History of Youngsonabad

Youngsonabad is a Christian village in the Province of Punjab, Pakistan. It is located almost midway on the highway linking the cities of Shahkot and Nankana Sahib in the Punjab Province.

Youngsonabad was founded 1898 by the Rev. J.W. Johnson of Scotland

In that year he moved a number of converts to this area, to start a new settlement. The church and the manor were built then, that still stand to this day (see side bar)

Below, a picture of Youngsonabad church around 1910 (from this site) with some British ecclesiastical visitors and village elders.

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Below, one episode from the 1930s involving the world famous minister Bakht Singh

In June of 1937, Bakht Singh was invited to speak at Youngsonabad, one-and-half miles from Martinpur. Though both these cities were known as Christian villages, its residents were far from being Christians. Worldliness, immorality, in-church fighting, jealousy and hatred had become the way of life for many in these villages. When a group of men saw Bakht Singh traveling to the village, they inquired about his business. When he replied that he had come to pray, they replied, “Pray? You can pray the whole night, nothing will happen here. Many have come and gone. Don’t waste your time.” (Page 159). Bakht Singh took it as a challenge and went before the Lord in prayer that night.

A few days later he got an invitation to conduct ministry in Martinpur. For four days he preached, but nothing happened. In fact, while he preached, some in the crowd were smoking, laughing, joking and chatting amongst themselves. He had never seen such opposition and mockery. Many a nights and days he agonized in prayer. Then before closing on the last night, he asked if they will stand to pray with him. While he was praying, one man standing in front of him dropped to the ground, then a second, third and fourth. Soon all the people started to roll on the ground, pulling their hair, beating their chest and crying out, “Oh, Lord, have mercy on me: I am a sinner.” This continued for 4-5 hours. One of the elders came running and said to him, “Please stop this.” Bakht Singh said, “I did not start it.” The people wept and wept till 3 a.m. repenting of their sins. That same night, a man who was watering his field said that he saw a ball of fire falling to earth. Another man, while tending his sheep saw fire falling from heaven on the village. The work of God continued for a whole week. Conviction of sin caused the villagers to seek forgiveness from god and one another. People went from house to house reconciling with each other. All night prayer and worship meetings were common. People joyfully brought food, ornaments, etc. The whole village celebrated with a love feast because nearly everyone in the village came to know Christ. The villagers had a bon fire, burning every thing that was not of God, just as they did in Acts 19th chapter. Even, the village pastor and the school head master (one who mocked him when he came to pray), repented and trusted in Christ for salvation.

Following the revival, God raised up 70 young men and women to take the gospel to 35 to 40 villages. From Martinpur, they set out to Sialkot, a city 150 miles away, singing and praising God. Along the way they preached, testified and demonstrated the power of God. Along the way, Hindus, Muslims, and nominal Christians stood on both sides of the streets saying, “Please pray for me. Please pray for me.” God healed them all regardless of their religion.

One old man challenged them, “You say you are Christians and know how to pray. Please pray for rain.” Bakht Singh accepted the challenge, knelt down and prayed, “Lord, the old man says he wants rain, please send rain.” A few minutes later it poured rain. Such was the man’s child like faith and prayer. God used him in a great fashion to advance his kingdom declare his glory (pages 165-167)

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credit: images and history courtesy of youngsonabad.wordpress.com set up by David Perfetti. For more info please visit his website.

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