Ambulance drive from Germany to PakistanJean-Pierre has Arrived Pakistan safely and delivered the Ambulance to the local church
He is rejoicing and thanks everyone for their prayers!
Jean-Pierre (“JP”) Rummens with Marcel and Philipp
FTH Germany Director drove an ambulance, equipped with medical supplies, departed Germany to Pakistan despite recent violence in the region. A mission trip to deliver medical supplies to a Church in Pakistan, sending a medical team in to serve the mountain people, who are neglected and forgotten after the last Earthquake. Following is the exciting travelling notes of Jean Pierre Rummens. JP has used 3 years to prepare for this trip, he was in Hong Kong last year shared his vision with some of the local churches. Thank you for your donation, encouragement and support – many forgotten people are blessed because you care.Count down – Friday, March 20, 2009
Germany – I am constantly in contact with Pastor Salik. He informed me the situation in Pakistan and Lahore has calmed down. I would not say that we can talk about a peaceful country. This region will be in unrest for a long time to come. Challenge to us, to be a witness for JESUS in this time of history. Thursday, March 26, 2009
Germany - When I did my quite time, I asked the LORD to speak to me through His word. When I opened my Bible, the Great Commandment came up. This was what we were called to do. We will bring the gospel to Pakistan with this ambulance. We will share the love of Christ with the hill people.Saturday, March 28, 2009
Germany / Switzerland - Right after the TV film crew left, we also took off. When we came to the border, they had already closed. With our special documents we cannot just go through. I needed a stamp that said I left Germany in order to get the tax back that we paid. So we parked behind a long line of trucks, which were asking for the same thing. A Swiss female custom officer jumped on a truck driver so bad, that I was thinking that we didn’t want to get her. But guess what, we got her. She still looked very mean, but when we explained our mission to her, she became very nice and helpful. She stamped our papers and even came out of her little office and told the officer at the gate what our mission was and asked him to let us through right away. So we drove passed about 50 trucks towards the gate. At the gate, the officer stopped us again. I thought he will check the papers and passports. But he did not. He wished us all the best, good luck and travel mercies. That was really nice! We arrived in Zurich late that night. On Friday we went to Peter Haslers’ church (FTH Director Switzerland). We all had a great and nice time with Pastor Peter in his beautiful church. Pastor Peter was with Brother Lester Sumrall in Jerusalem, when brother he received the vision from the LORD for FTH. Monday, March 30, 2009
Italy - Hi everybody, greetings from Italy. It is cold and rainy. Today we had a short meeting with a sponsor. It was a strange feeling being here in Venice again. I recalled during the many weeks and months I spent in Croatia and Bosnia during the war, when I had enough, I would drive over here on the weekends to get away from all the messes in Bosnia. To be here with this memory with my two boys, I felt this was special.Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Greece/Turkey - I got a nice and lovely email today. A car driver obviously saw our email address by passing by us and sent us a mail to say he wishes us all the best for our journey. We are aware of the attack in Lahore. I will keep an eye on that. In about two hours we will enter the ferry to Greece. Thursday, April 2, 2009
Turkey - Just 3 hours away from Turkish border. At Custom, It was difficult to find someone approved our papers. Every officer refused to stamp our custom papers. I hope we can get the tax back when we return to Germany. From there we went straight towards Istanbul. People walking along the highway or even cross it. Can you imagine, I am driving at 150 Kilometers an hour, and there is a donkey on the right hand lane. Well this is Turkey! Nothing comes as a surprise!
We are in the army of the LORD and for a mission to bring the gospel, to bring healing to the hurting people of Pakistan. We plan to cross the border into Iran on Tuesday morning. And I believe we might be at our final destination on Good Friday. It would be nice to park the Ambulance on Easter Sunday in front of the church.……thanks for praying.
Spoke with Pakistan today, everything was on schedule at their end. They were still working on the papers to get the Ambulance tax free into Pakistan.Saturday, Apirl 4, 2009
Istanbul – We were in Istanbul at the moment. On the Greek side, the Custom Office called an inspector and gave order to exam the vehicle. The female officer came over and thought we have converted an ambulance into a camper; but when Marcel opened the back door and she saw the orange stretcher and the medical equipment, she became very nice and gave us all the stamps we needed. Tuesday, April 6, 2009
Turkey - Getting ready to cross into Iran Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Iran - We just did a little tour in Theran. We will took a plane from the border to Lahore together with Salik John. We spent the night in the car. That's what we had to do, also the next two nights. We would arrive in Lahore on Friday. We would fly out of Lahore on Thursday morning.Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Iran - Bad news out of Pakistan yesterday & today; first a suicide bombing in Islamabad and then today a suicide bombing in Chakwal which was in the central part of the country (a city in the north of Punjab State). Would the border be opened just in time?Thursday, April 9, 2009
At the Iranian Border - JP called and he's stuck at the Iran/Pakistan border. The border has been closed for two days because of unrest in Quetta. Monday, April 13, 2009
JP has arrived in Lahore! - JP called from Quetta, Pakistan... they made it through the border and will clear the vehicle through Customs in Quetta. He's met up with Salik John from the Evangelical Fellowship of Pakistan and they'll get a good night’s rest and then go to Lahore; then back to Germany on Tuesday or Wednesday.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS, they have been so precious to have open heaven to bless this trip. It will always be a very memorable trip to JP and his two boys, many lives would not be the same because people like them and people like you willing to help.
Friday. It would be nice to park the Ambulance on Easter Sunday in front of the church. That would be great, but I will not put myself under any kind of pressure. This could become “unhealthy”, driving tired……Thanks for praying. I believe GOD for seeing you all in South Bend this summer. Any way to drive there…….
Jp, Marcel and Philipp