VAN CHAOS TOT CHRISTUS

Die situasie in Kirgisië het die afgelope maand ‘n paar keer die internasionale media se aandag gehad, nadat duisende aggressiewe betogers aan die begin van Oktober die parlementsgebou bestorm het oor gerugte van inmenging tydens die land se nasionale verkiesing. In die ure wat gevolg het na die oproer het die regering die besluit geneem om die verkiesing nietig te verklaar en is ‘n tussentydse eersteminister aan bewind gestel. Die oproer het in die stad Bishek in anargie ontaard terwyl landsburgers aangehou het met eise dat die president tot verantwoording geroep moet word.

Die betogers was daarop uit om ‘n konfrontasie met die gereg uit te lok en ekstremiste het die chaos misbruik om vandalisme, geweld en diefstal te pleeg.

Suid-Afrikaners ken hierdie soort chaos al te goed, want daar is veral deesdae ‘n groeiende tendens van onsekerheid, soos wat deesdae in elke land heers. Vir die mense van Kirgisië is politieke onstabiliteit nie ongewoon nie.

Hierdie vergrype het al ‘n paar keer oor die afgelope 15 jaar plaasgevind,” volgens FEBC se Ethan Froelich. “’n Nuwe regering kom aan bewind en vir meeste van die mense in Kirgisië gaan die lewe aan soos normaal.”

Die groter kommer, in vergelyking met die ongewone gebeure, is die mense wat sonder Christus leef. Dit is sulke mense wie die slagoffers word van angs en ‘n oorweldigende gevoel van hopeloosheid, wat op die ou end in depressie, en sonder Christus, vasgevang word.

Kirgisië is wel ‘n klein land, maar beskik oor ‘n groot meerderheid mense wat in Islam glo en moeilik met die evangelie bereik word. Minder as 1% van die bevolking glo in Jesus. Die jammerte lê daarin dat die meerderheid op hul sterfbed opeindig en nooit eers sal hoor wat Jesus vir hulle werklik gedoen het. Dit is egter besig om te verander…

God is besig om deure in die land oop te maak sodat die evangelie die bevolking kan bereik. Christelike radiouitsendings het 10 jaar gelede nie bestaan nie, maar daar is vandag ses FM-stasies in die land gevestig wat die Goeie Nuus uitsaai – te danke aan volgehoue ondersteuning van ons vennote en donateurs. Die voordeel is dat die luisteraars na die Woord in hul eie taal kan luister.

Soos wat die protesoptogte deur die onveilige strate van Bishek gewoed het, en die woede en haat vir die regering tot ‘n breekpunt gestyg het, het FEBC nie gestop om die boodskap van hoop in Jesus Christus uit te saai nie. “Ons kies geen kant wanneer politiek ter sprake is nie,” het FEBC se Sentraal Asië-direkteur, Rudi Wiens, gesê. “Ons saai inligting uit waar mense gedurende die protesoptogte kos of mediese behandeling kan kry wanneer dit handuitruk. Dit is in tye soos hierdie waar mense na hoop soek en ons versoek ons luisteraars om eerder vir die regering te bid en dat daar ‘n spoedige oplossing vir die chaos gevind sal word. Ons doen moeite om mense ten spyte van die chaos, steeds van Jesus te vertel.

Kirgisië is ‘n relatiewe klein nasie in Asië wat sy grens met Sjina deel. Vanuit die totale Kirgisiese bevolking wat hoofsaaklik Islam volg, erken slegs 1% van die 6,3 miljoen landsburgers dat hulle in Jesus glo. Al toon die syfers dat hierdie land nog min met die evangelie te doen gehad het, is God besig om dit te verander. Die mense is uitgehonger vir ware sielskos, al is die idee van die Goeie Nuus vir hulle uiters vreemd. Ten spyte hiervan is ons baie bemoedig deur die groot getalle mense wat tans positief reageer, Jesus aaneem en nuwe mense word. Kyk gerus na die volgende video wat God besig is om te doen in Kirgisië.


FROM CHAOS TO CHRIST

Kyrgyzstan made international headlines earlier this month. Thousands of anti-government protestors and vigilante groups stormed the main political building on 6 October, in response to what many believe was a rigged election. Hours later the parliament voted to annul the recent election results and an interim prime minister was appointed until new elections can be held. People are apprehensive and many are calling for the president to be impeached as the city of Bishkek resorted to anarchy.

Protestors were displaying extreme hostile behaviour towards authorities and extremists took advantage of the situation by performing acts of violence, vandalism and looting.

As South Africans we are not unfamiliar with this type of chaos, which continues to worsen all over the world during these very uncertain times. For the people of Kyrgyzstan, political instability is even less uncommon.

This has happened several times over the past 15 years,” says FEBC’s Ethan Froelich. “A new government will come into power and, for most Kyrgyz people, life will go on as before.”

The greater concern is, what daily life is truly like for Kyrgyz people without Christ. Fear, anxiety and hopelessness are all feelings that dominate the lives of people who do not know Christ.

Kyrgyzstan is a relatively small, culturally Muslim-majority nation which remains largely unreached with the Gospel. Less than 1% of the population are born-again followers of Jesus. Most people will live and die having never heard about what Jesus has done for them.

The tide has turned. God is opening doors for the advancement of the Gospel in Kyrgyzstan. Ten years ago, Christian broadcasts were very scarce. Now, thanks to our faithful supporters and partners, there are six powerful FM radio stations broadcasting the truth about Jesus Christ to two-thirds of the country’s population. People are hearing the gospel in Kyrgyzstan in their own language.

While protests continued to flood the streets of Bishkek, FEBC was broadcasting a message of hope and new life in Christ. “We are not taking sides politically,” says FEBC’s Central Asia director, Rudi Wiens. “We are talking on the air about where people can get the things, they need during the unrest … things like food and medical attention. In times like these people are looking for hope. We are urging them to pray for the government and for a quick end to the chaos. And, of course, we are telling them about Jesus.”

Kyrgyzstan is a relatively small nation nestled on the border of China in the heart of Asia.  Less than 1% of this culturally Muslim nation profess Christian faith. With a population of 6.3 million, it is one of the least reached countries in the world. Yet God is at work in Kyrgyzstan in surprising ways. People are hungry for God. Most have never heard the message of the Gospel. The Good News of what Jesus has done for them is completely foreign. Yet when they hear it, astonishing numbers respond … lives are changed! This short video gives a glimpse of what God is doing in Kyrgyzstan.