Persecution in Central Asia
"started to interrogate us"
Persecution plays a big role in the lives of many believers in Central Asia. Our Brothers and Sisters must often bear heavy persecution and this makes it almost impossible for them to write letters. Even though we do not receive many letters, it is still our duty to give these people spiritual teaching and encouragement. Here is a response we received recently:
“I am experiencing great inner pain as I write this letter to you. Not too long ago we received a copy of the Ingil (New Testament) and one cassette. I also had the three letters that we received during our corresponding with you. I was keeping it all to myself. We (my two sons and I) listen to the cassette every morning.
Sadly, three people recently came to my home: a local authority and two people from the courthouse. They broke into our apartment and started to search without any explanations. Then they screamed at me: ‘Show us all the books that you are reading!’ I showed them all the books and amongst them was also the book Ingil. The people then started to interrogate us as to where we got the books and the Ingil. I did not lie to them and told them that the people from the radio sent them to us.
The people took the cassette, books and letters with them and we were taken to court. We were talked to, yelled and screamed at. We had to pay a high fine and nothing that was taken away from us was returned. We were let go with the understanding that we should not correspond with you anymore. I was very disappointed and frustrated.
May the Most High (God) keep you and give you health.”
This letter arrived after the court hearing.
It is rewarding to broadcast the Good News over the radio, to sow seeds knowing that God‘s promise is true: As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.“ (Isaiah 55:10-11)
TWR’s Central Asia Ministry began in 2000. There are currently two offices / recording facilities within the region. TWR is broadcasting programs 4 1/2 hours daily in ten different Central Asian languages. Radio programs are an excellent way to reach the younger and older generations in this region despite the difficult circumstances currently at hand.