“Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything” (2 Corinthians 6:10).
Kyrgyzstan is a country in Central Asia, with 85% of the land covered with mountainous region with the average elevation of over 15,000 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz people are of mixed origins, often stemming from different nomadic tribes. Kyrgyzstan is the poorest among the nations in that region. However, it is blessed by God with the abundance of natural resources. It also has abundant water, which is the source of water supply for the other Central Asian republics.
Due to its relatively high education level, many students from neighboring countries come to study in Kyrgyzstan. Active broadcasting and filming of Korean Dramas in the country led to an increased interest about the Korean people, and now there have been established Korean language departments in eight universities.
Although, in the past, the freedom of religion allowed Christians to evangelize and raise disciples openly, in the beginning of this year, laws regarding religions were changed. There is a strict prohibition against conversion to other religions for Muslims and Russian Orthodox Churches. Registration process of religious institutions now require the signatures of the minimum of 200 local congregations and all the practice s without the proper registration are considered illegal and prohibited by the law. However, in spite of such difficulties, an increasing number of churches are being founded by the local Christians and also a national movement to raise prayer gatherings is taking place. These are all a result of special blessings of the work of the Holy Spirit. Through these efforts and sacrifices, the churches in Kyrgyzstan will take a firm stand, which will prevail over the gates of Hades.
Kyrgyzstan will take its stand as a nation possessing great things by the power of the gospel! Kyrgyzstan will be the oasis of life from which the streams of life flow throughout the Central Asian nations.
- That more churches would rise up in Kyrgyzstan despite the persecution under the new religious laws.
- That they would lift up their eyes and see that the persecution is only the beginning of a new revival.
- That God would raise them up with His power and love and give them victory over all things.
- That God would strengthen the local leaders and missionaries so that they can witness and evangelize with boldness and authority!