SGA support for Christian missionaries in the Central Asian republics takes many forms – financial assistance, literature production, church buildings and transport. A car for many workers is not merely a convenience but a necessity for the fulfilment of their Gospel ministry.
Without a reliable vehicle ministry would be greatly inhibited and restricted. Missionaries travel thousands of kilometres on roads which are often poor and severe on vehicle maintenance. A reliable car or van is especially crucial for those involved in pioneer evangelism, visiting isolated villages and communities which have little or no road infrastructure.
The need for help with transport for several pioneer Gospel workers in Central Asia came to the attention of the Mission. Nikolai is an SGA-sponsored missionary. He, his wife, Olga, and children live in Kazakhstan, where Nikolai ministers. From there he reaches out to many scattered communities bringing the truth of the Gospel to those who have never heard. They had a serious transport problem – a very old car which was constantly breaking down. At one point it was out of action for 6 weeks, and Nikolai had to resort to the use of taxis.
Nikolai prayed for God to supply a suitable vehicle for the transport of people and of humanitarian aid. SGA supported the purchase of a 7-seater with adequate space to meet their needs. Recently, film was received of sacks of potatoes and other goods being loaded up in preparation for one of Nikolai’s evangelistic ‘tours’! His verdict?
‘A great tool for ministry here’!
Sergey serves in Khromtau, North West Kazakhstan. He has a special interest in a centre where camps, teenage and children’s meetings, hikes, seminars and fellowship events, all designed to share the knowledge of Christ with unbelievers, are organized. He shared a vital need:
For us, there is a great need to purchase transport with a large number of seats (minivan). I very often face the choice of whom I should take with me: family, teenagers, a sister of a disabled person, or members of the church. I ask you to pray that the Lord would provide us with such transport.
With SGA support, a suitable minibus was purchased, and Sergey’s prayer was answered.
Andre, a Kazakh speaker, based in Alga, North West Kazakhstan, visits many surrounding Muslim communities to share the message of salvation in Christ alone. He had recurring problems with cars which he purchased for his work. They were of poor quality, but he could not afford better.
Andre’s sponsor learnt of his predicament and supplied the necessary funds for the vehicle. In a letter of thanks he writes that he was overwhelmed by the kindness of God’s people, providing him with transportation not merely for himself but for the growing work of the Gospel in which he is involved.
Gospel work in Central Asia has been significantly enhanced through this transport project. If ‘wheels’ could tell their stories, volumes could be written to illustrate how this very practical support has been integral to the progress of the Gospel and the salvation of precious men, women and young people.