In October, my family was deported from a region in the Caucasus that we had been ministering in. After eight years of being in the trenches with over fifty unreached Muslim people groups, the Lord had called us onward. After so many years we had sown both deep and wide to thousands … only to see about 20 new disciples for Christ.
When leaving under such circumstances, we were unsure if the work of the home church would grow or start on a downward spiral to irrelevancy. People in our line of work have a healthy fear of such things because of the extreme cultural pressure that is common in Islam. Shallow roots do not last in the heat of societal pressures.
We have continued relationships with the leaders of our home church and those who are passionate in following Christ and taking Him to all peoples—from the neighbors to the world. And God is still moving in tremendous ways in this mountainous region we called home for eight years.
The ministry continues to thrive. A new generation of followers of Jesus is multiplying. Recently, one of our leaders baptized 12 new believers!
Though we may be banished, our Savior will never be bound! And as we move on to the next place that God has called us, we will continue to share the hope and grace found only our matchless Savior.