Here is an excerpt from p. Jon Post's email he sent me from his trip to Turkmenistan. It's really stirring. Please pray for the churches there and our future visit there in October.
"....Turkmenistan is a treasure - exceeding my expectations - though I wasn't sure what to expect. Leaders there are held in high esteem, especially the president, whose picture is displayed in every bus and every public building. Through natural gas wealth, they are rebuilding the capital in white imported white stone - and it's beautiful. Life is not as busy or complicated as in Westernized cities, though Internet cafes can now be found in the capital and smaller cities. And the believers are few, humble and precious!
Some of the things that we shared, especially with the men in Mary (city), were far from their (Islamic) Central Asian culture, like God's call to lay down our lives for our wives. There, the men are served meals in a separate room from where the women and children eat, so meals times are automatically a men's meeting. Yet they listened to the Word of God with such responsiveness. They don't get many мisitors, and while I was there Pr. Vladimir had daily church meetings. We had a great time in the Word and later at the baptism of several of the believers.
One family lives 100 km from Mary, but met us by the highway with a bucket of tomatoes from their garden as we traveled past. They witness to their neighbors and pray for a church to be started in their village.
Pr. Genya says they know about 300 believers in the city and villages around Mary. He would like to move there, but needs a job, which is hard to get if you don't have a large sum to pay the person who hires employees. Please pray for that - a job. Also pray for a young woman in the church, who is being beaten and threatened by her Muslim father and told to deny Christ. Mary is 4 to 6 hours from the capital of Ashgabad by car, and he and Pr. Vladislav travel there weekly (and in July it was over 130 F. with no AC in the car! I suspect that they may have taken a taxi then.).
David is currently in Siberia, having just finished helping with a youth camp there and will next go to Moscow for a week before flying home for more Bible college. Our church in Almaty, Kazakhstan is also preparing for Bible college soon, as is our church in Bishkek too. We are praying for the Lord to really bless and anoint those times, that lives would be transformed and lives prepared for God's calling...
With much joy,
Jon (and all the Post family)"