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Secretly Worshipping!

The believers gather in an apartment as they do not have a place of their own in which to meet. The government does not grant registration to the church and some believers have known persecution from their family and friends.

In an ancient city in Central Asia, which some historians believe to be at least 2500 years old, is a group of believers. There are over twenty mosques but not a single registered Christian church.

About twenty years ago Christian believers began to pray about bringing the Gospel into this city. Back then they did not have any acquaintances or connections there.  However, the Lord already had a plan.

Through miraculous means, one couple in 2002 became the first believers in the city.  Since then, about thirty people have been baptized. The believers gather in an apartment as they do not have a place of their own in which to meet. The government does not grant registration to the church and some believers have known persecution from their family and friends.

Yet, despite all the difficult circumstances, the church continues to meet and proclaim the Gospel among the people. The small group gradually grew into a local church. They have regular meetings, worship services, Bible studies, social projects, youth clubs, summer camps for up to 70 people, and Christmas events, etc.

For this group of believers, and other similar groups, it is very common to meet in the room of a house which they call a Prayer Room. Since these rooms are open for other interested people to come and attend, they serve as a public facility and as such, require renovation from time to time.

They also need basic sanitary facilities including a toilet, to meet hygiene requirements. Not all the families can afford this, and so the local brothers considered these needs and searched for ways to help.

Through your support, SGA was able to help fund this project so that the facilities would be better suited for public use. Praise God that there is a group which worships the true and living God in this large city.

Pray for believers’ protection and that the Gospel outreach here will advance.

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