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  • Central Asian believers struggle -- but seek truth, faith

    by IMB Staff, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    CENTRAL ASIA (BP)-- Melisa* and her university-aged daughter Ada* came to faith and were baptized in their hometown in Central Asia a few years ago. They later moved to another city for Ada's education and got connected with the local church. Their attendance at church, however, has deteriorated into periodic participation in informal church events.

    Ada often prioritizes an English class on Sundays over church fellowship. Melisa, only 16 years older than her daughter, prefers to stay home from church if Ada isn't with her. Their relationship resembles that of siblings more than it does a parent-child relationship. Read More

  • Uzbekistan's religious liberty violations mount

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (25 days ago)

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    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (BP) -- Two new requirements for religious organizations seeking government recognition in Uzbekistan are said to evidence the Central Asian nation's continued restriction of religious liberty.

    Comprising five former Soviet republics, Central Asia includes Uzbekistan and two other countries on the U.S. State Department's list of countries of particular concern (CPCs) for religious liberty violations: Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Another Central Asian nation, Kazakhstan, has been recommended for inclusion on the State Department's religious liberty watch list by the U.S. Commission on ... Read More

  • Easter transcends Central Asia's spring celebration

    by David Edwards, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (one year ago)

    Easter's message transcends the celebration of spring's advent, called Nowruz, or "New Day," by millions of Afghans, Kurds, Persians, Tajiks, Turks and other Central Asians. Read More

  • Social media speaks Central Asian 'heart language'

    by Nicole Lee, posted Friday, July 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- Noor,* a Muslim-background believer in Central Asia, has been praying with a heart like Simeon's for many years.

    "You know that story in the Bible when Simeon sees Jesus and says that he can now die in peace?" Noor asked. "I want God to let me see a church in my heart language before I die. That would be my Simeon moment," he said.

    Noor is now beginning to see the work he has been hoping for among his own people. Read More

  • Finding refuge in Central Asia, North Africa

    by Jason G. Duesing, posted Thursday, April 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    In two major global cities, Jason Duesing of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary sees "pockets of light and safety" for people needing refuge. "For every act of terror in the world today, there are multiplied a thousand times over acts of sacrificial service and Gospel proclamation," Midwestern's provost writes.

    In the 2016 version, many still are coming to them to save their life and, yet, they also are finding life. I observed this just weeks ago in two major global cities, both having been in the news in recent months for acts of terror and political instability.

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    The first in Central Asia was teeming with young professionals and, though centered in a Muslim culture, there were signs that the younger generation in this city were not much different than many in the West in terms of their tenuous devotion to their historic and national religion. At prescribed times throughout the day, prominent mosques would erupt in amplified calls to prayer. Yet, just as in some of our Western cities where church bells ring out from massive and mostly vacant cathedrals, the normal course of business is for the people not to pause for genuflection, but to carry on with head bowed toward their smartphone. Read More