About Hamilton Filmalter & Anwar Fazal
Born in South Africa, Hamilton Filmalter experienced God’s call to the ministry at the young age of 12. As a young man he had a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit while attending Bible school. This eventually led to the vision and mission of River of Life Ministries, est. 1992. After pioneering a church and Christian school in South Africa, the Filmalter family came to America in 1994. They traveled extensively conducting revival meetings, eventually settling in Portland, Oregon. During the First Gulf War, God placed a passion in Hamilton’s heart to reach the Pakistani people. The door opened in 2003 when Pastor Anwar Fazal invited him to do a crusade in Pakistan, the results of which exceeded all expectations. God’s time for the people of Pakistan had come. In 2007, Hamilton led 26 clerics to the Lord while ministering in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, even baptizing some of them.
Pastor Anwar Fazal grew in a Christian family in Lahore, Pakistan. His grandfather converted from Sikhism in India and came to Pakistan as a missionary. Despite his Christian heritage, Anwar showed little interest in following the Lord and joined the Secret Service. He lived a wild life until the day that God supernaturally touched him in his office. During this visitation, God showed him many visions of the harvest in Pakistan. Eternal Life Ministries was birthed in his living room and grew almost overnight as signs wonders and miracles accompanied the preaching of the Gospel. Today, up to 25,000 attend the mid-week service and thousands of house churches flourish under his leadership.