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What Is Church Like For Persecuted Christians in Central Asia?

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in

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I grew up on the island of Maui in Hawaii and lived there till I was almost 13 years old. After that, I moved to California, so I have always been used to warm weather.

After my husband and I got married, we moved to the Midwest for his job and I was in no way prepared for my first winter. Up until that time, I didn’t fully understand the term “being chilled to the bone.” I couldn’t wait for winter to be over and was miserable every time I had to walk outside when it was below freezing. However, at the end of the day we always had warm clothes and a warm apartment to come home to- being cold was only temporary.

Today we received a prayer request for Christians in Central Asia:

This winter has been cold for many of Christians in Central Asia. The average temperature this year was -4 to -15 degrees. In most of the villages there is no gas, and electricity is given for only a few hours a day. Usually, in the morning it is given for one hour, then for about one or two hours at lunch and one or two hours at evening. This has become normal for winter time, when it is usually 0 degrees or higher, but it is much harder when it is below 0 degrees. People try to find solutions, some use wood and homemade ovens, but wood in Central Asia is difficult to find and the price of a coal is $ 250 USD per ton. About 4 tons in needed for winter per house, which is unrealistic for the majority of the families in the villages (who have an average monthly income about $ 30-50 USD). Despite this, there have been some positive results though! Some churches which weren’t meeting with each other, now (for the winter time) decided it is more reasonable to heat only one house for church meetings and now meet together! Praise the Lord for the “winter unity”! Still, please pray for the situation, for wisdom, continued unity and for more heat.

I can’t imagine what these Christians are going through. Despite the hardships, God is doing a mighty work in uniting the churches in this area.

Thank you for joining us in prayer for Christians in this region!

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