By Sheraz Khan, Special to ASSIST News Service
GLASGOW, United Kingdom (ANS – June 23, 2017) — Pastor Fredrick D’Costa, a Pakistani-British pastor of the New Mercy Asian Church Glasgow has made an appeal for financial assistance to Christians around the world for setting up a radio ministry.
“I would like to appeal to Christians, churches and ministries around the world to give us financial assistance for setting up a radio ministry,” said Pastor D’Costa.
Born in Karachi, the southern port city of Pakistan, Pastor D’Costa has been serving as a minister of the New Mercy Asian Church Glasgow since 2007.
In an exclusive ANS interview, Pastor D’Costa said: “God has given me a calling to take Jesus Christ’s message of love, hope and acceptance to people in the four corners of the world through a radio ministry.”
He maintained that pastors from diverse national, cultural, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds would be invited to preach from the platform of his radio ministry. Pastor D’Costa stated that the radio ministry would run under the umbrella of the New Mercy Asian Church and would broadcast a range of programs aimed at helping people meet their spiritual, social and educational needs.
“The radio ministry would also broadcast programs on current affairs,” he added.
Pastor D’Costa said that setting up of the radio ministry would help him preach to more people stating that at present he only gets an hour for preaching on a local FM radio.
He said that the church needed approximately £15,000 ($19.084 USD) to set up the radio ministry.
Pastor D’Costa told ANS that although he was born in a Christian family in Pakistan he remained a nominal Christian until 1989.
Pastor D’Costa went to the St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Karachi from 1994-1997.
He served as an ordained minister in Pakistan from 1997-2001. When asked to share his experience in the seminary, Pastor D’Costa said that he was “very passionate” to preach the Word of God to Muslims, however, he did not get much support from the seminary management to do evangelism among other nations. He went on to say that he and some other like-minded seminary students set up the “Narrow Gate Ministry” to do evangelism to non-Christians in Pakistan.
Pastor D’Costa stated that the seminary education should be predicated on the 5-pole ministry as is advocated in the book of Ephesians (Chapter 4:11) in the Bible. “People should serve people in their gifted area after having been ordained from the seminary,” he said.
He expressed dissatisfaction on the quality of the Christian leadership in Pakistan and called for an increased emphasis on education.
“Education helps change mindsets. I am hopeful that the quality of Christian leadership would improve as more and more people get education,” said pastor D’Costa.
Asked to share what led him to set up the New Mercy Asian Church, Pastor D’Costa said that when he moved to Glasgow in January 2002, he discovered that there were no Urdu-speaking Asian church in Glasgow. Pastor D’Costa said he began a monthly fellowship with a few Pakistani Christian families in 2002.
In 2007, he said, he founded the New Mercy Asian Church in Glasgow. The pastor claimed that the church is the biggest Asian Pentecostal church in Glasgow. “People of all faiths including Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs come to the New Mercy Asian Church for deliverance,” he told ANS.
The pastor stated that apart from serving as minster of the church, he has been doing evangelism from other platforms. He said that he has been preaching on Radio “Khushkhabri,” an Urdu radio ministry, on Sky Channel 0151 since 2003. He said he has also been preaching on Glory TV for last seven years.
Pastor D’Costa said that the New Mercy Asian Church has been inviting international preachers and gospel singers for the last eight years. He credited the successful hosting of these programmes to the commitment and dedication of his congregation.
Pastor D’Costa disclosed that they were planning to set up a branch of the New Mercy Church in Edinburgh. He said he had appealed to the English-speaking churches in Edinburgh to let them use their building for an Asian service on Sundays until they have rented a building of their own.
When asked why it was important for people of an Asian background to have an Asian church, Pastor D’Costa said that the presence of an Asian church holds incredible importance for the Asians who don’t speak English. “An Urdu-speaking service provides an opportunity to this group of people to continue to have a relationship with God,” he said.
ANS asked pastor D’Costa why a very few Pakistani-British Christians held prominent positions in the British institutions, the pastor said that the Pakistani Christians who came to the United Kingdom a few decades ago did not place emphasis on their children’s education. He stated that there is a growing realization amongst the Pakistani Christians who arrived in the UK recently that education is the key to full integration into the British society.
Pastor D’Costa said he stresses the importance of getting higher education to young members in his congregation.
Editor’s note: If you would like to give financial assistance to the New Mercy Asian Church Glasgow, please contact Pastor Fredrick D’Costa. His email address is: email@example.com
Photo captions: 1) Pastor Fredrick D’Costa while preaching in the New Mercy Asian Church. 2) Pastor Fredrick D’Costa being interviewed. 3) Congregation of the New Mercy Asian Church Glasgow. 4) Sheraz Khan.
About the writer: Sheraz Khan is a Pakistani-British journalist. He lives in Scotland. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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