the inside story

Children hear about Jesus!

The children sit at the bus stop because they do not know where to go. They don't have a home. They sit at the bus stop and watch the pub opposite, where their mother gets drunk. They have never seen her sober.

Every day after school, Bogdan (11 years old) from Central Asia and his sister sit at the bus stop. The children are not waiting for a bus. They sit at the bus stop because they do not know where to go. They don’t have a home. They sit at the bus stop and watch the pub opposite, where their mother gets drunk. They have never seen her sober. She lives with strange men, and does not work or care for the children, but she is their mum, and Bogdan and his sister wait for her every day.

Tragically many children in Central Asia similarly suffer from broken hearts. There is Amina (8) and her brother Arsen (12), whose mother died as a result of alcohol abuse and whose stepfather despises and beats them.

Shakhodat (11), is small, quiet girl who dreams of becoming a teacher while her brother Bilol was unable to speak, even at school age. Their father has not been able to find an apartment for years, so the family always lives with strangers.

The local churches take care of these children. They provide them with clothes, hot meals, embrace them with God’s love, and give them unforgettable holidays in Christian summer camps.

From their tragic circumstances, the children come to a completely different world at camp, a world where they are lovingly cared for by Christians, where they are respected and can make friends, a world where they discover treasures in God’s Word and meet Jesus Christ, who loves them, and who can heal and change their wounded hearts.

Bogdan especially enjoyed eating his fill of food every day. He now attends the church Sunday School. Arsen told the leaders that he wanted to firmly hold on to God. Little Shakhodat’s mother came to the congregation with Bilol and asked prayer for him. Today Bilol can speak.

God has done other miracles in Shakhodat’s family. Her mum brings all her children to church now. When Muslim relatives confront her for this, she bravely tells them: “In all of our country, no mullah or fortune teller could help us. But God has helped us!” This is a strong testimony for the whole family, and Shakhodat has already welcomed Jesus into her heart.

We want to give children the opportunity this summer to participate in a camp where they can have an opportunity to meet Jesus, who can heal and change their hearts.