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A new occasional column, recording insights and experiences from members of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship as they travel the world, speaking on Christian Science and its healing mission.

Some months back, I spoke on Christian Science healing...

From the September 2009 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Some months back, I spoke on Christian Science healing in India and in one of Pakistan's largest cities, Faisalabad. A friend whose work has taken him to Pakistan wrote me the following in an e-mail: "I think you will find that Pakistan is a very different place from the one we are conditioned to see in the news. I have never witnessed the Science of Mary Baker Eddy's statement 'Love is reflected in love' demonstrated more clearly than in Pakistan and Afghanistan." His comments suggested that when you travel with that great love of God in your heart, it quickly becomes apparent that Love is present everywhere. And, indeed, I experienced that Love!

I arrived from the northern Indian city of Amritsar (where the Sikh headquarters called the "Golden Temple" is located) by car and driver, crossed the Indian-Pakistani border on foot, and was picked up by a prearranged Pakistani driver. We drove through Lahore and on to Faisalabad. My driver's English was limited—though better than the three words I knew of Urdu, the language of that region. When my driver and I couldn't understand each other, we called the bilingual man who had arranged the vehicle, and he helped us.

I experienced wide-ranging hospitality—from the professor who showed me around his campus, to the kindness of a street vendor who refused payment after he saw I was interested in some oranges. Those experiences helped me feel God's love for me and to feel at home.

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