Faith on the Silk Road

Elijah’s Book is a rare Persian document related to Christianity

HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST:  CHRISTIANITY PEEKING THROUGH THE FOG

Finding Christianity in the Archaeological Haystack

The first impediment to archaeological research in all Central Asia is due to the extreme climatic conditions,” bewails a scholar of Nestorian archaeology.  Nestorians were a sect of fourth century Christians who left an archaeological footprint in Central Asia, but as the scholar goes on to explain, their trail and the trail of Christianity in general is a hard one to follow.

While climate is recognized as a primary challenge in solving this puzzle, it is far from being the only one.  Christianity was not native to the area; it was carried there among the parcels and packages of the travelers passing through.  Once planted it was rarely allowed to grow unhampered by other influences.  While the Western travelers thought bilaterally – I am a Christian/I am not a Christian – the Eastern thought process tended to be more complicated, amalgamating multiple belief systems  into a personal theology, so even when Christian symbols are found they are often tainted by evidence of other belief systems.

When Christianity arrives in most cultures, it faces down an panoply of gods.  The choice is clear, one God or many.  The followers of Christ traveling the Silk Road, many of whom were Nestorians, encountered another monotheistic religious tradition, Zoroastrianism, which dominated the area for many centuries before the birth of Christ.  Many scholars believe the Magi of the Bible were actually Zoroastrians and they find many cross-over  influences between Judaism and Zorastrianism.  This makes following the trail of Christianity even more confusing – especially when you consider the Nestorian form of Christianity was eventually declared heretical by the Byzantine church.

Climate had another ally in its effort to wipe out the trail of Christianity, and it is another monotheistic religion – Islam.   The Silk Road trade routes, utilized for over fifteen hundred years, were shut down by the Ottoman Empire and all ties with the West were severed.  While the initial indoctrination to the Muslim faith had not been particularly strong, it was followed by many centuries of unrivaled influence.  During this period ideologies of the West were systematically barred from entering and those already existing erased.  Churches became mosques and over the years the Muslims were almost successful in eradicating any evidence of Christianity along the once heavily traveled Silk Road.

"Finally," our frustrated archaeologist says, "one must note the extreme fragmentation of the documentation;it is dispersed in many countries, and it appears in many languages, not always well known, or in publications with very limited circulation and unknown to most outside a circle of orientalists. The dispersion of documentary materials has been caused not only by the division of the region into various states, but it is also due to the differing nationalities of the scientific expeditions which have taken significant material back to their respective countries, where it is preserved in their museums and libraries. This has also led to the publication of this material in a haphazard variety of languages. Such dispersion, generally characterized by inferior holding facilities and poor study centers, constitutes an almost insurmountable obstacle for those who wish to have a synoptic vision of the condition of the studies."

The Needle of Christianity is Being Uncovered

The Nestorian archaeologist admits, “Archaeological remains are few, but diverse, and they include sacred buildings, tombs, mural paintings, different objects, and inscriptions.”  So, in spite of the difficulties, evidence of Christianity in the lands of the Silk Roads is coming to light.

While faith does not come through evidence, but by belief, it is important to Central Asians to know they have not been the first Persians to embrace Jesus Christ.  One of the methods used by unbelievers to discourage  Christians is to disinherit them from the Persian culture, a key element in the personal identity of all Central Asians.  As more evidence comes to light, proving Christianity has been a part of the Central Asian culture since before the rise of Islam, Christians are emboldened to hold on to their faith and share it with others.  This is a great encouragement to our Central Asian audience, for both the believers and seekers.  Archaeology has become an unwitting ally in GHM’s efforts to reach the lost in Central Asia and the Middle East.

Help Reap the Harvest

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation in The Middle East and Central Asia. 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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Hagai Sophia – A Cradle of Christianity

Photo of Istanbul with Hagai Sophia in the background from Encyclopedia Brittanica

HEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE TO MODERN LANDMARK

Since the Time of Legends

The site of Hagai Sophia has been a site of worship since the Emperor Constantine the Great built a cathedral there in 325 AD, but legend tells us people may have been worshiping there for even longer.  Constantine’s cathedral was reportedly built on a site which had traditionally been used for pagan worship.  This sort of geographical practicality is a familiar theme throughout the world and it continues until today.

In ancient times, pagan worship was often associated with hilltops, and, as you can see in the picture above, Hagai Sophia certainly dominates the horizon.  However, the cathedral Constantine built is not the building you see today.

Architectural Aggravation

Constantine the Great

Constantine built his cathedral as a permanent testimony to his Savior, Jesus Christ.  He overturned the religious status quo after Christ came to him in a vision and he was determined to spread the Gospel.  Sadly, his human determination did not protect his cathedral.

Within 80 years (404 AD) the cathedral was damaged by fire.  The population of Constantinople rioted because, after a flurry of political machinations, their archbishop was banished for a second time.  The riots resulted in a fire.  After the fire, the cathedral was rebuilt by the Roman Emperor Constans I and the restored building was rededicated in 415 by the Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosis II.

Justinian I

But the cathedral’s woes did not end there.  It burned again in 532 under the reign of the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian I.  It was Justinian I who envisioned the beautiful building we see today in Turkey.  His masterpiece only took six years to build, being completed in 537.

Justinian’s vision had been a little too grand.  The dome collapsed in 558 and was restored in 562, only to collapse twice more.  The determined Byzantines kept at it and eventually made it smaller with enforcement added to the outside.  While Constantine’s cathedral building did not last, his efforts did live on in the succession of buildings occupying the hilltop on which he chose to build.

Political Insults

Since the time of the Byzantine Empire, Hagai Sophia has overlooked the city, but almost as soon as the architecture of the cathedral became stable, the city itself became unstable.  Constantinople played a key political and religious role throughout  the Crusades, which began in 1096.  Power ebbed and flowed between Constantinople and Rome according to who was in charge.

 In 1204 the city became a political ploy.  A group of Venetian Crusaders on their way to free Jerusalem were persuaded to help a king regain control of Byzantium.  The Crusaders did their job, but the people rejected their restored monarch, and after he was deposed, he was murdered.  That left a lot of unpaid Venetian Crusaders, who preceded to extract their payment out of the city by looting Hagai Sophia, only leaving the building intact.  The cathedral continued to stand, though it required rebuilding refitting until the arrival of the Ottomans

Enter the Ottomans

Mehmet II

Due to a prophesy by Mohammed, the Hagai Sophia was a very special target.  Mohammed said the first Muslim to pray there was promised a place in heaven.  When Mehmet II conquered Constantinople in 1453, he went directly to Hagai Sophia where he found a local man looting.  Mehmet was having none of that and he began a 470 year long occupation of the building as a mosque.

Like Christian predecessors, the new Islamic caretakers continued to build and rebuild the edifice adding ever more magnificent accoutrements to the venerable old edifice.

Secularization

After the end of World War I, Turkey was divided up into bits and pieces and the mosque within Hagai Sophia was not its greatest concern.  However, by 1934 the building had been secularized and a year later it became a museum.

Though not being used for worship services, for over 80 years (the lifespan of Constantine’s original cathedral) the world visited Istanbul to admire Hagai Sophia. Careful restorations were carried out during this time and Sophia returned to her former countenance.

Artisans painstakingly coaxed the Christian decorations out from behind the Islamic “improvements”.  Admired by all, the museum was particularly loved by Christians who were amazed by decorations originally applied in the days of Byzantium.  

In 2006, worship returned to Hagai Sophia, but the worship did not match the architectural restoration’s devotion to Christianity.  A small prayer room for staff members, both Christian and Muslim, was opened.  In 2013, the Muslim call to prayer returned to the minarets.  Then, on July 1, 2016, Muslim prayer services returned.

A Christian Landmark No More

The tide has turned against the Christian attributes of Hagai Sophia.  In 2017, the Turkish government limited tourist access to the museum to Mondays, and even that access is only available until October 31.  Rumors suggest it will be closed to tourism and like in the days of the Ottomans, Christians will have to receive a special permit to enter the mosque.

Though precious to Christians for its history, Hagai Sophia is only a building.  The Christian Church is the Body of Believers.  Whatever happens to Hagai Sophia, the Spirit is moving in Turkey.  Even now, in rebellion against the privations imposed by Islamic politicians, Muslims are seeking information about Jesus Christ.  Expatriate Christians from Central Asia and the Middle East have communities with hidden churches.  Satellite TV and the Internet are used to ferret out the Good News.  And GHM is there.

Help Reap the Harvest

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

More Links to our Heart Print

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Many Ways to Connect

Last week we gave you the keys to our social media Heart Print and explained how GHM’s Social Media Advocates help us reach hurting hearts on the other side of the globe.  If you’re the online type (and most of us are these days), then you might also be interested in some other links which complement our social media sites which might interest you.

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Speaking of links, if you read last week’s blog on social media, then you might have noticed our Facebook handle was a little different than the rest of them.  Well, there’s a reason for that.

As we’ve worked on expanding our Heart Print, we’ve focused on connecting with our American friends to build a strong audience.  We thought we’d need that to gain the attention of our viewers in Central Asia and the Middle East.  To our surprise, they were ahead of us.  One day we realized our friends across Central Asia and the Middle East had not only found our Facebook page, they were sharing it with their friends.

As the number of international friendships grew, we realized the Lord had been ahead of us – again. While our American friends know us as Global Heart Ministries, we broadcast under the d.b.a. of Global Heart Media. In order to better serve our international audience we’ve changed our “handle” on Facebook to Global Heart Media and will be migrating that change over the rest of our Heart Print in the future.

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While sites like Facebook and Instagram are focused on breaking news, our websites provide other types of information.  The Global Heart Ministries Webpage (http://globalheartministries.org) provides resources for our ministry partners, volunteers and donors.  Our Vimeo site (http://vimeo.com/globalheartmedia) allows visitors to view our library of programming. The Global Heart Media Website (http://www.globalheartmedia.org) is a language driven portal for our target countries.

The Pulse

Our monthly e-news is called The Pulse and it is delivered to your email in box.  In it we provide updates, ministry stories, prayer requests and videos.  Occasionally, we’ll also sent a Pulse Extra when we have news that can’t wait until our usual publication date.

To Subscribe to Our E-News:

  1. Go to http://globalheartministries.org
  2. On the Home Page, next to the top picture, click on “Latest News & Headlines”
  3. Click on any newsletter listed there
  4. Click on Subscribe (at the top on the left)
  5. Fill in the form and submit

smile-logoHow to Use Amazon Smile

This online tool allows you to donate to us cost-free.  You just purchase whatever you were going to buy anyway on Amazon.com and Amazon makes a donation to us for you.

Here’s how it works:

1. Go to http://smile.amamzon.com and sign into your Amazon account.
2. Use the search bar to look for Global Heart Ministries in Plano, TX and check the box next to it.
3. After that, just remember to always shop at smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com and they’ll automatically donate to us every time you shop. It’s just that easy – but you do have to remember to use the smile.amazon.com log-in page, so be sure to bookmark it!
4. You can share this amazing opportunity with your friends, with this link: https://globalheartministries.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/amazon-smile-and-global-heart-ministries/

Join Your Heart to Ours

Using these online tools is just one of the ways 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.

How to Get Social with GHM

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: FACEBOOK, WORDPRESS, INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER

Social Media-Heart PrintThe GHM Heart Print

Social Media is the 21st century’s communications tool of choice.  Whether you’re only on Facebook to see your grandkids’ pictures or you’re constantly online to share, chat, and like, pretty much everyone, all around the world, uses social media.  While media experts call the sum total of an entity’s social media presence a “foot print,” here at GHM, we call our social media persona our “Heart Print.”

We’re pretty excited about that Heart Print these days.  While no one would be surprised to discover most of our friends on Facebook are Americans, you might not realize the next largest group is from Afghanistan and we have followers in Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kazakhstan.  If you take a look at the stats on our blog, the graphic showing where our readers come from looks like a meeting of the United Nations.

social mediaThe Arithmetic of Algorithms

If you follow our feeds, you’ll stay up to date our latest developments all over the world, but you’ll also do something even more important. You’ll help us greatly increase the number of people we’re able to reach with our message.  Millions watch our programs via satellite.  Imagine being able to help us reach even more hurting hearts just with the simple click of your mouse.

Though it may seem the circulation of items on social media is random, it’s actually based on very specific algorithms. The most basic building block for those algorithms is the number of people following a feed. Believe it or not, by simply following our blog or liking a post on Facebook, you could help us reach someone in Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan with the Good News.

We’re Glad You’re Here 

You may have arrived at this blog post by a number of means.  You may have seen us on Facebook or maybe a friend forwarded it to your inbox.  However you arrived, we’re glad you made it.  If you’d like to follow this blog, there are two ways to do it:

  • If you’re someone who uses Facebook regularly, you can like and follow us there.
  • Or if you’d prefer for a link of the latest blog articles to be forwarded directly to you via email, you can follow the blog.
  • If you do both, it’s like turbocharging the algorithms.

Below you will find instructions to help you connect with our Heart Beat on various pages.  To ensure these sites notify you of our posts, we recommend you go online from a computer. What you see on your phone is truncated and you may not be able to follow the steps as outlined. Also, while your phone may allow you to like a post, some phones will not show you the option to follow our feed.

facebook_circle-128To Like & Follow us on Facebook

  1. Go to our page:  www.facebook.com/globalheartmedia/
  2. Beside the heart logo, click the Like Button.
  3. Click on the arrow for the menu on the Like Button.
  4. Select “See First” under “In Your Newsfeed”
  5. Select “All On” under “Notifications”

Then scroll down the page liking, commenting and sharing.  (The more frequently you do this step, the more people see our posts.)

wordpresssocial_5-128To Subscribe/Follow the Blog

  1. From your search page, go to globalheartministries.wordpress.com/ (or if you are already here, just follow the steps below)
  2. On the right side of the screen, below the picture of the mountain, look for FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL
  3. Click on that. If a dialog box asks for your email address, fill it in (some of your search engines may provide this automatically.)
  4. If you have a WordPress blog of your own, clicking the Blue WordPress ”Follow” Button, will add the posts to your reader.
  5. Our blog also has a monthly prayer page.  The URL is https://globalheartministries.wordpress.com/prayer/

instagramTo Follow Us on Instagram

Go to http://www.instagram.com/globalheartministries/

Click the Follow Button

twitter-128To Follow Us on Twitter

Go to http://twitter.com/globalheartmin

Click on the Follow Button

Join Your Heart to Ours

Being a Social Media Advocate is just one of the ways 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.

 

Tarana – At Work for the Lord in Azerbaijan

Tarana - Devoted to Leading the Lost to the Lord
Tarana – Devoted to Leading the Lost to the Lord

HEARTS AFLAME: WE CALL HER OUR SECRET WEAPON

She Found Us

Here at GHM, we call Tarana Lindsay our secret weapon.  Just like a tornado, she’s unstoppable, but unlike a tornado, which leaves destruction in its wake, Tarana spreads joy, hope, and salvation.

We didn’t find Tarana, she found us.  She wrote to our founder and told him why she needed to be a part of the program we were planning for Azerbaijan.  Of course, we could not resist such passion.

Setting up for an episode of Sweet Conversations
Setting up for an episode of Sweet Conversations with Steve Sharp

Sweet Conversations, our Azerbaijani talk show needed guests for Season Three.  Tarana said she could get Azerbaijani musicians, singers and dancers to come on the program.  She went to Azerbaijan, visited with the Minister of Culture and got permission to use Azerbaijani talent on our programs.  Imagine that in a country where Christianity is barely tolerated and Christians are often persecuted!   Then she went one step further, and as the Muslim guests waited in the green room for their performances to be filmed, Tarana shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with them.

Tarana is also the one who brought Timothy, a Muslim songwriter, to the show to write a new theme song.  Now Timothy and many of his family are bold witnesses for Jesus Christ and Timothy is dubbing our Uzbek programs into Azerbaijani.

Tarana with Sweet Conversation host, Narmin Backus
Tarana with Sweet Conversations host, Narmin Backus between takes

They Find Her

Tarana is relentless in her determination to bring the lost to the Great Shepherd.  Every day she wakes up and begs the Lord to show her someone she can share the Gospel with.  Even before she was co-hosting Sweet Conversations, she used tools like social media and networking to reach hurting people.  She is busy all day, every day, sharing the Good News with anyone who will give her an ear.

Recently, she was surprised to receive a call from a pair of old friends. During the conversation, Tarana discovered her friends were now high level government officials. The friends said they saw Tarana on TV and went to social media to find her.  After a few pleasantries, Tarana discovered her old friends had not called just to share old memories.

The friends were troubled by her religion.  They feared she had gotten involved in some cult.  Tarana assured them she was not caught up in some religion, she had met Jesus Christ and believed in Him.  Tarana told them to keep watching the show and they would understand.

The friends watched and the calls keep coming.  Like the Pharisees of old, the two friends try to catch Tarana up in some faulty theology, but she just keeps sharing the love of Jesus Christ with them.  Please pray with Tarana these old friends of hers will soon come to accept the sacrifice Christ made for them on the Cross.  Then these three ladies can spend eternity chatting about theology together.

Our secret weapon chats with a Sweet Conversations guest
Our secret weapon chats with a Sweet Conversations’ guest

Set Your Heart Aflame

Like Tarana, 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.

 

A Desire to Serve

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Our Sweet Conversations Host

One of the most popular and highly recognizable faces in our ministry is that of Narmin Backus.  She’s the host of Sweet Conversations, our women’s talk show for Azerbaijan, but you don’t have to live in Azerbaijan to love her.  Her sweet smile and vibrant personality warm up any room she walks into.  Whether she’s attending a GHM event or representing us at an international conference, you’ll find an excited crowd around her, wanting to learn more about GHM and what we do.

Ken and Narmin on the set
Ken and Narmin on the set, with one of her paintings in the background

Narmin’s Mild-Mannered Alter Ego

It would be easy to imagine that when she’s not filming a season of Sweet Conversations or attending an event for GHM, our glamorous host is getting her hair and nails done or lunching with other TV personalities, but that’s not the life of our GHM talent.  While Narmin is paid a modest amount during film shoots, in her off-camera life she works as an Art teacher in Houston, while donating a great portion of her time to GHM as a translator, counselor, and fundraiser.

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In the green room with our make-up artist

The desire of her heart is to leave her teaching job and move to the Dallas area to work full-time for GHM.  It’s our desire, too.  We could use her help in a number of areas she is uniquely qualified for, including recruiting, training and managing our Connect counselors, among a long list of other important tasks.  Unfortunately, we need to raise support for her salary before we can make her dreams come true – but you can help.

Pledge Support for Narmin

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Presenting the case for Azerbaijan at GHM’s Open Hearts High Tea

Did you know you can help bring Narmin to GHM in a full-time capacity?  We’ve already set aside a fund for her employment and you can donate to it by earmarking your donations in “support of Narmin Backus”.  Narmin’s been fundraising in the Houston area for just this purpose and donations are beginning to flow in.  Your donation, marked for Narmin’s support, can make this dream, one we all share, a reality.

The Art of Support

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Narmins Studio on the set

However, there are other ways to support Narmin.  Did you know Narmin is an accomplished artist?  The premise Sweet Conversations is built around Narmin and Tarana discussing Bible stories as Narmin sketches scenes from the stories in her studio.  At the end of each show, a beautiful piece of art is revealed – sometimes an acrylic or oil painting, but also works in charcoal and pastels.  These paintings decorate our office and are displayed at our events.  If you purchase one of these wonderful pieces, the entire amount goes directly to Narmin’s support.  Just give us a call if you’re interested.

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Narmin wearing one of her creations

Narmin also creates beautiful pieces of wearable art and sells them online.  Narmin devotes all the profit from these sales to supporting her transition to the GHM staff.  Her handcrafted work is unique, lovely and affordable – whether you are buying it to give to someone else or simply as a gift for yourself.  To find out more, go to Narmin’s Art Studio on Facebook and send her a message.

Set Your Heart Aflame

By supporting Narmin, 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.

Happy 2017 from GHM

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Our GHM Samovar

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: LOOKING AHEAD

Let’s Share Some Tea

Celebrating the New Year with family and friends is a tradition throughout Central Asia and the Middle East.  In each home, a gracious hostess pours tea for her guests from a piping hot samovar. In some cultures the tradition is to fill the glass to the brim to show the depth of the home’s hospitality.  In others, a full tea glass would be a rude suggestion to drink your tea and leave, so the hostess would only give you a few sips at time.  Let’s pretend you’ve dropped by for a visit, but you’ll have to pour your own cup of tea.

A Little Music in the Kitchen
A Little Music in the Kitchen

Sharing Memories

All around the globe, the turn of the year is a time to look back over the past twelve months.  What kind of year was it for you?  We hope it was filled with special memories and a bounty of blessings.

The GHM year was amazing in many respects, thanks to the blessings of our Lord and our generous donors.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Filmed new seasons for our Uzbek Animal Show, Azerbaijani Women’s Talk Show and our Uzbek Men’s Cooking & Testimony Show. (Hayvonot Zamini – Animal World, Sirin Sohbat Sweet Conversations and Hayot Noni – Bread of Life.)
  • Grew the number of satellites broadcasting our programs and doubled the hours of broadcasting.
  • Our Central Asian teaching pastor trained and spiritually supported almost 150 house pastors.
  • Kicked off Connect, a phone & text counseling system to compliment our broadcasts.
  • Hosted the first Open Hearts High Tea, a heartwarming success, and introduced Esther’s Friends, Women Serving God through GHM.  (Men desiring to serve God through GHM are welcomed to join the new Daniel’s Men of Valor.)
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    A Night of Dreams

    Held our annual Fundraising Gala, A Night of Dreams – truly a dream come true.

  • Traveled thousands of miles to share the Gospel and the story of GHM.  We also had several opportunities to enrich our knowledge of our target region and its people groups.
  • Re-branded our newsletter, The Global Heart Beat, and our e-news, The Pulse.  Began posting two blogs a week on a regular basis and ramped-up other social media interactions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
  • Became an approved charity on Amazon Smile.
On the Set of I am Thankful
On the Set of I am Thankful

Looking Ahead

No New Year’s Celebration would be complete without sharing best wishes for the coming months.  What do you have planned for 2017?  We hope the entire year is a smashing success for you and yours.

Here are a few things we hope to accomplish this year:

  • Film more new seasons beginning in March with our Uzbek Women’s Talk Show (Shukar Aytaman – I Am Thankful).
  • Develop our Connect Counselor Team to include more counselors and more languages.
  • Lip-synch dub our current inventory of Uzbek programs into the Azerbaijani language to widen their audience. (More about this on Thursday.)
  • Translate and dub the movie Shawn into Farsi for broadcast in Iran.
  • Build Partnerships with other ministries operating in our target countries
Open Hearts High Tea
Open Hearts High Tea
  • Host the next Open Hearts High Tea and an Annual Fundraiser, to grow our volunteer team and expand our budget.
  • We have rights to other projects, like an animated series called Friends and Heroes, we’d like to dub into our target languages, if we get funding.

These dreams only scratch the surface of our hopes for 2017.  We hope you’ll partner with us to make these dreams a reality.

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Share the Overflowing Joy

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries in 2017 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 explore this vision and consider being 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.

Remember GHM on Giving Tuesday

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Something Good from Social Media

Social media can be a mixed bag, but there is no question the internet phenomena can do a lot of good.  From finding pets lost in a tornado to raising awareness for important causes, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest of the social media sites have woven themselves into the fabrics of our lives.

One of the most generous ideas to come out of social media is #GivingTuesday.  As Black Friday madness peaked, lives were lost to raucous crowds while epic examples of self-gratification and selfishness dominated the news.  Amidst these tragedies of excess, along came an opportunity to give instead of consume.

Giving Tuesday was the brainchild of the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, and was announced in 2012 on Mashable.  According to the Non-Profit Hub, in its third year giving went up 63 percent, as Black Friday sales went in the other direction. Apparently it did feel pretty good to give.

Let Your Giving Count for the Gospel

If you’re considering a #GivingTuesday donation this year, we’d like for you to think of us.  Global Heart Ministries is taking the Gospel into the living rooms of Central Asia and the Middle East by broadcasting quality Christian programs via satellite.  This technology allows the Gospel to reach men, women and children no missionary would ever have the opportunity to meet.

While we welcome prayers, volunteering and donations every day of the year, we are particularly in need of your financial donation this holiday season.  We have a $128,000 shortfall in our budget and we need your help.  In Ezekiel 22:30, God is searching for someone to stand in the gap for Israel.  Today we need you to stand in the gap for us.

Help Reap the Harvest

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.

 

 

Living in the Time of Acts

dreamsHEARTS RIPE FOR HARVEST: VISIONS, DREAMS & TECHNOLOGY

The Spirit is Moving in Central Asia and the Middle East

If you were chatting with your next door neighbor in your American suburb and they told you Jesus had come to them last night in a dream, what would you think?  Perhaps you’d assume they were a nut case or some sort of religious fanatic.  That’s a possibility, but if you were involved in ministry in Central Asia and the Middle East, real dreams of Jesus, visions and prophesy are every day occurrences.

Members of the GHM staff recently attended a conference for organizations ministering to one of our target countries.  We heard story after story of believers who were wrenched away from Islam by experiences similar to the apostle Paul.  We were reminded over and over of Acts 2:17:

“And it shall be in the last days,” God says,”That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”

We know just how real these testimonies of dreams and visions are, because we hear about them so frequently from the people we minister to.  We’d like to share one of the stories we heard at the conference, but for the sake of security, we can’t tell you the country or the name of the believer.  It doesn’t really matter, because we’ve heard the same sort of story so many times from  many of our target countries, but we’ll call this believer Sophia.

Jesus Came in a Dream

sewing-machineSophia was a good Muslim.  She ran a school for tailors in a major city.  She was married and had a daughter.  Things were as good as they could be in that part of the world.

Then one night, Jesus came to Sophia in a dream.  He revealed the Gospel to her and told her how to get a Bible.  The experience was so remarkable that Sophia immediately believed and she got her Bible by means that most of us would consider miraculous.

phoneTwo Years in Isolation, Then a Church

For two years Sophia never met another believer in her country.  She watched some Christian programming via satellite and called the number on the screen.  When she called, she was connected to a woman who became her spiritual mentor.  They communicated almost daily over the phone, but she knew no other believers.  After awhile she shared her faith with her husband who also believed, but they were completely isolated from any of the worship and fellowship American believers so casually take for granted.

When the two years were up, Sophia’s phone mentor suggested it was time for her to start a secret church in her home.  Sophia couldn’t believe she was called to do any such thing.  For one thing, she had this very busy tailoring school operating out of her home.  How could she also operate a secret church in the same place.

Like Gideon, Sophia laid out a fleece – one she thought was pretty safe.  If no one signed up for the next session of her wildly popular  tailoring school, then she should start a church.  Needless to say, all her potential students melted away and when the session’s deadline came along, there was no one to teach.

With fear and trepidation, Sophia started her secret house church with the help of her phone mentor.  Things went well for awhile, but then one of the church’s members was arrested.  She was alerted of the danger and was not even able to pack a bag.  She and her family became refugees in a strange land.  Eventually, they came to America where she now ministers to her fellow countrymen using the same broadcast technology GHM does.

 

Help Reap the Harvest

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.

Ready, Set, Bid!

Esther's Friends Coordinator, Jane Sadek, holds item for Silent Auction
Esther’s Friends Co-ordinator, Jane Sadek, holds handcrafted item donated for Silent Auction

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: A NIGHT OF DREAMS SILENT AUCTION

Treasures Fit for a Sultan!

You might want to bring along your secret stash of cash or get the limit of your credit card raised for A Night of Dreams, our evening of celebration and generosity on Saturday, October 22nd.  The items on our silent auction would tempt a sultan and you wouldn’t want to be overbid.

Staff, Board Members and Volunteers with Esther’s Friends have fanned out, collecting donations.  Rumor has it there will be some exciting items to bid on.  Take this wall hanging for instance. Donated by Artisan Tom Eubanks of The Hollow Log, this charming art piece, in the shape of Texas, would be a great addition to your decor.  Other items promised include unique travel opportunities, jewelry, small electronics and home decor.

Silent Auction Just the Beginning

Jake Pavelka, American Airlines pilot, model and reality show star from The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars to Emcee A Night of Dreams!
Jake Pavelka, American Airlines pilot, model and reality show star from The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars to Emcee A Night of Dreams!

Also on schedule for the evening:

  • Emcee, Jake Pavelka, American Airlines pilot, model and reality TV star of shows like The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars and Bachelor Pad, will be our guide for this exciting expedition.
  • Be among the first in thousands of years to see rediscovered archeological wonders from Biblical times
  • Delight in culinary treats from the Cafe 6:19 kitchen of Chef Michael Masters featuring a Mediterranean flair.
  • Meet Global Heart Media TV Personalities from Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
  • Enjoy the lovely, magical melodies of talented Uzbek musician, Zafar.

A Night of Dreams will be a celebration of our God-inspired dreams to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation.  Dreams and visions are just one of the tools the Holy Spirit is using across the Middle East and Central Asia to win hearts to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Hear testimonies to thrill your heart and your imagination from our TV personalities and other personal witnesses from our target countries.  Learn the plans GHM has to continue our hope-inspiring work in these dark lands and our hopes for the future.  Find out how GHM will incorporate these exciting archeological artifacts into the soul-liberating message we bring.

nod-invite-frontShare the Overflowing Joy

If you’d like to join us for the overflowing joy of celebrating “A Night of Dreams,”  please got to http://globalheartministries.org/events.  You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation, by sponsoring a table for $500 or with $50 individual tickets. 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 explore this vision and consider being 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.