The Story Continues

I viewed the completion of writing my journey of forgiveness in the book I Choose to Forgive: An Intimate Journey with God” as an ending destination for me. Little did I know that God had so much more planned. First, the book went international immediately–without any effort on my part. Requests to publish this message on forgiveness have come from nearly every continent. Amazing. Then, the speaking requests began, many of which I’m unable to fulfill, such as the ones in Pakistan and Rwanda. But, a demanding speaking tour was undertaken through five countries of Europe when the German book was released. This spring there is a possibility of speaking engagements in French-speaking areas of Europe. Again, I’m amazed.

By far, however, the most amazing (there is that word again!) part of this continuing journey is in the relationship I have with the murderer of my son. This person, whom I once identified as first a Murderer and then a Monster, had become not only a Man for whom I prayed and corresponded, but my Brother in Christ! He now often writes of his love for me and my family. He once claimed we were his only family now, as he has lost contact with his blood family since being in prison. In his prison cell he fashioned a small, table-top podium on which I could place my Bible whenever I tell “our story of forgiveness.” He is using my book about his crime. . . and God’s forgiveness to testify to other inmates.

This is an on-going, ever developing story. ONLY GOD could have written this script! Amazing!

Stay tuned!

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The Response in Pakistan

The first “Launching Event” for the Urdu translation was held in Karachi, Pakistan on 11 February 2012. The response was amazing. This is from Eric Sarwar, the coordinator of the Urdu translation.

I can’t express my feeling in words about the successful and first launching in Karachi. It’s such a pleasure to share with you a great joy of launching ceremony and blessing which we experienced on this event. Ir was ecumenical gather of Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Pentecostals, Presbyterians and Evangelical churches. More that 100 participants attending this beautiful event.

Scholars, theologians, writers and teachers from various institutions commented on the importance of both books. But “I Choose to Forgive” moved the readers and commenters so much that they called you “Mother Mary of this Century” who forgave her son’s murderer and specially pointed that forgiveness is the DNA of our Father.

One participant suggested and commented that we need to organize teaching seminar on forgiveness by using this book and need to teach common people through these gatherings. The lady from St. Joseph Convent girls’ college and a man from the Evangelical Literature book shop were so much moved by reading and commenting on your book that they had tears in their eyes by sharing their thoughts about your book.

Poets recited beautiful poetry on the Passion and the Tehillim Worship Band filled the evening with songs of Passion and the devotional Psalms.

I am really feeling humble by writing, translating and publishing your book and blessed by this project to become a channel to share the message of love and forgiveness through these books. It is the first launching in Karachi and we are expecting a big turn out for the other four launching events in Pakistan.

Kindly join us in prayer for the rest of the events and distribution. I hope you will consider the teaching seminars in Pakistan on forgiveness, based on your book some time in Pakistan as this nation needs forgiveness and to be forgiven.

Thanks for your prayers and blessing!

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