Kazakhstan (MNN)–Although Kazakhstan has earned a reputation for not being overly friendly to Christians, Global Aid Network (GAiN-USA) is getting ready to take a team for a visit in February.
This is in response to GAiN’s first-ever trip in 2006. According to the agency, the outreach there went very well and because the team learned of many more opportunities and received numerous requests for further assistance, a second team is going February 3-17, 2007.
GAiN-USA’s Charles Debter says it’s because of the kind of work they do that they are able to be there. “We are working with partner ministries there in Kazakhstan and so far, we have not faced any difficulties or any closed doors, but our going in with material aid helps to open the way for new opportunities for the Gospel to be proclaimed.” Team members will visit orphanages, hospitals, and other institutions to deliver gifts of aid and the hope of the Gospel.
Although it’s rumored that Kazakhstan is tightening already harsh religion laws, Debter says desperate needs still exist. “You might think that with the non-Christian religion that’s predominant there, that there might be a closed-ness and a skepticism, but there’s really an eagerness to know the truth and to know Jesus Christ.”
Pray for the advance work of scheduling places where our mission teams will visit, purchasing Critical Care Needs and delivery logistics for humanitarian aid the teams provide. Pray too, for mission participants as they prepare physically and spiritually for the travel and work to which God has called them during the mission projects.