Sometimes a testimony from a brother or sister halfway across the world grabs you by the heart and won’t let go. And you know you can’t do anything right then but drop to your knees and pray. That is the case with Amiel*, a young man in Central Asia.

“My name is Amiel*, I’m 22-years-old, I live with my parents somewhere in Central Asia.

“My parents are Muslim and try to be religious and pray five times per day. Their desire was that I became Muslim, to follow in their footsteps. But I was not like them.

“In 2016, a classmate of mine invited me to a church and I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. I didn’t know how I could tell my parents.

“One day I was chatting with my friends and my parents saw a Christian video that we were watching. So, I shared with them that I am a Christian. When my parents heard this, they were just in shock and began to scold me. They took my official documents so that I could be completely under their control.

“My uncle started to threaten to kill me. One day, when I was home, he was in the field mowing the grass. When he found out that I was home, he came and had a whip in his hand and began to hit me on the head. When he finished, he tried to pull me to the barn where, as he said, he wanted to hang me. My parents just stood by.

“My uncle said, ‘It would be better if you became a murderer than a Christian!’ I silently endured all this, knowing that if I started saying something, I would just be buried. The only courage I had was to share the gospel with my sister. She is 17 years old.

“Later, I decided to get up early in the morning and to leave my home. I’m trying to get a new passport and leave this country to serve God in another place.”

Will you take a moment to lift Amiel up in prayer today?

*Representative image and name used. 

Pray For Central Asia: 

  • Pray that God will be with Amiel as he seeks safety and new opportunities to share the gospel.
  • Pray over Amiel’s family, that they will discover the truth in Jesus’ message.
  • Praise God for Amiel’s faith. Pray that he will continue following Jesus, no matter the cost.

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