Souls are being lost in Central Asia, missionaries are frustrated

By July 5, 2006

C. Asia (MNN) — Central Asia has a mix of people who are very open to the Gospel and others who could care less. In some countries, churches are going quickly. In other, countries people talking about Christ isn’t even something they want to talk about. That’s the struggle for many Christians working there, trying to share their faith.

One worker with Interserve , we’re calling ‘James’ for security reasons, says he’s experienced that when talk with nominal Muslims in the country where he’s working. “If they’re not satisfied by Islam, then they look to be satisfied in materialism. Most people don’t consider Christianity as something they would be interested in.”

In the country in which he’s working, it’s quickly becoming secular and westward looking, which presents its own set of problems when it comes to evangelism. He still views tent-making workers as the best way to reach out. “In teaching English as a second language, there are many opportunities to meet people. Friendships can be formed. As well as businesses — people are able to see how you live your life as a Christian, how this affects the way you do business.”

The biggest frustration for James, though, is something Christians worldwide can be praying about. “Many people who have come to the Lord have fallen away. So, I think it’s estimated that 50-percent of the people who come to the Lord fall away. They don’t continue on.”

James says there are many needs. “For discipleship is one that’s significant. I think church leaders are still relatively young in their faith. I think they need wisdom and encouraging the fellowships that they’re leading.”

Prayer is the most powerful tool that can change this situation.

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