Christian compassion ministries have at least a threefold benefit
From time to time we seek to bring you stories about how we interact with people in Central Asia by practically showing the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. Now our regular readers will know that you can’t just turn up in Central Asia and declare yourself a missionary! You wouldn’t get a visa and you would be most unwelcome. So using a humanitarian channel has a threefold benefit;
- it allows a worker to be in a country
- it allows love and care to be shown through which the beauty of
Jesus can shine
- it creates a whole network of local relationships through which
can come those gospel opportunities.
Our Christian compassion ministries have Gospel intentionality
Whilst our prime objective is always to declare the gospel of Jesus Christ, our workers need great wisdom to be able to do this in their different contexts -so have a read on and see how they do it. Please pray that each worker will receive much wisdom. A display of genuine compassion opens doors and opportunities for people to receive the best news they can ever hear – a real, living, vibrant and personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ!
Christian compassion ministries during Covid-19
Covid-19 and the struggles of lockdown have provided many opportunities to share the love of God in practical ways. Working in a majority Muslim region, one of our teams shares about the ways in which they were able to serve vulnerable people there.
In the two months when people in our district were not allowed to visit other houses due to Covid-19, we drove to the nearby village and came to the house of an elderly deaf man. When we met him at his door, gave him some food gifts and told him that God loved him, he started to cry. It turned out it was more than food that we brought – disability can be a taboo, and disabled people are often told that God does not love them, and that they or their parents must have sinned to cause the disability.
On our next trip to the villages, Elnur helped us to find the different deaf families who are living in the many small villages surrounding our city. Elnur is himself deaf, and he also has chronic kidney disease and has to have regular dialysis treatment. Travelling the whole day with us was very difficult and exhausting for him. We had tried to convince the director of the deaf society to join us but he had refused. However when he saw how hard Elnur worked, and that the next day he was too weak to even get out of bed, he had a change of heart. He happily helped us on the next trip and showed us the way to all the needy families.
Christian compassion ministries – distributing essential food and medicines
While distributing food to the deaf communities in surrounding villages, we met a man called Nazim. He had had urgent appendix surgery during the Covid-19 time and so we helped his family with food and bought medicine that he needed. He was so glad that he insisted the team have at least
a cup of tea with him, even though this was not allowed at that time. Now he, his wife, his children, and his elderly parents are really open to hearing the Good News. They have invited us to visit again.
We also handed out some of the aid packages to vulnerable people in our Bible Study Group, and shared with them about our work with the deaf communities. Here are some of their responses…