We would like to share with you an answer to prayer.
For some time we have been praying to meet men and women of peace among the Russian-speaking Central Asian community in this city. Unlike other communities, they are dispersed geographically and among different cultures. Added to this, we are in a pioneering work here – to our knowledge, there has been no ministry to this people group here or the whole of this region for that matter. So, to find them we have to seek them out.
In the New Year we started prayer walking in the Muslim-dominated regions of our city, asking mainly for men and women of peace. It was during one of these walks in our local suburb that we bumped into an Uzbek couple, Jamal and Feruza. Within 5 minutes they had invited us and our children to their apartment for plov that evening!
We realised we had prayed at exactly the same spot earlier in the day
Later, as we arrived at the entrance to the block with our children, we realised we had prayed at exactly the same spot earlier in the day. The prayer was for Jesus’ statement from Mark 11:23 to be realised: “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them”.
And that evening we walked into a whole apartment of Uzbeks who are living in the same town as us. During our time there, we were introduced to a family with two sons who have recently emigrated here and a man whose wife had just returned to Uzbekistan with their newborn baby as her visa had expired. Our host couple’s three young children are also apart from them, being looked after by their grandparents. Max shared that he believed God had brought us together as we had been praying to meet people from Sara’s homeland. Then we talked about what the Bible says about Jesus. However, Jamal was rigid in his belief that their holy book was the last revelation from God and therefore superseded ours (which, in his view, is corrupted anyway). We have since had the couple back to our home for dinner and visited Jamal’s sister’s flat in a nearby town.
Please give thanks with us for an open door into this community and pray that the inhabitants of both flats would form the first movement of Uzbek Jesus followers in this city.