HEARTS AFLAME: ABROR IN UZBEKISTAN PART TWO
Stuck in Uzbekistan
On Tuesday we left Abror in Uzbekistan. The secret police threatened he would never get his passport if he would not agree to spy on his fellow Uzbek in the USA. Read on to find out what happened.
Deadlines on the Horizon
When Abror left the States, there was a deadline looming. He had to be back by mid-August or his American Green Card would expire. Though concerned for the welfare of our brother, his optimism and faith helped us believe he would be back.
As weeks turned into months, our concern got closer and closer to worry, but we tried to be brave for Umida and her kids. Because of the extreme surveillance on everyone in Uzbekistan, the only communication Abror and his family had was the occasional phone call, which had to be carried out in a sort of code. The most pressing issue of the passport could not be discussed at all, so they focused on the important things like their love for each other and for God.
The Rest of the Story
Between interrogations and meetings, Abror used his time in Uzbekistan to spread the Gospel among his friends and family, in spite of the danger. People warned him his brother could lose his job and his family could be persecuted, but Abror would not be silenced when the Holy Spirit urged him to speak.
The good news is that it all worked out…eventually. Once the passport was approved, there was one more obstacle. To leave Uzbekistan, Abror needed an exit visa. Uzbekistan and North Korea are the only countries in the world that require an exit visit.
As he worked through the process of getting the exit visa and obtaining flights, we watched the calendar. Not only was the Green Card deadline looming, the new seasons of Abror’s shows were about to air and they were bolder than any aired in the past. If anyone involved in the approval of his passport or exit visa watched one of his shows and was alarmed by what they saw, Abror could have been pulled off the plane, right up until the last minute. It happens all the time.
On the day Abror traveled back to Texas, everyone on staff at GHM was on pins and needles. We guessed at when he’d leave Uzbek airspace and prayed for deliverance. If Abror did not make the flight or ran into any problems, he was so close to his deadline that his Green Card would expire. If his Green Card expired, he would not be able to work for Global Heart Ministries and film the men’s cooking show scheduled for September.
We wanted him back under any circumstances, but Abor is so important to our ministry that we could not even imagine what we would do without him. Other problems had arisen in the ensuing months. His family needed him. His work with GHM is only part-time and his full -time job was at risk.
When Abror called Umida to tell her he was in the States and only a plane ride away from home, the joy we all felt was immeasurable. He landed in Dallas that night and came to our offices the next day.
Angels Watching Over Abror
Our reunion with Abror was sweet and we peppered him with questions. He chided us for our lack of faith. He told us he’d felt our prayers and knew he had angels watching over him. He also told us that he’d known all along that he was doing exactly what God wanted him to do and that God needed him back in the States. What a man of faith and how blessed we are to have him home.
Set Your Heart Aflame
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