The small church is being built in Hussain Khan Wala in Pakistan and will be the eighth church founded by Dr. Saleem Massey, a Pakistani Christian pastor.
The Ashland church, at 1930 Winchester Avenue, became involved with the ministry of Dr. Massey after one of its members, Dr. Greg Widener, professor of preaching at Kentucky Christian University, returned from a preaching tour of the Christian churches in Pakistan.
The small Christian congregation at Hussain Khan Wala was meeting outside of the village under a tree when Dr. Massey
decided a church building was needed.
When returning to Pakistan in 1989 after completing his studies at Cincinnati Bible Seminary, Dr. Massey founded the Pakistan Christian Evangelical Services with the goal of planting churches throughout the country.
To date, the eight churches now have a membership of more than 3,000.
Many of these congregations provide Christian schools for children.
Additionally, medical camps are conducted with the aid of visiting medical teams from the U.S. where anyone in need, Muslim or Christian, is able to receive free medical care.
Nicholson said this spirit of service has allowed Dr. Massey
to minister effectively to the Pakistani people.
The World Convention
of the Christian Churches
, the world organization with representatives from the churches of Christ (a capella), the Christian Church
and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has recognized Dr. Massey
as a partner for evangelism in Pakistan. His
funding efforts are endorsed by the World Convention, the International Disaster Emergency Services organization and the Christian Restoration Association