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18TH ANNUAL PBS SPORTS FESTIVAL 2019: The Pakistan Bible Society 18th Christian sports festival was inaugurated on Friday July 05, 2019 at Forman Christian College and Chartered University grounds at 5:00PM. This program was arranged to promote the interfaith harmony and brotherhood for the development of the beloved country. Peace through sports is the slogan of this festival. The program started at 5:45 PM with a little delay to wait for the guests. The chief guest of this program was the Ch. Muhammad Amin, Member of Provisional Assembly, Punjab, Pakistan. The program was started with prayer by Rev. Azar Mushtaq, Vicar, Holy Trinity Church, Nila Gumbad, Lahore and General Secretary Designate Pakistan Bible Society. The verses of the Holy Quran were recited by the Qari Abdul sitar Ahmad. Mr. Justus Nassir welcomed the guests on behalf of the General Secretary and staff of the Pakistan Bible Society. He also conveyed greetings on behalf of the General Secretary, Mr Anthony Aijaz Lamuel as he could not join this program due to international meetings. After that the ministry and the purpose of the sports festival was shared by Justus Nassir. Mr. Irfan Francis shared the brief report of the previous and current sports festival. The children from St. Thomas Church, Charharh, performed skits for guest’s entertainment. The Garlanding to the guests was made to welcome them in the program. The study Bibles and bouquets were presented to the Chief Guest and all the distinguish guests were garlanded and given the Urdu Study New Testaments. Maulana Asim Makhdoom Sahib appreciated the efforts of the Pakistan Bible Society and encouraged the youth to be faithful to the country. Ch. Muhammad Amin MPA also appreciated the Pakistan Bible society work and extended his cooperation to work for the country development. He also shared that Government of Pakistan will fully endorse the Pakistan Bible Society for noble tasks in the country and always will be instrumental in providing any assistance, if needed. There were Maulna Asim Makhdoom, Allama Asghar Arif Chisty, Hafiz Naumman Hameed Sahib, The representative of Peer Shafiat Rasool Noory Sahib, Dr. Badar Munir Sahib, Mr. Babar kamal, Cedric Wasim Shah, Mrs Victoria Patrick, Rev Rocky, Rev. Robin Qamar, Rev Qamar Masih, Rev. Samuel Azeem, Rev. Yousaf Samuel, and other distinguish guests in the program. The opening ceremony was done in the cricket ground with cutting the ribbon and releasing the balloons. The basketball and football opening ceremonies were done in the respective grounds. At the end refreshments were served in the VIP lounge of the cafeteria for the special guests and the players were served in the Lucas center. CLOSING CEREMONY FOR PBS 18TH SPORTS FESTIVAL 2019 It was a rainy day on Saturday July 20, 2019 when PBS had arranged closing ceremony of PBS 18th Sports Festival in the grounds of the Forman Christian College (Chartered University), Lahore. The thrill and excitement was enormously experiential among the football and basket ball teams which were qualified for final competitions. The program started with little delay because of the continued raining but thanks to the Lord it stopped in time. Mr. Anthony Aijaz Lamuel, General Secretary, started the football final match and conveyed the true realities for living the healthy and prospers lives in this world. He also quoted the example of the “PAUL” from the God’s Word and taught the youngsters to follow the disciplinary rules for successful life. He also watched football match during the drizzling. Chief guest Chaudhary M. Amin, Member of the Punjab Assembly and Guest of Honor Maulana Asim Makhdoom shared their thoughts and emphasize to promote the interfaith harmony and brotherhood in the country. They have also admired and appreciated the efforts of the Pakistan Bible Society for arranging wonderful events for developing the harmony and brotherhood in the country. Chaudhary M. Amin shared that the Government of Pakistan is very keen to promote the sports in the country. The Football Final match was played between the “Young Ittefaq” and “Love Pakistan” teams. Young Ittfaq was winner and Love Pakistan was runner up of this tournament. Similarly the basketball senior final played between “Don Bosco” and “Hope for Light clubs. Don Bosco stood first and Hope for light was runner up of this tournament. The junior basketball final match was played between “Cathedral Basketball Club” and “Rise Basketball Club”. Cathedral Basketball club won and stood first and Rise qualified for second position. The cash prizes and gifts were awarded among the athletics competitors who stood for first, second and third positions. Same as the cash prizes and gifts were awarded among the first and second positions holders for Basketball and Football tournaments. At the end refreshments was served among the guests and participants. It was another milestone in the journey of Pakistan Bible Society that this Sports Festival went well with the tireless efforts and hard work of Irfan Francis and Justus Nassir with Prompt Corporation of PBS staff, volunteers (Kamran Vincent, Shariq Pervaiz, Ajmal Tahir, Pevaiz Younas, Ghafoor Sadiq, Javed David, and Melvin Mall), officials and participants of the tournaments.



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