God is moving in tremendous ways in Central Asia, but new believers are finding themselves at odds with the younger generation.
One of the challenges our partners face in parts of Kyrgyzstan is the growth of Islam, especially among the younger generation. In some areas, teens and young adults are expected to recite parts of the Quran before they’re allowed into one popular fast-food restaurant.
World Challenge’s partners in Central Asian countries are telling the story Christ’s life to draw the devout who long to know God better.
While most people who are passingly familiar with Islam know that its holy book is the Quran, far fewer are aware of the expansive library of hadith that usually accompany the Quran.
A couple in Central Asia is being drawn by their heavenly Father into a radical love for their community.
The gospel of Matthew details an odd story about a failed healing being brought to Jesus. A man pulls out of the crowd and says to Christ, “‘Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.’” (Matthew 17:15-16, ESV).
God’s sacrifice to save his people reaches the hearts of the lost in some of the most unexpected places, in this case through a wedding party.
In Central Asia, there is a story about a weaver who imprudently fell in love with a princess, but then many great loves seem ill advised to those on the outside.
One believer received the strangest urge from the Spirit and witnessed a little miracle when he obeyed this mysterious call.
The heart of the church and their discipleship movement is to always keep your eyes open for people in need around you, always look for God’s hand on people and listen to his voice as you interact with others.
World Challenge partners around the world but particularly in Central Asia are working to make children safe at home despite the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chances are good that if you’re a parent, you can quote Ephesians 6:1-3 by heart. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.’”
Despite cultural discouragement and restrictive laws, believers are working to empower locals and introduce them to a God who cares in this small central Asian country.
Kyrgyzstan is a country of astonishing history and breathtaking landscapes.
On the northwest border of China, its soaring peaks rival Switzerland’s mighty Alps. Here several branches of the ancient Silk Road met, and Persian, Turkish, Russian and Asian cultures blended.
Believers in Central Asia are facing some of the worst persecution in the world currently, and they need the prayers of the whole Christian family.
The first or second Sunday of November—the date depends on your church or denomination—is considered an international day of prayer for the persecuted church, and the believers in India could certainly use our prayers.
Gospel Impact through Special Needs Ministries
In a country in Central Asia, a center for young adults buzzes with joyful activity. 15 young men and women are occupied in productive crafts—sewing, making jewelry, repairing electronics. One cuts hair and does manicures. Some have found vocations, earning diplomas outside the center—in massage therapy, cooking and wood-burning.