Saturday, July 19, 2014


Christian activist Waheed Kashif fends off persecution daily in Pakistan 

By Verne Strickland  July 19, 2014  

Waheed Kashif is a Christian friend in Pakistan. We have corresponded for awhile. I have come to know him, his passion for serving Christ in a hostile environment, his courage while being persecuted in the workplace, his need to reach out to fellow Christians in the United States.

I am starting a series on his plight and his ministry HOPE FOR SUFFERING HUMANITY. It will tug at your heartstrings to read what he goes through in order to stay faithful to God.

He tells it all better than I ever could. Today I am going to publish some of our recent conversations. You will have an insider's view of what it is to live and work in a country where Christians walk in danger and fear.

Waheed apologizes unnecessarily for his English, which I tell him should never be a concern. He is improving, but I assure Waheed that he makes up for any language problems with his obvious sincerity and warm personality. 

Message exchange between Waheed Kashif and Verne Strickland

thanks so much,dear brother Jesus always guide us and u and help us,he loves us,holy spirit guide u and all his lovers that believe his cross and his blood,his grace broken all the chain of devil,u are doing great job in Christ,brother i visited it it is so powerful and bless blog,we are very thankful to u and your family and friends,we have faith it is much bless for many souls,your work is written always with the power of holy spirit,we are praying for u and all,we love u so much,GOD BLESS U,

*** Waheed sends many wonderful photos for you to view:

THESES ARE taken in srilanka there we was running a persuaded church,my wife with me,

brother how we are serving to poor and needy children in pakistan give them good foods,and good education,

brother i send u because it will be work for your blog and suffering humanity of our country,many souls are praying for u,brother we are nothing every thing happen with his will and time,GOD always is great,U ARE powerful writer,it is big blessing for u,he will bless u more and more very day, god bless u,

VS: You are too kind. I actually am disappointed with this first effort on my part. It should have been much more focused. Sorry. But this for me is a long-range effort, and many posts on my Facebook page as well as on USA DOT COM will be devoted to this informational effort which God Himself has endorsed. Right now I feel like Moses -- "Lord, why me? I am old, I am ill, I am inept. I can't free your people from the Egyptians." But Moses did what God challenged him to do. So, Waheed, with the direction of the Holy Spirit, and with you as my partner, we will make this work. This is only the first shot in a war -- a war to establish and protect a Christian presence in a hostile sector. I am so pleased that you have stuck by me and "pressured" me to get on board. I love you, brother. God bless you.

VS: It is early Saturday here in Eastern North Carolina and I am very worried about you. I have not heard from from you for over two days. I hope and trust that you will advise me of your situation without delay. I fear that somehow the high-profile stories about HOPE FOR SUFFERING HUMANITY may have gotten into the wrong hands. I pray urgently that you are well and not in danger. Please, Lord, keep my friend and Christian brother Waheed safe and well. Amen.

love u so much dear brother your kind words and love and prayer we are now safe and sound but we do not know about situation we are in his hand and he always keep us save and sound. brother we do not write freely u can just feel, our all around danger but we are safe, we do not fear because jesus with us.

brother fight with devil with the power of holy spirit,we want to complete his work fast, we want to complete a school for our little innocent children,as soon as possible in this way they can read and write in won school were there is no worry, u know how much worry in there school.nnworry,u know much worry in there school.

brother u write nice and powerful just thing what wrong me and what danger me just that words do not write,little is not worry.your words always be powerful hope your new blog of suffering humanity will be powerful and bless and many will change,

your hidden words understand usa people what u mean,i know your words always be bless for others,brother my English is not so good because it is not our mother languge.

brother most time i m persucted in my office i am only one christian there,it is electric power company,difficult to do job but what can we do,we are doing with faith and his grace, care and serve the suffering humanity is my passion and my work.

VS: I'm just relieved to know that you are safe. I was very worried. Thank God for watching over you. I'm so sorry to realize that you are being persecuted at your workplace because you are a Christian. I ask the Lord to be especially watchful, and change the hearts of your detractors. You are a wonderful example of how a Christian should respond to persecution. You are strong and resolute, and the Lord will favor you. I will continue with a second post on the wonderful mission. I would like to use some of your comments. They are powerful. Knowing of your plight would create much support and response here. Would this be a problem for you?

thanks so much brother,your prayer always give us blessing,brother hope u write in bless way and it will not create problems,for us.he is our lord GOD who give u power of writting,and wish,he loves u.

VS: There is more, but this might give you and idea of the stress Waheed feels as he does his daily job, helps with the many projects of the Christian mission in Pakistan. We'll provide another post soon. Meanwhile, please pray for him, for HOPE FOR SUFFERING HUMANITY, and, if you will for me. Please send your responses here. I'll have a direct contact with Waheed in my next post. Thank you and God bless all.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Christian Frontier Founded in Pakistan. See the First in an Exciting Series of Exclusive Reports:

Thursday, July 17, 2014


God has led me to a wonderful Christian minister and activist in Pakistan. We have corresponded and discussed how I can help convince Americans to get to know him and support the work of HOPE FOR SUFFERING HUMANITY. His name is Waheed Kashif. I am blessed to share this story with you.

Waheed Kashif, Executive Director of 

It will require a series of posts to cover this. As this is an on-going project in Pakistan, and in Sri Lanka I am going treat it as an open-end series to devoted to protecting and expanding decicated efforts by courageous Christians in hostile areas.

As I came to know Waheed, it was not very long before he won me over, through the power and love of the Holy Spirit -- the Comforter. I And although I am also a devoted Christian, I must admit that I was not an easy mark. But I am so thrilled and grateful that my hesitation and even doubt cost us time when we should have gone full speed ahead. 

I felt somehow that God had struck me with a divine lightning bolt, so compelling was the call to action.

My desire is to bring the powerful human and spiritual story of Christians in a land we know only in passing. This exclusive series, ordained by God, will take you inside the perilous but rewarding life of Waheed Kashif, who has lovingly shared intimate details of his world where every day is devoted to introducing youngsters to the Lord Jesus Christ for the first time.

I may call the series "New Christian Frontier Emerges in Pakistan". That will do for now. It's the exclusive story of modern Disciples who lovingly labor to spread the Holy Gospel in a troubled land a new Frontier for Jesus Christ That's good enough for starters. What I really hasten to do is get this started without delay. Waheed desperately wants to reach and inform the people of America about the work of endangered people in Pakistan who put their lives in jeopardy to have the Savior Jesus Christ -- the Redeemer, the Master -- in their lives. And he has enlisted my aid to help out.

For me this answers a lifelong dream to serve the Lord with the skill He has given me -- to utilize every possible communications avenue to praise God and spread the Word of His Salvation.

This will be a labor of love. What could be more exciting and constructive? Before I start, I will pray what I call The Writer's Prayer, which has served me well in my years of service in the Lord's behalf:

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be alway acceptable in Thy Sight, O Lord, my Strength and My Redeemer." Psalm 19:14 KJV. 

 Photos below of some of the people attending school and
training  at HOPE FOR SUFFERING HUMANITY in the troubled
country of Pakistan, that hope is coming from the Lord Jesus.

Waheed Kashif's photo.

Waheed Kashif's photo.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

ONCE A POET by Verne Strickland, November 11, 1976

ONCE A POET By Verne Strickland

November 11, 1976 Crown Center

good god it’s dark in Baltimore
and cold in Kansas City
and I’m headed for the bright lights
in a first class jet airplane
I have come across the country
in my prominence and glory
and the people who are waiting

hope I’ll let them buy me whiskey
I am living in the high time

but inside I’m sick and heavy
for my boys and my sweet woman
are at home cut loose and drifting.
that’s a winter sun that’s sinking
and it’s colder than my insides
and my mind is pale and sighing
maybe dying
but my life and times are fat
and stuffed with fortune fame and favor
and my vest is smart and fitted
and admired by poor Chinese
it is mine the gem you yearn for
I have bought it with my greed
and it’s all the hell and loneliness
you’ll need.