December 27th 2010
THE SHEPHERD FROM CENTRAL ASIA
"I then threw the items from my past religion into the fire."
2 July 2012 - This month's "Our Story" comes from a Central Asian living in China. May this encouraging response bless and challenge you!
My name is J. I’m living in northwest China. I’m a college graduate and in my late 30s now. My family follows the local religion and ever since I was a child, I was taught that there is a God who governs all things. In the year 2000, I hit a low point in my life and my career. When I was shepherding sheep on the mountains, I used to listen to radio to search for comfort. By chance, I came across TWR’s Christian broadcast one day. I still remembered the resistance in my heart back then.
"a totally new teaching and faith
However, my heart was deeply attracted to God’s Word. On one hand, the traditional legalism of the local religion was binding my head. On the other hand, a totally new teaching and faith were challenging my heart. I was facing an intense struggle then. Eventually, I decided to just listen to it and began to take notes on the message—including portions that appealed to me and portions that I didn’t understand. I had two thick notebooks with my notes from the broadcasts. The more I listened to the message, the more I longed for His Word.
"I felt total relief and a bubbling joy
In those days, I desired for a Bible but couldn’t find one. Three months later, the broadcast was encouraging listeners to pray a sinner’s prayer, and without a second's thought, I followed the presenter in praying the prayer. After that, I felt total relief and a bubbling joy deep down from my heart. I had never felt this in the past; I then threw the items from my past religion into the fire. From then on, I kept listening to the broadcast. I got a Bible later and continue to read it daily.
TWR’s Central Asia Ministry began in 2000. There are currently two offices/recording facilities within the region. TWR is broadcasting programs four and a half hours daily in 10 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.
Source: Our Story
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