Missions Update

Missions Update

Hello my friends!
Missionary permissions was an important issue for us on two reasons: first – last time we were getting those permissions a year ago – they checked our building and we had to do house churches for half a year. Later we started using our building again without getting another permission and so they could do the same this time. But we have prayed and God answered – they have not asked, have not checked and simply gave me the documents. Second reason why it was important – they have tried to catch foreigners preaching without permission in two other Churches – breaking in their Sunday gatherings with video cameras.. One of those was International Church of Christ. I have just called their leader and he said everything resolved well and nobody was arrested or anything.
There was bad and good news. Bad was that Vladimir, that we studied Bible with, during the summer fall down skiing and injured his back. We stopped studying in Agusut because he was too busy and did not have free time. The good thing was that because of the injury he has to stay home for almost a month and when I offered to come to his house and study Bible – he was happy to accept the offer. So we have met already twice and this week, God’s will we will finish our course. He does wants to be baptized, but said a couple times that he doesn’t feel it in his heart. I do not if I should warn those that can’t find time to study Bible .
Light House: we still have one baby and three more Friday to Sunday. Valera and Lera (siblings) parents came to the orphanage and said that they want their kids back. It sounded good at first, but then the orphanage found out that mother lives with another man and neither one of them has a place to live. So we do not know how that is going to end up. We really like them, but we should always encourage parents to keep their children even in hard circumstances. Serik starts crying every time we bring him back to the orphanage.
Dimash had a surgery done last Friday and they are still in the hospital with Aigulya. We hope they will be out tomorrow because Wednesday is Aigulya’s birthday. Please pray for Dimash’s quick and recovery and for good results of the surgery.
While Aigulya is in the hospital – Bolat went to orphanage #1 to ask for more kids. The director said that she has “NO kids in the orphanage”…. She finally agreed to meet again with her helper (who was ill today) on Wednesday, so she would confirm that they have no kids.. I think satan wants to keep those kids for him and we really have to pray and fight for them. A week ago
we visited our friends who have taken 5 kids from the orphanage and found out that the same director is selling children for sex. Girls and boys. And nobody can do anything because she is knows president’s wife… They have set a goal to stop that, but that requires a lot of bravery and risk etc. They have told us stories about the orphanage how older boys rape younger ones, how they make them eat and drink from toilet etc. etc. We have to get as many children out of there as we can.
If you remember Raya(first from the left) that we have helped last winter. She had a stroke and her right side was paralyzed. She also has obstruction for 10 days. She is very poor and doctors did not want to do anything without being payed.. I have given Raya 28$ (thanks to NACC). They hired a surgeon for 8,33 and he cleaned her out from obstruction. For the rest of money they bought her diapers and medicines. She feels a lot better! Now we need to do an MRI tomorrow for her brain because they think she may have a cyst in there.. Please pray that through helping her and her family in this situation God can bring them to salvation in Jesus.
Thank you very much for your prayers – we NEED them very much.
Next Thursday there will be a meeting in mayor’s office – please pray that they would have time to discuss our church building and would sign the papers.
Blessings