Are you alive? Are you in Christ? Do you yearn for Christlikeness? Does your life bring the peaceable fruit of righteousness? If you don’t have this true life, repent and believe. If you do, live it. Live it to the full, knowing that you were created for such a life. Praise be to our Savior Christ Jesus who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Tim.1:10).
I can’t express how important hospitality is. We practice it and see more and more fruits of that in our church. It is a great joy to see how new members of the church open up their homes and have others over. Being willing to share the comfort of your home with others is a sign of someone who loves the brethren.
The amazing hospitality of the believers in Uzbekistan led Zarina’s mother to the realization that the family of believers is more closely connected than our natural families. She was stunned by the beauty of the kindness of total strangers. It melted her heart.
Despite people’s general ignorance on the topic of church membership, they were hungry for the Word and eager to learn. While there are some zealous Christians in Almaty, they need more training so that they would not divert into theological error. The church can and must be such a guarantor that will teach and equip believers to stay faithful to God through being faithful to His bride.
This week we met with a couple that used to be on staff of one prosperity gospel church in town. They left the church 2 years ago bitter and disillusioned. We met and spoke for 5 hours straight. It was a difficult and yet immensely encouraging conversation. They came to our church the last week of 2017. We hope to start discipling them. I gave them the books “9 Marks of a Healthy Church” and “Knowing God”. Please pray for Levon and Violetta to come back to the Lord and possibly join our church.
Oftentimes we find ourselves in a situation when we don’t have any power to go on. Oftentimes it happens when problems pile up. And before we have dealt with the first problem, another is right there and another and yet another one. Stress is mounting, and strength is failing. At such times we rush to the things that we know used to help us but nothing seems to work.
At such times, we need to come to our senses and preach to ourselves that we are not in control of our lives. God is.
When we explained to him that the blood of Christ is thicker than our shared bloodlines, he said the following: “I don’t have brothers or sisters. I am the only child in my family but tonight I really felt that I am a part of a bigger family.” Those words served me so much. I love him. And I am ready for more ‘family’ dinners, lunches and breakfasts.
My deep and strong desire is to see converts. I long to see God convert souls under the ministry of our church. There was one lady whom we believe that God converted under our ministry but she left our country and we are not sure about how she is doing now. Since then we have not seen yet one conversion. Please pray with us that God would bless our labors and instill in our hearts a greater zeal for the salvation of the lost.
Right at the beginning of July I conducted a class on hermeneutics for Kazakh-speaking pastors. It was arranged by my brother and partner in the Gospel, Bagid. The lecture was translated into Kazakh. It went for the whole day with a break for lunch. It went very well and was received with great enthusiasm. We decided to have another class on hermeneutics soon to allow the students to practice their skills. Please pray that more preachers would hear and see that expositional preaching is a biblical way to preach the Bible. I also plan to conduct a similar class for lay people of our church so that they see the beauty of the Scriptures and grow in appreciation of an expositional preaching.