The populations of many countries in the difficult mission field of Eurasia are almost entirely Muslim. However, native missionaries are traveling long distances in these countries to bring the message of Christ to isolated, unreached people groups.
Some of the challenges of missionary work in this region include depressed economies and poor infrastructures, oppressive governments that outlaw Christianity, vast distances between rural communities and rough terrain. For instance, mountains cover more than 93 percent of Tajikistan. Sturdy vehicles are critical “gospel tools” for effective outreach.
Native missionaries in Turkmenistan report that, because of a vehicle provided to them by Christian Aid Mission supporters, they are able to make weekly visits to rural mountain villages where they lead an average of two to three people to Christ every week.
In Tajikistan, where it is illegal to share the gospel with minors, our supporters helped an indigenous ministry hold children’s camps outside of major cities where they were less likely to be noticed. They were also able to hold a conference for 150 women who were taught how to be missionaries to Muslim families. In addition, their Bible school continues to train native missionaries who are starting home churches among remote people groups.
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Since 1997, a children’s ministry has been rescuing orphaned or abandoned children from the streets of Ukraine and caring for them in a home-like environment staffed by missionary couples. In 2017, the ministry welcomed four new couples, each of whom are now caring for up to 10 children. The ministry also started a Christian school. The leader reported: “Our children were able to raise their educational level this past year, which brought the attention of the villagers, who showed interest in their children attending our school.” GIVE NOW to help compassion ministries like this one in the former Soviet Union.