Churches growing in Kyrgyzstan despite opposition

By October 19, 2005

Kyrgyzstan (MNN) — The future of religious freedom is a question in Kyrgyzstan. Despite that, however, the church is growing. According to the Bridge International’s RK Ulrich, the church body now numbers 11,000 believers. Ulrich says they meet in either one of six micro-district churches, or in one of the 60 district churches throughout the country. The good news is they’re not keeping their faith to themselves.

Ulrich says the key to the growth is the desire for evangelism. As these micro-churches grow, the leadership separates a team and sends them out to evangelize and plant a new church elsewhere. Their heart for the lost and their healthy view of persecution is keeping their faith strong and vibrant.

In an area where 75-percent of the population professes Islam, it’s a difficult area to proclaim the Gospel freely. Pray for these teams as they reach out with the Gospel. Pray for their safety, boldness and that God will reap a bountiful harvest of souls.

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