Leader Seminars Help Church to Stand Strong

January 26, 2011 by Open Doors in General

Leaders Pray

As a result of increased political and religious pressure on Protestant churches in the Central Asia region, Open Doors observed a growing demand for biblical and practical training for the church under persecution. In response to this demand in 2010, Open Doors hosted a number of Standing Strong through the Storm seminars in the region. Last December a gathering of thirty-two leaders from various countries representing the following people groups; Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek, Karakalpak and Uyghur attended the seminar. Of the participants, six were women. Although many more leaders had requested to attend, the number of participants had to be limited for security reasons. A young leader from the Karakalpakstan church shares this testimony:

“The seminar was a great encouragement for me. It also informed me about the possible future difficulties I might face. The words that there will come a day when every storm will be silenced had a great influence on me. To know that what we experience now is temporary, to know that Jesus is in the boat with us during the storm, and that we can choose how we look at a crisis, as a storm or as an opportunity, has really encouraged me. I will remember all what you have taught me, until I am to meet with Jesus. Thank you for your encouragement and for your labor. God bless you!”

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