This is my third day back in the city of Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan. I arrived here on Wednesday morning and after a brief sleep and a lunch with 12 local pastors I travelled to the city of Karakol – a 6 hour drive in the mountains. There I ministered from supper Wednesday through to Saturday night at 8:00p when I headed back here to Bishkek to begin ministering for 4 days.
Sunday I was honoured to share me testimony at a large local church limited in what I could share because it was a rented facility and thus officials could be in attendance watching what I was doing and saying. Later that day I met at length with elders from that church listening and learning about their experiences and the life of their church.
Monday the rest of my team caught up with me having ministered on Sunday in the city of Karakol, staying overnight, and then doing the 6 hour drive to the capital to join me. We spent some time in fellowship and then ministered in the evening at a public service held in their own building and so we had freedom to do whatever the Spirit led me to do.
Today we are having a quiet start so we have a bit of time to read our Bible and pray and then filter through all that has happened and all that we have experienced. Then some meetings with local leaders from several churches before an evening service in the same church as Sunday and last night. There will be about 100 in attendance and we are free to teach on anything we feel led to teach on. The general theme is the supernatural church and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It will be fun I am sure…remembering that services here are three to five hours in length. So, we will be tired by the end of the day.
It will be good to have time to sort through and filter all that is happening. Several times already I have been asked what I see and think about the church here in this nation. I have sensed, experienced, and seen much that is good and alive. But, there is also much that is not of God but is of man. There is a great deal that is religious and causing death and not releasing the life of God in His people. So, in the quiet of the mornings I hope to do more than sort and filter – I want to make a list of the things I have sensed that I can leave with the senior leaders of the churches we have been working in. This will take many hours over the next few days but it is why we come. It will help the churches we have worked with to know what the next steps are that they need to plan to take.
Of course, it is my hope that I will be able to build long-term relationships with some of the leaders and thus help them between visits through Skype, instant messaging, and emails. There is much work to do, things to dismantle, foundations to pour, and a church to see built in this great nation. A great place for apostles to work and I am ready to do just that – invest time and effort as well as resources into this struggling national church that the Lord is resurrecting and rebuilding from the sub-foundation upwards.
Please continue to pray for the church in this nation of Kyrgyzstan and my ministry here now and into the future.