Help share the hope of the Gospel and see more Uzbeks respond to Jesus.
Uzbekistan is yet another Central Asian country located along the historic Silk Road connecting China with the Middle East and Rome. The Trans-Caspian Railway—built in the 19th century—linked the Caspian Sea with Uzbekistan during the Russian Empire’s expansion. Russia conquered the territory of present-day Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after the Bolshevik Revolution was eventually suppressed and a Soviet socialist republic established in 1924.
Independent since 1991 upon the dissolution of the USSR, the country is striving to reduce its dependence on the cotton monoculture by diversifying agricultural production while developing its mineral and petroleum export capacity and increasing its manufacturing base. Poverty remains a problem for many but has been declining.
Ministry is difficult for evangelical churches in Uzbekistan. The government maintains tight control over all religious groups, sparked in part by its fear of radical Islamic uprisings. SGA supports the ministries of Uzbek churches as God opens the opportunities, including through missionary pastor sponsorship, children’s ministries such as Immanuel’s Child, summer camps, humanitarian aid, Compassion Ministry, and other helps.
Praise God! Almaty Bible Institute, one of four evangelical seminaries sponsored by SGA, was recently recognized by the government in its country in Central Asia. We are grateful for all that God has done and continues to do to prepare more and more faithful servants at ABI to advance the Gospel!