Central Asia: Intriguing and Challenging
Sadly, the country is politically unstable. Christians experience restrictions and some persecution, but we thank God that we are seeing more Kyrgyzs coming to faith in Jesus Christ.
The church is small, but believers are very sincere in their faith. Pamir is an area of southern Tajikistan that is effectively unreached with the Gospel. Recently work has begun to bring the Gospel to this region. The government is not happy with these plans and there has been a reaction by the authorities. Nevertheless, we are thankful that the Lord is beginning to open the hearts of these people.
In recent years Uzbekistan has been one of the most difficult countries in which to be a believer, as the government strongly opposed evangelical Christianity. There is still persecution and opposition, but over the last eighteen months the country has begun to open up to the rest of the world. We are praying this will result in greater religious freedom.
This is a closed country. Even though we live and work in Central Asia we cannot visit this country. Yet, we thank God there is a church in Turkmenistan. We are grateful there are some Turkmen students of the Independent Bible Correspondence School (which SGA sponsors) and we trust this ministry will help them as they live for God in their country.