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God’s Word is not Bound!

I did not have a Bible, and I dreamed of a Bible of my own that I could read for myself. I knew that it was difficult because most Christian literature is not allowed in prison.
'Does the Word of God have an impact on people’s lives? Yes, it does!'

And what about those who are under bondage and darkness of Islam? Can the Word of God lead them out into the Light and set them free? Yes, the Word of God can - and we are witnesses of this today.’

This is how our partners in mission described the ministry of the Independent Bible Correspondence School [IBCS].  Through the SGA-sponsored IBCS, people from all over Central Asia can study the Word of God in seven languages: Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Uzbek, Turkmen, Karakalpakian and Russian.

As the apostle Paul pointed out to young Timothy that ‘the Word of God is not bound’ so today God’s Word is penetrating hearts bringing light into darkness and freedom from bondage!   

The following is the testimony of a convicted man serving a life term in a Central Asian prison.
‘I was running the race of life without thinking about what really mattered. I did not pay attention to anything that I could not physically sense or touch. As a result, I ran without thinking and stumbled severely… I am now serving a life sentence in prison. This is a good place to reconsider one’s life, and no one is in a hurry here. What happened to me can be described by a Bible verse, ‘Cease striving and know that I am God’. This was a good time for me to stop striving and get to know God. I thought about my life. I started corresponding with my sister who lives in Russia and my brother who lives in Kazakhstan. They are both Christian believers, and they encouraged me in my religious searching. They gave me all the support they could, but I did not have a Bible, and I dreamed of a Bible of my own that I could read for myself. I knew that it was difficult because most Christian literature is not allowed in prison. Someone told me to try to write to Bibel Mission [SGA’s partners in mission] and ask for a Bible. I wrote and asked if they could just send me a small booklet with some Bible teaching. A few weeks later, I received the full Bible and an invitation to apply for the IBCS course. I was so excited about my personal Bible, I forgot about everything else. God knew I needed it badly! I could not believe I was holding the real Bible in my humble hands! I am so grateful that someone took genuine care about me and sent me this precious gift. I started reading it, but many things that I read did not make much sense to me. And then I remembered that with the Bible there came an invitation to the correspondence Bible school. I wrote back and applied because I needed someone to explain to me what certain texts of the Bible mean. A few weeks later, I received my first course on the ‘First Steps in Christian Faith’. I am very excited to study the Bible thanks to the correspondence school. There was a time when I had to stop striving and be still. Now is the time to get to know God personally through studies at the correspondence Bible school.’

This is a timely reminder for us that ‘God’s Word is not bound’!  Currently, hundreds of people are searching for God and growing in their faith through the IBCS.

Pray that God will use this special ministry to fulfil His purpose in many lives.