Books were received by the participants of the Bible study women group in one of the Church in Central Asia
This is the story of Munira*, teenager girl from Kazakhstan who was convicted and imprisoned for murder. Munira’s life was changed after she received Christian literature distributed by Open Doors.
Life without parents can be like walking in darkness. It can be extremely difficult to walk in the right direction without the guidance of loving parents. In his novel Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens writes about an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. Despite the fact that this novel is full of tears and desperation, it has a happy ending. This is not always the case with similar real-life stories.
Meet Asel* (39), a Christian from Kazakhstan who has dedicated her life to helping those left without parents. She is supported by Open Doors. “For eight years, I have worked with orphans in prison,” she says. “Over those years, I heard hundreds of desperately sad stories. Often, the lives of orphans are confusing and discouraging. After years spent in orphanages, these children usually enter a life of crime. Many end up in prison. After prison, they often return to the criminal life. This is a vicious cycle.”
Recently, Ansel’s ministry began to show encouraging results. She received outstanding reviews of her activities from the Director of the Youth Crime Department of the Republic of Kazakhstan. “The lives of teenagers are changing as a result of their communication with you and your sacrificial ministry to them,” the Director said to Asel.
“We are so grateful that Open Doors provides us with such amazing tools,” shared Asel enthusiastically. “Munira, a teenage girl who was imprisoned for murder, asked me to provide her with a couple Christian books. I gave her Time to Love, Time to Forgive by Pastor Aleksander Lauga from Russia. I also gave her Life Story Written by God and Love Story Written by God by Eric and Leslie Ludy. She took all three! I did not expect her to read them but she did. ”
“After three weeks Munira came to me in tears. She gave me a hug and whispered, ‘I used to live in hatred. I was angry at my parents who abandoned me when I was a baby. I was angry at the workers in the orphanage, angry at my classmates, and angry at the world. I was angry at God. After reading the books you gave me about God’s love for sinners and after witnessing your love for me, I began to realize why you are so nice. You have a loving God. I do not want to be the evil person I once was. I want to be a loving and forgiving person, just as Christ taught us to be.’”
Asel finishes her testimony in tears. It is not very often that a story like this can be found in prison. Munira prayed to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. And Asel was spending time with Munira, taking her through the foundational truths of Christianity.
*Names changed for security reasons
Open Doors is an organization that assists and supports the persecuted church throughout the world. One of the ways Open Doors supports the church in Central Asia is by providing local believers with Bibles and Christian literature. The story of Munira is one of thousands that show how God works through the ministry of Open Doors. Kazakhstan Ranks No.28 in the World Watch List.
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