Once inside, he gets to work. He begins to worship with the people gathered inside in underground house churches. Ruslan is a pastor, and these are his congregations.
Ruslan is a secret believer himself, so he’s careful not to endanger the Christians he serves. He knows many of the homes in which Christ is secretly worshiped. Ruslan has been involved in ministry for more than 16 years. He conducts his ministry in churches gathering in different homes for safety reasons. He doesn’t do this alone. A whole team is involved in this mission.
Their goal? To reach Muslim background
believers who live in rural villages in
remote regions. Ruslan and his co-workers usually meet their congregations
in homes, spending three days delivering
encouragement and support. Preaching
the gospel is, of course, a major part of each visit.
Ruslan also knows that when believers open their doors to share the gospel, they may invite persecution in as well. But he continues the mission God has given him. “When we worship, we don’t make any noise, and we don’t clap our hands to avoid creating attention,” he says. “We just sit together at a table as if we are drinking tea.”
This is the only way believers can have fellowship in this part of Central Asia. It’s risky for the local Christians—very risky.
“If you are to open your house in a village, it is imperative that you are a serious, firm believer,” Ruslan says. “You are opening your home [to] the risk of persecution.”