When the Soviet Union fell to pieces, it left not only Russia but also all of its former nations in spiritual darkness. As more individuals caught the vision of what God was doing through East-West, they supported the ministry and its expansion into new regions—like the former Soviet nations of Central Asia.
Consumed by the hopelessness of atheism in the early nineties, Central Asians desperately needed the love of Christ … and they needed a leader to advocate for the gospel within the region.
During an East-West evangelism training in Russia in 1994, God brought the right leader, Alek*. Alek traveled from Central Asia to attend this training, where he learned evangelism and church planting methods that he could use to ignite the spread of the gospel in his own dark nation.
Through his training and continued support from East-West, Alek has been enabled to train like-minded leaders to be pioneers—spreading the gospel message in their spiritually dark nations.
Even though his nation’s religious identity has now shifted from atheism to Islam, Alek still perseveres to share the gospel with his own people.
“It is challenging work because 99% of the people identify themselves as Muslims,” Alek said. “It is also exciting work because we know that a system of rules or rituals cannot change a person’s heart, but God’s love and grace can change their eternity.”
Today Alek has seen the gospel penetrate not only his nation but four neighboring nations as well. By being intentional each day to evangelize the lost, train new leaders, and plant churches that multiply, he and his fellow ministry partners are seeing gospel movements spreading across the former Soviet nations.