Devotion leads closer to God, Bishop Khalid Rehmat
Dhalwal: The national SOMA (School of Missionary Animation) was held at Dhalwal from July 10 to 14, 2023 under the leadership of His Excellency Bishop Khalid Rahmat, Chairman PMS/Bishop of Apostolic Vicariate, Quetta and Fr. Asif John, National Director along with Diocesan Directors. Ten members from various dioceses of Pakistan attended the national SOMA. This SOMA provided an opportunity for each director to address diverse topics, fostering engagement and contemplation among the members of the PMS.
The program commenced on July 10, as Fr. Asif John warmly welcomed all the members representing the different dioceses. In the initial session, Fr. Patrick Peter, PMS Director of Multan Diocese, delved into the spiritual aspects of the mission, while Fr. Asif Sardar, PMS Director of Lahore Archdiocese, shed light on the involvement of the PMS Mission and the local clergy. He also shared personal anecdotes during the second session.
On July 12, Fr. Zafar Iqbal, the Diocesan PMS Director of Faisalabad, presented a discourse on churches in Asia. Subsequently, Fr. Afzal Gulfam, Diocesan PMS Director of Karachi, explored the topic of the local church in subsequent sessions. Fr. Yasir Talib, the Diocesan PMS Director of Hyderabad, provided an in-depth examination of the scriptural foundations of the mission.
To promote camaraderie and leisure, a picnic was organized for all participants on July 13, allowing everyone to enjoy a day of relaxation and socialization. The final day commenced with a session where each Diocesan Director shared the activities undertaken within their respective dioceses. In the subsequent session, His Excellency Bishop Khalid Rahmat emphasized perspectives on PMS and Evangelization, offering valuable insights. He said that when we are faithful to God, it means that we trust that He will care for us, we follow where He leads, and we love Him in return. Faithfulness always leads closer to God but the only thing we have to trust on Him.
Concluding the program, the National Director expressed gratitude to Bishop Khalid Rahmat, all the Fathers and the participants for their contributions and participation throughout the event.
Dhalwal a village and union council, is an administrative sub-division, of Chakwal District in the Punjab Province of Pakistan, it is part of Tehsil Choa Saidan Shah. It’s a very old village that is linked with Raja Daulta Khan.
Dhalwal is predominantly Muslim with a small Christian minority.