Patras Ghani wanted to be a priest from his childhood. He was born into a poor family so when he was old enough he went to the seminary to start his training. He studied six years and worked one year in pastoral work until his parents became so ill it was necessary for him to leave the seminary and return home to care for his suffering parents. He found a job working as the security guard of the local high school.
The Suffering Humanity Ministry
Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan
Because he worked at night Patras was able to spend a lot of time in prayer during the day. One day while in prayer, he was experiencing a wonderful time in the spirit and fellowship with the Lord and as he became deeper and deeper in the Spirit he heard God say, "Come, I will show you very special things." While in the presence of the Lord the Principal of the high school was trying to get his attention because the electricity was off and they need him to turn on the large generator. The principal was shaking Patras but he was not responding because he was so entranced by the Spirit of God. He did come back to consciousness and turned on the generator for the school. The principal was so impressed she hired him as the office clerk the next week. This made it possible for Patras to work during the day and it gave him more salary for his family as he continued caring for his parents.
Patras is married to Rahat Barkat and they have three daughters and one son who are all school age.
Patras started the Serve the Suffering Humanity Ministry of Pakistan in order to help people have better food, clothing, education, and a way to preach the teaching and truths of the Bible, as he worked to bring Christianity to the suffering lives of the Pakistani people. His passion for the suffering people motivates him continuously seek better ways to improve their lives. In his daily prayers he petitions God for answers and means to help the suffering around him.
It is his desire to build a church so people can come to hear the Word of God without being threatened, and to have a place where truth is being shared out of the Bible. This is a difficult thing to get started in his area of Pakistan because it is so dangerous. Patras feels it is noteworthy to explain the condition of Pakistani Christians. Christians in Pakistan are much discriminated against on the basis of religion since the Muslims will not mix with Christians. As Christians, they cannot eat with the same type plates as Muslims do or drink with the same type glasses. Muslims are of the view that Christians may contaminate their plates and glasses if they use them. In public hotels and restaurants, Christians have to declare that they are Christians, so that they can use the plates and glasses specially kept for the Christians, which are often in bad condition. The syllabus for the children in government schools is also discriminatory. They teach that everyone is Muslims, and that Pakistan is a Muslim country. Christian children are forced to study Islamic Books. So, keeping all these facts in view, Serve The Suffering Humanity Ministries came into being to give children a biblical education, along with fair formal education.