Across Central Asia, Christians are living under daily pressure from the police, the Government, and even their families, to keep their faith to themselves. And they are living with the huge responsibility of reaching their unreached communities with the hope of Jesus.

Many of the church’s leaders here lack support and feel alone.

But we believe that these leaders should not need to do it on their own.

That’s why, thanks to your support, Innovista hosted a Leading for Life conference in one of these Central Asian Republics.

Equipped and Encouraged

One pastor who came told us of how he had been dragged into the police station along with his 9-year-old daughter. Officers interrogated them and accused them of meeting other Christians. The stress of living under constant surveillance and his concern for his family’s safety was evident on his pained face.

But thanks to you, 45 leaders like him experienced two days of training and support in a safe location, away from prying eyes, to equip and encourage them as they lead underground churches and youth ministries.

‘Your Investment Won’t Be Wasted’

Bahram*, who leads a church in a remote and unreached part of Central Asia, wrote to the Innovista supporters who gave him a conference scholarship, saying, ‘I am so thankful for this opportunity. I travelled 1200km [to come here]. We can’t have training like this in our place.’

Maxim*, a pastor, wrote, ‘I want to say that your investment won’t be wasted, and like the mustard seed it will give fruit.’

‘Please Pray for Us’

Omid*, a local church leader, wrote to say, ‘You are like older brothers, remembering us and ready to help us.

‘I am 35, but I am no old man. I want to help our young team to follow Jesus and you are helping us to do this in practice.

‘This conference helped me transform my heart and my mind, to do more for our Lord.

‘Please pray for us’, he pleaded. ‘Our purpose is that all of the contacts in our phones will begin following Jesus.’

Thanks to Innovista supporters like you, 45 Christian leaders in Central Asia know that they are not on their own. Thank you.

* names changed to protect identity.