Almaty Bible Institute Student
I was born in March 1993 in southern Kazakhstan. I grew up in a family where my mother was a Christian believer. However, my father rejected the faith for a long time and even persecuted my mother for her faith. But later on, he repented and gave his life to Jesus too. Growing up, I watched their lives and saw what it meant to be Christians. My father had a very difficult experience in this world.
My parents used to take me to church all the time and they taught me Christian knowledge. However, when I became a teenager I left the church and decided to live in the world. But when I turned 19, the Lord began actively working in my life. I tried to apply myself to study and prepare for life but was unsuccessful. I began to think very seriously about my condition and spiritual state. You could see that my way of life was so much like how my father had lived a long time ago, and I knew where I would end up if this continued. I also remembered how my mother lived and decided to go to a Christian camp.
This camp’s theme was “The Word of Living.” God worked in my heart as I heard the sermons, and at the last day of the camp an invitation was given to repent. I responded, and the changes in my life were very visible. Afterward, I attended a local Bible school and the Lord continued His work in my life and character. Next, I returned home and began to minister with a Kazakh-speaking group. I began to have a deep desire to study God’s Word, and the door opened for me to study at Almaty Bible Institute. I expect to graduate in 2019.
As I study, I am involved in developing a ministry to Turkic peoples, as well as street and tent evangelism, youth ministry, and camp ministry. I preach and participate in discipleship groups as well. Studying at Almaty is very helpful to me and helps me continue deep study into the Word of God.