Adventures in Ministry

Founder CEO Steve Sharp with Abror
Founder & CEO Steve Sharp with Abror

HEARTS AFLAME: ABROR IN UZBEKISTAN

A Dangerous Journey

Earlier this month we introduced you to Abror and Umida.  Now we want to tell you about a very dangerous journey taken by Abror, which impacted Umida, his family, and even Global Heart Ministries.

If you’ve ever needed to update your passport or get a visa, then you know what a hassle that can be, even right here in the United States.  Imagine that same ordeal, but with a repressive government well-known for wide-scale violation of all basic human rights, especially religion.

A Willing Spirit

Abror’s passport was up for renewal.  What’s more, the passport had restrictions concerning which countries he could visit.  Abror desired to minister in other Central Asian countries beyond Uzbekistan, but his passport made it impossible.  While there might have been shortcuts or work-arounds to extend the passport without returning to Uzbekistan, Abror felt called to go back and get his passport updated, so he could later travel wherever he wanted.  Those of us who love him warned him of the dangers he would face, but he was determined.

Abror in Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, Abror stayed with his Muslim family.  Most of his Uzbek friends are Muslims.  The dangers for a Christian TV host were manifest, especially one who is as vocal about his faith in Jesus Christ as Abror is.  The immediate reaction to Abror’s return was astonishment, that during his absence from them, he had remained a Christian.  They assumed his new faith was merely a phase; something he would get over.

The first order of business was to get busy on the passport.  During his stay, Abror met many people who had been waiting for months and years for their passport to be approved, but Abror didn’t believe God wanted him stuck in Uzbekistan for more than a few months.  He began the process and we all prayed for a miracle.

When God is in charge, amazing things happen.  Abror did have to go through a lot of red tape and many difficult interviews, but the one thing we were worried about, was the one thing that didn’t happen.  The Uzbeks weren’t really concerned about his programs.

Count this as a miracle!  The police watched one the animal programs, liked it and didn’t see anything to be alarmed about.  That’s how blind people can be to the Gospel when the Holy Spirit is not working them.  On each show, Abror shares the Good News of Jesus Christ, but his interrogators only saw a cute show about animals.

The most difficult part of the interviews was the interrogation about Muslims in America.  The police wanted to know what was happening in American mosques, who the leaders were in the mosques and who was attending.  Eventually they revealed they were willing to give him his passport, but only if he was willing to spy on his fellow Uzbeks.  When he said no, they sent him home and told him he would never get his passport.

To read the rest of this exciting story, come back on Thursday!

Set Your Heart Aflame

Like Abror, you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill the Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the most unreached regions of the world.

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