PAKISTAN FELLOWSHIP OF EVANGELICAL STUDENTS
PROPOSAL TO ACQUIRE PFES STUDENT CENTRE
Pakistan Fellowship of Evangelical Students exist to reach College and University students in Pakistan with Gospel of Jesus Christ and to send them into the world to bear witness to Christ and His teaching.
In 1956 a young man with a vision and sense of personal call, Gordon Olson, came to Pakistan to work among university students in Lahore with a view to establish an evangelical studentís fellowship. In 1964 Mr. Olson had to fly back home due to medical reasons. He recommended that young man who had been working with him be made the first full time national staff worker in the country. Thus he handed over this ministry to Mr. Maqbool Gill. He carried on this work till 1969, and by then there were indications all over the country that God had begun to prepare a number of people to join this ministry.
In August 1969 a few friends interested in the service and formation of such a Fellowship were invited to a meeting held at Marsden cottages, Murree. In this meting the newly emerging studentsí movement was given the name of Pakistan Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
In 1970 Mr. B.U. Khokhar replaced Michael Nazir Ali, (now the Bishop Michael Nazir Ali) eventually becoming the first national General Secretary. With the help of expatriates and national workers local committees and cell groups were established in Karachi, Hyderabad and Lahore. The most prominent figure who laboured with Mr. Khokhar was Mrs. Tara James. Who served the Fellowship for nineteen years as staff and then Executive Secretary. At the close of seventies, PFES by Godís grace stood on firm grounds as an Evangelical and National Fellowship acknowledged by the Church in Pakistan.
In 1980 Mr. Irfan Jamil, then staff worker took over as General Secretary and served the Fellowship for seventeen years. The work was developed a great deal under his leadership. During this time the work was expanded to the main cities of the country. In 1997 Rev. Irfan Jamil left PFES and Rev. Silas Samuel joined as third General Secretary for three years term. Rev. Silas Samuel migrated to America in July 1999 and God provided Mr. James mall to lead the Fellowship as an Executive Secretary† for two years.
In March 2001 Mr. Philip Chandi, then staff worker in Rawalpindi with additional responsibility of Training and Development Secretary elevated to the post of General Secretary. Now by Godís grace the Fellowship has staff in ten cities (Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Peshawar) and works in six extension cities. The PFES now has sixteen staff workers, including the General Secretary.
In past many years God used the Fellowship to give quality leadership to the Church in Pakistan. The PFES Graduates are applying Gospel values in their work and in society. Few names who have served the Fellowship and are being used effectively in the Church for the extension of His Kingdom are Rev. Dr. Aslam Ziai (Vice Principal, Gujranwala Theological Seminary),††††††††† Rev. Irfan Jamil (vicar St. Thomas Church, Islamabad and Advisor to the Bishop of Lahore for Evangelism), Mr. Samuel Lyall (International Director of Ministry Development for FEBA Communications), Mr. Joseph Robert (Engineer working in Saudi Arabia), Mr. Salamat Masih (Serving the Church in Finland), Rev. Dilshad Alam (Serving in USA), Dr. Christy Munir (Vice Principal, Forman Christian College), Mr. Zafar Iqbal (Chief accountant, Forman Christian College), Mr. Ifrahim Matthew (General Secretary, Potohar Evangelistic Outreach Fellowship), Rev. Silas Samuel (Serving in USA), Rev. Christopher Edgar (Serving in Kuwait) and many more.
What does PFES exist for?
How does PFES work?
Students and Graduates are invited to participate in
Student Centre Project.
The Pakistan Fellowship of Evangelical Students has its National office and General Secretaryís residence at 45-F.C College, Lahore since 1971. We are paying license fee for this property to Christian Education Endowment Trust, the manager of this property. In September 2003 the Christian Education Endowment Trust served us a notice to vacate 45-F.C. College property within six weeks. It was not possible for us to vacate the property on such a short notice. After negotiation with the Christian Education Endowment Trust, we have made some adjustments with the Trust. They agreed to give us part of the property for office use and residence of General Secretary. That is a very small place and we are trying to adjust ourselves in this new situation. The recent development is that the Christian Education Endowment Trust, want the PFES to vacate the property (presently available for PFES) within months which is alarming for the Fellowship.
The PFES Administrative Board has planned to acquire its own property as soon as possible. We have seen a double story building at Kot Lakhpat, Peco Road, Lahore. The location of this property is ideal for the PFES ministry.†
This student centre will be available for college and university students, graduates and PFES related organizations. The place will be used for following purposes.
i. PFES National office.
ii. Library for students, staff and friends.
iii. Facilities for teaching sessions, seminars, get-togethers and special meetings.
iv. Study room for students.
v. Residence of General Secretary.††
The property will cost us 6 million rupees (US$103,500). The bifurcation of the amount is as under.
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Purchase Price of the property† † 4,550,000/-
Registration and Transfer††††††††††††††††††††† ††† 450,000/-
Required Renovation and Furnishing†† 1,000,000/-†††††††††††††††††††
†† Total†† 6,000,000/-
The initial amount of Rs.500,000/- has been paid and rest of the amount we have to pay within one year time.
We praise God for the response we are getting from friends and donors. Hilfe Fur Bruderís, Germany who has given us Rs.263,000/- for this project and has committed to raise more funds for this project. We are also thankful to the J.W. Laing trust who has contributed 5000 Pounds for this project. We have received Rs11000/- from our other friends.
Our Lahore Graduates Fellowship has committed to give 200,000/- rupees. We hope that we will be able to raise 1000,000 rupees within the country from our graduates and friends
Now we are in need of 5,200,000/- rupees (US$ 89,700/-) to purchase this property. We will update you on monthly basis how God is helping us in this project.†
We request you to prayerfully consider our request and help us to raise this amount to buy the property for the PFES Student Centre. Please make your cheque pay able to ďPakistan Fellowship of Evangelical StudentsĒ and send to the Treasurer, PFES, 45-F.C College, Lahore-54600, Pakistan. Our US$ account No. 111-0130-6 and PLS Saving A/c No. 100-1742-9 at United Bank Limited, Liberty Branch, Lahore.††††
For further information contact us on the address given below.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
Yours in Him,
PFES, 45-F.C. College
† My Response
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The total area of the Student Centre is 8850 square feet and the cost per square foot is Rs. 700/-(US$12).† We would encourage you to participate with us and help us to purchase the PFES Student Centre.
1. I will be happy to contribute towards PFES Student Centre,
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Rs.350/- (US$6)†† Rs.700/- (US$12)†††† Rs.1400/- (US$24)†††† Rs.3500/- (US$60)††† Rs.7000/-(US$120)†††††
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2. I would like to pledge a sum of Rs. ___________ and I will give in _________ installments.
My/our cheque No. ___________________ dated ____________
Drawn on ______________ of rupees ____________ is enclosed.
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