- Praise God for the thousands of children in Eurasia who received Gifts of Hope during the Christmas season! Please pray that God would be at work in their hearts so that they may come to know Christ.
- Pray for an upcoming Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) conference that will take place in Belarus this month.
- Pray for young people in Tolyatti, Russia who are going to church, but don’t yet know God, and that our ministry efforts would bear fruit in their lives.
- Pray for our School Without Walls (SWW) leaders in Israel, as they are planning to start a new SWW group in the Czech Republic.
- Please pray for the regional coordinator of God’s Family Church in Minsk, Belarus as she leads ministry efforts, while also helping her daughters prepare for college.
- Praise God for providing resources and ministry opportunities in Russia, even in the midst of escalating religious persecution!
- Pray for our ministry team in Ukraine as they continue using our “I Care” Refugee Assistance Program to distribute humanitarian aid to internally displaced people and those who remain trapped in the war zone.
- Pray for our SWW students in Pinsk, Belarus as they partner with Christian student groups to prepare special evangelistic events at a local university in honor of the 500th anniversary of an edition of Psalms that was published by Francysk Skaryna in the Belarusian language.
- Please pray for our ministry workers and missionary partners who are dedicated to sharing the gospel with the unreached throughout Russia’s North Caucasus.
- Pray for our team in Ukraine as they meet with the leaders of professional networks in Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Russia.
- Pray for safety for some of our SWW students in Uzbekistan, as they are experiencing challenges with local authorities.
- Praise God for an English study group in Pinsk, Belarus, through which Church Without Walls (CWW) is teaching English lessons using Bible passages! Please pray that God would be at work in the students’ hearts so they may come to know Christ.
- Pray that God would grant wisdom to Vyacheslav, our SWW coordinator in Yekaterinburg, Russia, as he develops new ministry initiatives.
- Please pray that SWW students in Armenia would continue growing spiritually and sharing the gospel with their neighbors.
- Pray that young Christians in Saratov, Russia would actively participate in ministry efforts in their community.
- Pray for our plans to publish several ministry resources for young Christian professionals throughout Eurasia.
- Please pray for CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, as the church leaders are still trying to register with local authorities, construct their own building, and expand their small group ministry.
- Pray for our SWW students in Moldova as they organize and host a youth conference this month to encourage about 300 young people to share the gospel with their families, friends, and neighbors.
- Praise God for our ministry center in Vladikavkaz, Russia, through which we are expanding our ministry efforts, including church planting, in this volatile region!
- Pray that God would provide resources for CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, and that He would embolden working professionals who attend the church to share the gospel in their workplaces.
- Please pray for SWW students in Yekaterinburg, Russia as they begin their internships at local churches.
- Pray for Denis, our NGPLI director, as he develops and expands this strategic ministry throughout Eurasia.
- Pray for our SWW coordinators in Russia as they expand our ministry efforts in the North Caucasus and the Transcaucasia region.
- Praise God for our ministry leaders who are faithfully serving in Central Asia, despite the challenges they face!
- Please pray for our ministry team in Ukraine as they lead an NGPLI conference in Minsk, Belarus today.
- Pray for Georgiy, one of our SWW leaders in Vladikavkaz, Russia, as he is trying to obtain Russian citizenship.
- Pray that God would provide a new leader for the youth ministry at God’s Family Church in Minsk, Belarus.
- Please pray that God would grow the children’s ministry at Spiritual Renewal Church in Vladikavkaz, Russia.
- Please pray for our School Without Walls (SWW) students as they continue distributing Gifts of Hope to children in several different countries in Eurasia this month.
- Pray for our SWW coordinator in Uzbekistan, as he was recently fined for doing ministry work and is experiencing some personal health issues.
- Praise God for SWW training events and social outreach projects that are taking place in Vladivostok, Russia on January 3-6!
- Pray for a new Christian school that will be launching in Haifa, Israel this month.
- Please pray for several families that attend Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus who are experiencing health problems and financial difficulty.
- Pray for our SWW students and teachers in Perm, Russia, particularly a group that recently launched in the city of Chaykovsky.
- Pray that God would strengthen Edgar, Robert, and Vaye, three Christian policemen in Armenia, who may lose their jobs for attending church.
- Praise God that SWW is growing in Russia’s North Caucasus, and that our ministry partners in the region remain committed to expanding this program so that even more young people may come to know Christ through home Bible study groups, training seminars, and more!
- Please continue praying for Church Without Walls (CWW) in Pinsk, Belarus, as they are still trying to register with local authorities.
- Pray that God would bring about an end to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine so that this hurting nation can start to heal and Ukraine and Russia can be reconciled.
- Pray for our SWW and church-planting efforts in Russia’s North Caucasus as we expand our ministry to share the gospel with even more unreached people in this volatile region.
- Please pray for Eduard, our SWW coordinator in Moldova, as he and his wife are looking for a new place to live.
- Pray for two new ministry projects in Omsk, Russia: the translation of the gospel into the Siberian Tatar language and the restoration of a Christian center in Tara.
- Praise God for an evangelistic youth outreach event that is taking place in Armenia today!
- Pray for ongoing discipleship at CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, especially as several people recently accepted Christ and are now looking for ways to grow in their faith.
- Please pray for our SWW leaders in Vladivostok, Russia as they continue expanding SWW and youth outreach projects, while also looking for a new ministry building.
- Pray for the children’s ministry center that Eduard, our SWW coordinator in Moldova, and his wife started, as many of the children’s parents are Orthodox and don’t want their children attending the center.
- Pray for Valeriy, our SWW coordinator in Krasnodar, Russia, and his family, as he is dealing with health issues and looking for another job, all while continuing to develop training events for SWW students and other young leaders.
- Praise God that many of our containers of humanitarian aid for Ukraine have cleared customs! Please also pray that the remaining containers would clear quickly so we can continue bringing humanitarian aid to those who are suffering.
- Pray for Yevgeniy, our SWW coordinator in Vladivostok, Russia, and his son, who is applying to seminary in Moscow.
- Please pray for an upcoming regional church conference in Brest, Belarus that CWW is helping to organize.
- Continue praying for Georgiy, one of our SWW teachers in Vladikavkaz, Russia, as he is still dealing with issues related to a car accident he was in last year.
- Pray for our SWW leaders and ministry partners as they seek to develop and lead new ministry initiatives, while also making enough time for their families.
- Praise God that School #31 and Agrarian University in Vladikavkaz, Russia are now allowing SWW students to host preventative lectures for students! Please pray that more schools would follow their example.
- Please pray for Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus, as they are still trying to register their building with local authorities.
- Continue praying for our brothers and sisters in Russia as they continue sharing the gospel, even in the midst of growing religious persecution.
- Pray for new SWW students in Armenia, particularly an evangelical music group that is holding concerts in Armenia and Georgia.
- Praise God for a group of SWW students in Krasnodar, Russia that wants to plant a new church in their city!
- Please pray that God would keep Vyacheslav, our SWW coordinator in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and his family healthy.
- Pray for a Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative conference that will take place in Belarus next month.
- Pray that SWW students in Omsk, Russia would continue to grow spiritually and fearlessly share their faith during a weeklong mission trip to the Tatar people group in February.
“I grew up in an orphanage and I always dreamed that one day my parents would come back for me, but it never happened,” shares Alisher. “I was so jealous of the children who did have parents, and I wondered why God wasn’t answering my prayers. Growing up, I was often mistreated by the orphanage staff, and I never experienced parental love. When I tried to picture my future, I only saw darkness, and I thought my life would have no meaning.
However thankfully, Alisher’s life did not continue down the dark path that he expected. Instead, a young Next Generation Christian professional entered his life, and changed it radically through her commitment to showing God’s love through her work. “Years later, when I was 16, I got a new teacher, and she was so different from the others,” Alisher continues. “She was kind and wanted to get to know me personally. She also gave great advice, and I trusted her very quickly. One day, I told her I was having a hard time forgiving my parents for giving me up, and she invited me to church. I immediately accepted her invitation. I was nervous, but as soon as I walked inside, I was welcomed like a brother. Everyone was so friendly, and they even offered to pray for me. Even though we only talked for a few minutes, I felt like I had known them for years. The sermon also spoke to my heart, and I was so happy, because I had finally found the answers I was looking for in God’s love! After the sermon, I immediately repented and accepted Christ!
“Soon after, I started attending youth group meetings and serving in a ministry to the elderly. At youth group, I heard about School Without Walls (SWW), and I decided to join the program. During my lessons, I could hear God’s voice so clearly. All of my doubts about my future were completely destroyed, and I realized that, with Jesus, I could do anything! I also forgave my parents, as well as the educators who mistreated me at the orphanage, and my heart was filled with love for them. I decided to dedicate my life to God by sharing His love with orphans. I also invited my friends from the orphanage to my youth group, where some of them accepted Christ! Two of them even enrolled in SWW! God has radically changed my life through this program!”
If you would like to support School Without Walls in transforming lives like Alisher’s throughout Eurasia, you can give online here:
- Please pray for an International Alliance for the Development of Christian Education meeting that Ray and Cindy Le Clair, two of our ministry workers in Ukraine, are leading in Kiev on October 1.
- Praise God for a successful hiking trip that School Without Walls (SWW) students from North Ossetia, Russia recently led! Because of this trip, several young non-Christians started going to church!
- Pray for Church Without Walls (CWW) in Pinsk, Belarus as they continue growing their small group ministry.
- Pray that God would bless Eduard, our SWW coordinator in Balti, Moldova, as he and his wife lead three different youth groups with the help of their students.
- Please pray that God would grant wisdom and courage to our ministry team in Russia’s North Caucasus as they continue expanding SWW in this volatile region.
- Praise God that Robert, a man from Gyumri, Armenia, accepted Christ at one of our evangelistic concerts and is now actively serving in his church! Please also pray for him, as he works for the authorities and is not permitted to openly confess his faith.
- Pray that the leaders of God’s Family Church in Minsk, Belarus would continue bringing the gospel beyond their church’s walls.
- Pray for SWW students in Gagauzia, Moldova as they continue reaching out to a single mother and her six children who live in their village.
- Praise God for a new group of SWW students in Russia that is actively serving in a local church and home Bible study groups!
- Please pray for the school that Living Israel recently opened in Haifa. Young people from Russia, Ukraine, and other European countries will soon be arriving to begin their studies!
- Continue praying for Aram, our SWW coordinator in Armenia, as he prepares young people at his church to take over the leadership of his youth ministry.
- Pray for two upcoming Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) conferences in Krasnodar and Perm, Russia. About 800 total young people are expected to attend these strategic events!
- Praise God that CWW in Pinsk, Belarus is celebrating their third anniversary this month with a special family outreach event!
- Please pray that our containers of humanitarian aid goods would clear customs in Ukraine as quickly as possible so we can bring these goods to those in need.
- Pray for three new SWW groups in Georgia as they strive to transform their communities with the hope of the gospel.
- Pray for an upcoming one-day conference in Krasnodar, Russia that will encourage SWW students to reach their neighbors for Christ.
- Please pray for Andranik and Vova, SWW teachers in Armenia, as they prepare a new group of SWW students for effective ministry.
- Pray for a group of Christians from Kazakhstan who will be participating in parliamentary work groups to encourage the nation’s leaders to soften harsh religion laws that they are trying to pass.
- Praise God for renewed passion among the leaders of Spiritual Renewal Church in Vladikavkaz, Russia!
- Pray for Denis, our SWW coordinator in Moldova, as he seeks wisdom in balancing his work with family time.
- Pray for Uzbekistan as the nation prepares to elect a new president on December 4. Please specifically pray that this new leader would call for greater religious freedom in this nation where Christians are harshly persecuted.
- Please pray for Georgiy, a SWW teacher and pastor in Vladikavkaz, Russia, who is dealing with a difficult personal situation.
- Praise God for two Christian education seminars and a training course for Christian teachers that Ray and Cindy Le Clair, along with the Christian Education Resource Network, are hosting in Kiev, Ukraine at the end of October!
- Pray for a Christian band from Armenia as they travel to different cities to expand their ministry.
- Pray for our church-planting efforts and ministry to young people through preventative lectures and youth clubs in Russia’s North Caucasus.
- Please pray for Alexey, our SWW coordinator in Kazakhstan, and his wife, Alisa, who is experiencing some challenging health issues.
- Continue praying for courage and safety for believers in Russia as they proclaim the gospel, even in the midst of the nation’s new anti-terrorism laws.
- Pray for Joy Club, a youth group at CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, to continue growing so they can reach even more young people for Christ.
- Please pray for Valeriy, our SWW coordinator in Krasnodar, Russia, as he recovers from surgery.
- Pray that God would bless SWW students in Balti, Moldova, as they are planning to build a new church in the village of Ushureya.
- Pray that God would grant us wisdom as we prepare for this year’s Gift of Hope Christmas outreach for children.
- Praise God that Pastor Dmitry (David) Shestakov and his family, who we helped flee to Ukraine after David suffered severe persecution in Uzbekistan, were relocated to the United States on August 30! This is a wonderful answer to prayer, as we have been advocating on behalf of the Shestakov family since 2012.
- Please pray that God would use our 2016-2017 School Without Walls (SWW) program, which launches this month, to prepare even more young Christian leaders for effective ministry throughout Eurasia and Israel.
- Pray that God would be at work in the hearts of the children who attended this year’s summer Bible camps and will now be participating in several follow-up events.
- Pray for SWW leaders and students in Belarus as they prepare for several upcoming Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) conferences.
- Pray for our ministry team in Russia’s North Caucasus as they continue expanding SWW outreach efforts and church planting in this volatile region.
- Praise God for a team of young people from ShareWord Global, one of our ministry partners, who recently visited 12 of our summer Bible camps in Moldova, where they distributed New Testaments to 900 at-risk children!
- Please pray that our containers of humanitarian aid goods for Ukraine would clear customs quickly so we can continue bringing these goods to those in need.
- Pray for the leaders of Church Without Walls (CWW) in Pinsk, Belarus, as they are seeking new ways to serve in their community and grow their small group ministry.
- Pray that God would provide new opportunities for our ministry team in Vladikavkaz, Russia to partner with local schools and universities so they can reach out to young people through preventative lectures.
- Please pray for our SWW coordinator and several SWW students in Uzbekistan who were recently interrogated by local authorities. Pray that God would protect them and give them courage.
- Pray for CWW in Chisinau, Moldova as they continue developing and expanding their youth ministry through sports outreach, youth clubs, and training seminars at local middle schools.
- Praise God for a very successful summer Bible camp in Dagestan, Russia, where many children heard the gospel for the very first time!
- Pray for a new Living Israel church that was recently planted in Safed, Israel, where there are currently no other churches.
- Please pray for several upcoming evangelistic events, including picnics, movie nights, and prayer meetings, that Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus will be hosting.
- Pray for our SWW students in Armenia as they prepare for several upcoming evangelistic concerts in various cities.
- Pray for healing for Konstantin, one of our ministry workers in Ukraine, who recently injured his shoulder.
- Praise God for our ministry center in Vladikavkaz, Russia, through which we are preparing SWW students to reach the lost throughout the North Caucasus!
- Please pray that God would continue His work in the hearts of the non-Christian teenagers who participated in a special summer Bible camp in Pinsk, Belarus so that they may come to know Christ.
- Pray for Aram, our SWW coordinator in Armenia, as he prepares young people at his church to lead their own youth ministry.
- Pray for safety for Erin and Rashid, our missionaries in Perm, Russia, as Rashid travels to Kiev, Ukraine for SWW meetings and Erin stays at home with their children.
- Please pray for SWW students at Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus as they continue serving at a local boarding school for orphans.
- Praise God for new believers who were recently baptized at Spiritual Renewal Church in Russia’s North Caucasus!
- Continue praying for peace in Ukraine so that those who are hurting can start to heal and move forward.
- Irina, the wife of the CWW pastor in Pinsk, Belarus, is starting an English as a Second Language ministry, so please pray that God would grant her wisdom.
- Pray for courage and safety for our brothers and sisters in Russia as they continue sharing the gospel, despite new laws that limit religious freedom.
- Praise God for a specially designed New Testament in the Romanian and Russian languages that we are distributing in Moldova!
- Please continue praying for Sasha, a SWW student from Bobruisk, Belarus, as he is currently serving in the army.
- Pray for several upcoming events in Russia, including a pastors’ conference in Yekaterinburg, a NGPLI conference in Perm, and a NGPLI forum in St. Petersburg.
- Pray for wisdom as we continue sharing the gospel in the midst of escalating religious persecution in Central Asia.
- Please pray for Dmitry, our partner pastor in Tolyatti, Russia, as his church plans evangelistic events to expand God’s Kingdom in their city.
Our summer Bible camps are an opportunity for needy children and orphans to enjoy a week of fun-filled activities, and more importantly, to learn about God’s love for them. They also offer opportunities for our School Without Walls (SWW) students, and other Next Generation Christian leaders, to reach out to the needy and vulnerable in their communities to transform them from within. This summer, a group of young believers from Kalmykia, Russia, a Buddhist town, organized a weeklong sports camp for 25 young people. One young man, Sangadzhi, chose to attend the camp, even though his parents were strictly against it. His mother worked in a Buddhist temple and his father forbade him to become a Christian after learning that he had been attending a house church. Despite his parents’ disapproval, Sangadzhi attended the camp, because he knew God was calling him, and at the end of the week, he chose to commit his life to Christ! Thank you for helping us to provide opportunities for young people, like Sangadzhi, to come to know Christ through the love of the gospel!
OUTREACH IN CENTRAL ASIA
While the world’s attention is heavily focused on the crisis in Ukraine this summer, we are also continuing to reach out to people living in other turbulent areas, such as Central Asia. Christians in this region are experiencing increasing levels of religious persecution, which only demonstrate the great need for the redeeming, healing power of the gospel in this region. Despite the danger, SWW students and leaders continue to reach out to the people of Central Asian nations. Anti-Christian persecution in Uzbekistan is growing particularly rapidly, but your support has helped us to train nearly 300 SWW students, who are now dedicated to spreading the gospel to transform this nation, which is in such desperate need of God’s grace.
MINISTERING TO UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
The vast nation of Russia is home to many groups of people who have never heard the gospel, and with your help, we are dedicated to bringing them the Good News. Currently, about 60 SWW leaders are engaged in outreach to unreached people groups in more than 25 villages and towns in the Northern Caucasus, the Yamal Peninsula, and other regions of the nation. One such group is the Digors of North Ossetia, a very poor people, who are enslaved to alcoholism, drug abuse, and Islam. Kazbek, a missionary, and Chermen, a pastor, are two SWW graduates working, along with Chermen’s church, to share the gospel with the Digors. This group is extremely difficult to reach, however God has opened the door for Kazbek and Chermen to evangelize through a young man named Akshar. Akshar was born in the village of Surkh-Digor and lived an ungodly life of drinking, inconsistent work, and stealing. In 1999, Akshar and some friends decided to steal several kilometers of valuable wire from the village while the electricity was out, however, the electricity came on as he was cutting the wire. He was shocked by several thousand volts of electricity, which burned both of his arms up to the elbows. Akshar survived and returned home, but his injury resulted in permanent damage and he turned to alcohol and drugs for relief. In 2009, Chermen offered Akshar the opportunity to escape his nightmarish life by attending a Christian rehabilitation center. After completing the rehabilitation program, Akshar came to believe in God’s miraculous healing power, repented, was baptized, and even led his entire extended family to Christ! Today, Akshar is helping Chermen and Kazbek to share the gospel with the Digors, and there is now a lively fellowship of Christians in Surkh-Digor.
While Christians around the world continue to battle the spiritual forces of evil in this time of increased persecution and turmoil, God remains faithful. We are so grateful for your partnership as we continue to share the hope of the gospel with the unreached people of the former Soviet Union/Eurasia. Please continue to pray with us, that God would use our ministry to bring glory to His name and reveal Himself to those who don’t yet know Him.
Gratefully in Him,
You can send boys and girls to summer Bible camp and equip them with our special interactive Gospel of Luke!
For the children of Ukraine, Russia and the former Soviet Union, civil unrest and the daily threat of violence are all too common. That’s why Russian Ministries is asking friends to send at least 6,000 children to summer Bible camp, from 10 countries, including Russia and its volatile Northern Caucasus region, the turbulent nation of Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Mongolia, and the Central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Please prayerfully consider the impact you can have on the lives of children through your gift today—
Every $49 you give can:
- Send one child to a week of summer Bible camp
- OR provide SEVEN copies of a specially designed interactive version of the Gospel of Luke for children.
Your generous gift today will enrich the lives of a great many children, including children of refugees fleeing violence in Ukraine who are living in fear, and do not yet know of God’s love for them.
A CHANGED LIFE, IN HIS OWN WORDS—
Nine-year-old Vadim explains how summer Bible camp has impacted his young life: “I found out that God made heaven and earth. I found out and understand that it’s not enough to read the Bible, pray, go to church and obey. You have to ask His forgiveness and believe in Him and trust Him every day. I liked everything at camp: the lessons, the food, swimming and games. I liked all the teachers and the kids. Praise God for this camp!”
Won’t you help other children like Vadim learn about Jesus and grow in their walk with Him through your support of summer Bible camps? Please consider giving a generous online gift by clicking here and selecting “Summer Bible Camp” from the dropdown menu.
Thank you for helping to impact the Next Generation in the countries of the former Soviet Union/Eurasia for eternity through our summer Bible camp ministry.
Q & A
Q What are summer Bible camps and why are they important?
A Our summer Bible camps are a unique and fun-filled way to evangelize at-risk children and youth, even in communities where Christians are not welcome. Last year we reached 8,334 children, through 110 camps, held in 10 countries. As many as 20% of these boys and girls accepted Christ as their personal Savior, and many have gone on to join local churches.
Q Who are the children my gift will send to summer Bible camp?
A Russian Ministries is committed to reach all children with the faith and love of Christ. Our summer Bible camps serve some of the most vulnerable boys and girls in the former Soviet Union/Eurasia—orphans, physically disabled, neglected, abused, and those who live in poverty.
Q What is the special interactive Gospel of Luke and why is it important?
A Our special interactive version of the Gospel of Luke is the fruit of your investment in our School Without Walls (SWW) training program, which equipped SWW graduates to develop a culturally appropriate gospel for children under 12.
Printed in both Russian and Ukrainian, this hardcover edition has colorful illustrations that will prove irresistible to boy and girls as they read along with an accompanying DVD. Even children who don’t have a DVD player will most likely know a friend, or family member who can share theirs, multiplying the impact of this Scripture.
Evangelism has long been considered terrorism in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan, where criminal charges are brought regularly against evangelical churches and their leaders. That’s why Russian Ministries trains Next Generation leaders to equip and support the church there through our School Without Walls (SWW) nonformal training program, that must function almost entirely underground.
Today, increasing persecution only emphasizes the need to equip more young believers through SWW with the training, tools and confidence required to lead their churches, families, and communities to eternal hope in Christ.
It is critical now that we, as believers—
Unite in prayer for the safety of persecuted men, women, children, and entire families.
Rush additional Scripture and ministry resources to replace those that have been confiscated.
Continue to train and equip Next Generation leaders through SWW because they are the best hope for advancing the Kingdom of Christ in Uzbekistan and throughout the FSU/Eurasia.
We ask for your urgent prayers and generous gifts in support of our SWW students’ faithful work in Uzbekistan and other countries of Central Asia, where persecution is on the rise.
Pray for the safety and success of SWW Students—Your support has already trained nearly 300 students in Uzbekistan and each of these hearts is actively making more disciples throughout the country.
Pray for Christians in Uzbekistan—It is not uncommon for undercover police officers to stop young people and search their cellphones for sermons or Christian music. Pray that believers receive the faith and courage they need during these difficult times.
Pray that God will provide the financial resources to train more SWW students and to replenish Bibles and other ministry resources in Uzbekistan—As Philippians 4:19 assures us, “…my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus,” ESV.
To help support the work of our SWW students in Uzbekistan and other locations of the former Soviet Union/Eurasia, where persecution is on the rise, please click here to Donate and choose School Without Walls from the drop-down menu.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Gratefully in Him,
ONE SWW STUDENT’S STORY OF PERSECUTION IN UZBEKISTAN:
“My name is Oltingul,* and my husband I study at SWW. School Without Walls [has] changed me a lot and has helped me discover that evangelism is my spiritual gift. As part of my ministry outreach, I began traveling to villages, sharing the Good News with people who had never heard before. By God’s grace, I have been able to share the gospel with more than 200 people, and 26 people have come to Christ.
This all changed when security services forced their way into my home, confiscating an Uzbek Bible and other Christian literature. They then filed charges against me and interrogated me for 16 hours.
I had to walk [to the interrogation] with my 11-month-old child in freezing weather. As a result, my child got sick. Because we couldn’t afford the right medication, his illness developed into second-degree pneumonia, but our fellow SWW students generously raised enough funds to pay for my child’s treatment.
The investigation lasted three months, and then the case went to court. I was found guilty of criminal Statute 240-241, “Missions and proselytism,” and was fined $1500.**
Despite these difficulties, I am relying on God to continue studying through SWW because I desire to continue sharing the gospel. At the moment I am discipling six former Muslims who are now believers, and in September they will begin studying through SWW as well. SWW is laying a firm foundation for the spiritual growth of people in three churches in town. Through the work of just one class of students, four new home groups were started. Thank you all for providing this valuable training and praying for my family.”
*This individual’s name has been changed to prevent further persecution and endangerment of their family.
** This amount is more than my family earns in an entire year.