After 30 years, there is finally a peace agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Karabakh region and surrounding districts. This has come at great cost to both sides with thousands of soldiers, and many civilians killed during the six week war this past autumn. IDP’s (Internally Displaced Persons) from Azerbaijan will be able to return to their homes, yet tragically this in turn means thousands of Armenian refugees will now seek refuge outside the Karabakh region.
Yet this dramatic turn of events has created many new opportunities for the Gospel in 2021.
The promise of peace and the opportunity for displaced Azerbaijanis to return to their homes in Karabakh seems to be giving Christians an unprecedented opportunity for sharing the Good News.
During and after the war, local Christian leaders have been invited by government officials in the regions to distribute humanitarian aid. Government media has included Christian leaders in publicly promoting Azerbaijan as a nation of religious diversity and tolerance, and Christians in the military have been invited to pray openly in the name of Jesus for courage and protection for fellow soldiers.
While great things are happening, it is not known how long this window of opportunity will be open. Unity and collaboration are needed amongst local churches and mission groups as a great movement of Azerbaijani people turning to follow Jesus is anticipated.
Please pray for;
- wisdom and clarity as mission partners prepare for future ministry
- key people who are leading preparation for trauma healing training as a ministry to those impacted by the war
- healing and restoration for believers and the general population who are fighting severe symptoms from COVID – cases are on the rise
- the distribution of Scripture videos and the teams who are doing in-person follow-up with people who want to talk about Jesus
- for continued favour, safety in travel, and special protection over Christian leaders who have been given special permission to continue humanitarian aid distribution despite quarantines