological and missiological support to the churches in Pakistan through visiting lectures, leadership, training, mentoring and pastoral care. This is in response to a specific request of the Diocese of Hyderabad, church of Pakistan, as well as CMS.
Pakistan is at a critical stage in its history and Awais and Dominic will seek to support work between the minority faith communities and the majority Muslim community both within the country and internationally. they will engage with the leaders of other faiths, facilitating research, promoting understanding and faith sharing. They will also facilitate exchange visits. We hope that this will include visits to and from Bradford and Pakistan as well as elsewhere. This is not an easy call for either of them.
Mission Partners for your Church?
You may already support mission partners in your church and this is not to ask you to change course in any way - but perhaps some who read this might be looking for a mission partner to support? It would be great if Dominic and Awais can be supported and sent by churches in the Diocese of Bradford.
You may prefer to make a one off donation to show support - that too would be appreciated. Donate now.
Can I commend dominic and Awais to you all for your prayers as they make preparations to leave Pakistan in the summer. Please also pray for their children who remain here.
Yours ever in Christ.