By Bakhid N.
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, who make up the majority of the population. Due to new government laws and regulations, Christians in Kazakhstan are now losing their religious freedom.
NEWS FROM OUR FAMILY
I thank you all for your prayers. I asked you to pray for my son Damir, and now I can see God acting and slowly changing his heart. Please continue to pray for him!
NEWS FROM OUR CHURCH
I continue preaching from II Kings. I finished preaching on the life of Jehoahaz, first son of Josiah. Then I moved on to looking at the life of the next king Jehoiakim. This was very beneficial, because God was teaching me and the church this important truth: that judgment and shame come upon God’s people if they ignore the gracious discipline of the Lord. We learned that God’s discipline comes:
- When God’s people only want to take care of the consequences of sin but do not want to address the root of the problem.
- When God’s people are tempted to reject those who tell them the truth.
As I mentioned before, God has been teaching me a lot through the study of this text. It has also been a very applicable passage for solving some current spiritual issues in our church.
MISSION PROJECT IN THE SOUTH
I have been working on my mission project to Southern Kazakhstan whenever I can find the time. The board of elders of our church recently held a meeting, and it was decided that we will create a formal missions outreach project for Southern Kazakhstan.I was authorized to lead this mission. I praise God that the other men in our church are seeing the need for me to serve the Kazakh nationals, who are desperately in need of the gospel. This project will be coordinated by our church, and Lord willing, they will send me out to this needy land in the near future. Here are the three areas of spiritual work that I am preparing to do in the South:
- Preach the gospel to the unbelieving Kazakh people there.
- Influence the local church through expository preaching.
- Train pastors and men within a specific region, with a special emphasis in expository preaching.
The region to which I will be moving is quite large, with a population over 1.5 million. There are many who have never heard the gospel and many Christians who need instruction. Because of this, we will also seek to begin translating books into the Kazakh language. We are currently developing plans and estimating translation costs for sound literature for evangelization and further education of God’s people.
Please, pray for me as I realize my short-comings as a husband and a father. Pray that I may know how to love my wife and children better. This is my greatest personal prayer need. Please also pray for my children and their salvation. I praise God for my wife and her support of my desire to move and serve the Kazakh nationals. She is also learning the language and is trying very hard. Please pray for this opportunity in the South.