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Last week, an edition that is especially applicable to Calvary Church came out. We "adopted" the Uzbek people for sending and prayer in the 1990's, and although our vision has expanded to all of Central Asia and beyond, I know that the Uzbeks remain on the hearts of many in our congregation. Here's the update:
Isaiah 61:1, RSV "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prisons to those who are bound."
Just as God anointed Jesus with His Spirit, He continues to anoint those whom He sends to the Uzbek people. God enables believers to tell the Uzbeks the good news of how Christ died on the cross for their sins, was buried and rose again on the third day. God can bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim His liberty to their captives, and open the prisons of their hearts.
Pray that God will continue to multiply these blessings down through generations of church planting.-RR
Today's People Group
Ukraine has literally been a crossroads for Central Asian and European people groups. Many Muslims have found freedom from the abuses in their own countries in the democratic political climate of Ukraine. The eyes of the world are focused on Ukraine now with its growing separatist movement in the eastern part of the country.
Among the various Central Asian ethnic minorities in Ukraine are over 12,000 Uzbeks from Uzbekistan. The fall of the USSR in 1991 and the “freedoms” it supposedly brought to the former Soviet states did not occur in Uzbekistan. The autocratic president is in full control of the country, and there is no freedom of speech, religion, or the press in the country. Many have fled the repressive regime. A number of young Uzbek men are part of the separatists fighting in the east.
The growing Islamist movement in Uzbekistan was squelched by the government. Unfortunately, Christians were caught in this oppression. But there is good news! For the first time there is a completely translated Bible in the Uzbek language. Central Asian Bible Media has also accomplished the task of making the Bible electronically available so that it can be downloaded on a computer or cell phone.
Pray that Uzbeks in Ukraine will now read God’s Word in their heart language. Pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send the appropriate laborers to sow the seed of the gospel in Uzbek hearts, and pray for a bountiful harvest.
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