The National Marian Shrine in Mariam Abad, Pakistan is a National Shrine and the site of an annual pilgrimage for the September feast of the birth of Mary. This event has been taking place since 1949. Mariam Abad means city of Mary in the Urdu language. Mariam Abad has existed for over a century making it one of Pakistan's oldest Catholic settlements. Located about 95 km from Base Town Of Gospel Mission Ministries ® head office, it covers an area of 835 hectares (2000 acres) and has become the destination for over one million pilgrims a year.
Mariam Abad began in 1892. Observing the misery and oppression of the newly converted Christians in the district of Sialkot, Capuchin Bishop Van Den Bosch purchased 150 acres (0.61 km2) of government land for 650,000 rupees (US$29,545) for Christians to live and work on. In 1893, three priests and three Christian families moved to the land. Pilgrims travel by foot, bullock carts, bicycles, buses and trucks to Mariam Abad. The shrine also houses the Church of St. Mary and St. Joseph established by Belgian Capuchins on December 8, 1898. A prominent feature of the shrine is the Marian grotto on a hill where a three-and-a-half-meter statue of Mary stands. There are stalls selling religious posters and cards, crosses, rosaries, candles, incense sticks and other religious objects, as well as cold drinks, food and sweets to cater to the pilgrims that travel from all over Pakistan and even overseas.
Every year millions of catholic people and some shia based Muslims use to visit a place called Mariam Abad to worship the Mother Mary and to bow towards her statue as well to bring heavy, offers and goods to offer towards her. Which is not a biblical way, especially for those who consider their selves as a Christian, in Pakistan like countries most of the people do not know the difference between Christian and catholic faith.
The GMM ® is very bold and clear to explain the people since 2006 to avoid this idols worship for the Jesus is the only name, which can save and hear and answer the prayers. He is the only way to the God and the eternal life, this is over eighth visit will be account in September this year, and President has preplanned the gospel material distribution and personally massaging to the individuals, those are getting slipped from the foundation of their faith ,usually the films CD?s and literature and some stickers contain bible verses. to promote real Christian teaching and faith statement, have been distributed and about to distribute this year. The team needs a lot of prayers and physical support to achieve the said targets