Bakhid is pastor of a church in Northern Kazakhstan. He is a graduate of the Samara Center for Biblical Training and is a part of their fellowship of pastors. In addition to his regular preaching activities, Bakhid is also very active in evangelism among the Muslim Kazakhs in his area (They make up the majority of the population). Due to new laws and regulations imposed by the government, Christians in Kazakhstan are now losing their religious freedom.
Greetings to you all who are involved in supporting me and my family. For me personally, it is a manifestation of the indescribable grace of God. For this reason, I thank God and those Christians whose hearts are disposed to sacrifice in this way. Thanks to your ministry, my dream that I prayed to God about became real. I asked the Lord to give me the opportunity to participate in the work of the church in southern Kazakhstan, so that the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ might be proclaimed in my native Kazakh language.
I myself am a Kazakh, but I lived in northern Kazakhstan (populated mostly with Russian-speaking people) most of my life. I also was a pastor of a Russian-speaking church there, and I definitely saw the grace of God in all that we did. Realizing this, I rejoiced and thanked Jesus. Yet in my heart I had the desire to minister to Kazakhs, to share the gospel in their own language. For a small church like ours in the North, where I was one of the pastors, to send out a missionary would be an impossible task.
But now the Lord has answered our prayers and given us the opportunity to begin the work among Kazakhs. At the end of the summer, I moved with my family to the south of Kazakhstan. Here I see a completely different context. The people are truly Kazakh and need to hear the gospel in their own language. Now I am realizing my dream, and I am very pleased!
If I ask the question: “How could I have such an opportunity?” I can only give two answers:
- Due to the glory of God, manifested in His omnipotence. That is, God does what seems humanly impossible.
- Due to the diligence of Christians like you, through whom this glory had been manifested. Christians seeking to live for Christ, sacrificing time, energy, and money for His gospel.
Therefore, I sincerely thank you for your diligence and kindness. Through your lives, the name of our Lord is glorified. Here in our city, the name of the Lord is glorified not only through me, but even by some other people who live here. They thank the Lord that He gave me the opportunity to come to their city. This means that in praising God, they also thank God for you because the Lord has given this opportunity through your prayers and giving.
I pray, my friends, that the good hand of the Lord will always be on you all! Amen.