The First Six Weeks of #CA13

This past Friday, we passed a bit of a milestone in #CA13. We have been overseas now for six weeks, and are halfway through our time in our current location. Six weeks from today, we will transitioning to another location about 1,000 miles further east.

Our time has been fruitful. We have learned a ton from the conversations of which we have been a part. Conversations on subjects like community development, mobilization and worldview. We have also been honored to meet some amazing workers as well a leaders of the work both in this nation, other Central Asian nations, and Central Asia as a whole.

We have heard several amazing stories of how God is at work in this area. He is truly on the move. Yet, as Jesus told His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:2 NIV)” And, that is indeed the situation in this region of the world. In this region, there are over 400 million people with little to no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are hundreds of millions of people who have NEVER heard the name Jesus.

We have met a man who grew up in a formerly Soviet-controlled Central Asian nation. He was a Muslim, but becuase of the Soviet impact, he was more atheist than Muslim. Through a chain of events that are nothing short of miraculous, he came to know Jesus and became a follower. And, he has brought scores of people to Jesus in the past several years.

We met a beautiful grandmother who moved to this nation with her husband about fifteen years ago. Even though he passed away about a year-and-a-half into their time here, she has stayed. She has faithfully planted and watered the seeds. She is an Anna (Luke 2:36-38) in the land. Quietly praying and worshipping for hours every day. Interceding for this nation that she has adopted as home.

We have met a family who left the nets, the boats, and the fish and followed Jesus to this nation to be here to pray over the marriages of the workers here.

We have met a young local who is seeking–but hasn't yet committed to–relationship with Jesus. God is working in his heart though, and the day will come.

We would love you to partner with us–and them–on this journey. If you would consider doing so, then click on the Partner With Us tab above. If you already partner with us, then let us take this opportunity to again say thank you! It is your giving, prayers, and moral support that makes what we do possible.

If you follow us on Twitter (@ledbytheword) or Facebook, then you have seen some of the images from our current location. If not, then here are a few.

Caleb enjoying the flight into Central Asia

Caleb enjoying the flight into Central Asia

İskelesi Camii

İskelesi Camii

Breakfast

Breakfast

Yenikapi Sokak

Yenikapi Sokak

View from our neighborhood

View from our neighborhood

Stephanie and Michael at Düden Falls

Stephanie and Michael at Düden Falls

Stephanie leading worship

Stephanie leading worship

Caleb serving at the church

Caleb serving at the church

Emily and her friend Yusuf

Emily and her friend Yusuf

An overview of our first six weeks.

An overview of our first six weeks.

 

 

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