HEARTS ON THE MOVE: A SWEET, BUT UNEXPECTED CONVERSATION
Central Asia Full of Beauty and Conflict
Americans can have a hard time understanding rivalries which plague regions of the world like Central Asia. As a diverse nation of immigrants, Americans have developed racial conflicts and we argue about symbols, like the flag of the Confederacy, but we’ve only existed as a nation for a couple of centuries. Multiply these issues by thousands of years, and you can better grasp the complexities of identity in these cultures.
Before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the Americas were mostly wide open spaces, especially North America. Certainly native empires existed, but they were mere pockets of humanity in a sea of forest, plain, mountain, desert and jungle. The empires rose and fell over centuries rather than millennia, returning the land to the forest and jungle.
On the other hand, Central Asian civilizations have existed since the Scythians, Medes, and Ancient Greeks. Deep hatred has come to divide various people groups. At the same time, boundaries have been imposed by outsiders which only exacerbate the conflicts. One has to peel back layer after layer to begin to understand the hatred between various groups in countries like Azerbaijan.
Jesus Christ, the Peacemaker
Recently, Narmin, host of Sweet Conversations, our Azerbaijani women’s show, corresponded via email with a viewer, named Alfred. Her correspondent was an Armenian man living in Russia. He said:
“After the sad events […] my family had to leave Baku. In those days because of the lack of faith and understanding I was overcome with hatred toward your people, but Lord Jesus showed me the truth and spoke to me through His Holy Spirit of the value and the price of His blood that was shed for the Azerbaijani people as well. He also opened to me the truth that all enmity is eliminated on the Calvary cross and His love covers all people and is for all people. My heart softened and I repented from my hatred. In Jesus Christ there are no Armenians and there are no Azerbaijanis, or Turkish, in Jesus Christ there are only brothers and sisters and let the Lord bless you, dear sister, and your ministry.”
As it says in Isaiah 55:11, “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” This is why we do what we do. Our goal is to bring the Hope of the Gospel to hopeless people for whom there are few opportunities to know the Truth of God’s Word, but there is a bonus. Once filled with the Hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, ancient rivalries vanish.
Without Christ, a Central Asian man would not watch a show for women, much less correspond with the female host of the show and certainly an Armenian would not reach out to an Azerbaijani. Explaining the magnitude of the conflict, Narmin said, “I rejoice in the messages. I am so so grateful and praise God for this. This is big!!! This is a miracle. Just to give you a comparison: This conflict between our countries is as bad as Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Alfred closed his latest email with these words, “May the Lord bring His peace to this earth. May He send His mercy and so that there won’t be any more casualties from this pointless war. But most importantly may more people know our Lord Isa Mesih and would be saved through Him. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Good bye my sister Narmin.” Please join with Alfred in his prayer during this season of Christmas, as we have here at GHM.
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