Central Asia Mission Hub

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"Central Asia" refers to the five former Soviet republics with the name of "Stan" - Kazakhstan (population 16.6 million), Kyrgyzstan (population 5.5 million), Tajikistan (population 7.6 million), Turkmenistan (population 5.1 million) and Uzbekistan (population 29.5 million). And we also include Turkey across the Caspian Sea in the mission work of Central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan: it has a long history. There are written records in the third century BC. Its predecessor was established in the sixth century AD Kyrgyz Khanate. Its western part belonged to the Kokang Khanate during the first half of the nineteenth century. In 1876 it was incorporated into Russia. In 1917, Kyrgyzstan established the Soviet power, becoming an autonomous state in 1924, establishing the Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic in 1936 and joining the Soviet Union. On August 31, 1991, it declared independence and changed its name to the Kyrgyz Republic (or Kyrgyzstan). In the presidential election on July 10, 2005, Bakiyev succeeded in winning the presidency with an overwhelming 89.4% of the vote. The ensuing tulip revolution in 2005 and the bloody revolution in the "April 7 Incident" in 2010 shocked the world overnight and the political situation was extremely turbulent. Later in the presidential election in October 2011, the leader of the Social Democrats, Almazbek. Atambayev won the presidency so far.

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Turkey: The term "Turkey" evolved from the "Turks." In Tatar, "Turkic" means "brave", and "Turkey" means "brave men's country." Located at the western end of the Asian continent, it is a natural bridge connecting Eurasia. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the Turkish Republic on October 29, 1923, and the Turkish one-party period ended in 1945, after which it began to transition to multi-party democracy in the decades to come. Three military coups happened in 1960, 1971 and 1980, and the 1997 military memorandum interrupted the process as well. In 1984, the Kurdish separatist PKK started an insurgency against the Turkish government and has so far killed more than 40,000 people. The constitutional referendum passed by Turkey in 2010 passed a new constitution that limits the power of the army. In the presidential election on August 10, 2014, the current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was successfully elected as the new president of Turkey. On July 15, 2016, a military coup took place and the government cracked down quickly within eight hours. On January 21, 2017, the Turkish Parliament passed a constitutional amendment to implement the presidential system. The presidential system will be implemented from the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections. The post of prime minister will also be abolished.

 Preach the Gospel

 86.3% of the population of Kyrgyzstan are Muslims, and 96.5% of Turkey's nationals are Muslims. In Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is viewed as a relatively liberal nation, and in some ways Turkey can be regarded as the most democratic Muslim nation in the Middle East. Therefore, the Center sent missionaries to Kyrgyzstan in 2007 and to Turkey in 2016 to invest in long-term missions. We hope that the Gospel will be introduced to the two newly-stabilized nations to serve as a gateway into the Muslim world and a mission platform.

Educate Leaders

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 In Kyrgyzstan, the Center helped establish the International University of Central Asia in 2007, which is one of the schools under the Central Asia Sharing Aid, a Christian institution under the leadership of Elder Jiashan Yang. The center formally undertook the operation of this university in June 2017, hoping to cultivate its elite through this school to become leaders of the Christian country and further transform the society. In Turkey, at present, we have missionaries who assist the Chinese churches in teaching and shepherding for a long period of time in the hope of cultivating local Chinese Christians and making them spiritual leaders and then engaging in local intercultural evangelism.

Plant reproducible churches

 There are Chinese churches in Istanbul, Turkey. Our missionaries take part in preaching in the pulpit on Sundays, prayer meetings and leading discipleship small groups and hope to help the church to thrive and then invest in cross-cultural outreach to become a blessing to the local community. In Kyrgyzstan, they set up Bible study groups and fellowships outside the school as a strategy for the gospel (there are also legally established Bible clubs in the school). In the near future, a number of missionaries will be sent to station in the hope of gradually leading more the un-churched in the area to know Jesus, establish bases of the Gospel, and support the establishment of local churches to make disciples of all nations.

Engaged in local cross-cultural ministries

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 In addition to the Turkic culture in China, the Kyrgyz culture also accommodates and is influenced by the cultures of Mongolia, Persia and Russia, so this is a different ethnic group from Chinese culture. For education, we organize a number of short-term mission teams each year to go do the work of training and discipleship. The service of this field is mainly in Russian, a common language of different cultures in the local community (also available in popular English translation). Although we use the Chinese church as a platform in Turkey, but through the English communication, there will still be some local turks to come join the church gathering.

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Pastor Shi Zhou Hong, who was originally the director of the mobilization department of the Center, felt that he did not set an example for serving in the missionary agencies if he merely called for others to go out to do missionary work and did not act on their own. Therefore, when he saw that elder Jiashan Yang, who founded a Christian school in Kyrgyzstan, was still involved in the long-term mission work at the age of seventy, he was deeply moved. So in 2007, he, along with his wife Nian-tzu Wang and their three children I-Sheng, I-Lin and I-Shin, was sent by the center to Kyrgyzstan for four years as a cross-cultural missionary.

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In addition to participating in educational ministries for four years, he also set up a business as mission platform for local missionaries, offered business speeches to local businessmen, helped founding micro-enterprises and career counseling, and also evangelized local Chinese businessmen, students and guided them. Later, he assisted elder Jiashan Wang to found the Xingya International University, which began with only more than 50 vocational colleges (three departments), has developed into a more than 300-student international university (eight departments), and continued growth. Most of these students are young people from their own country and from neighboring Muslim countries, with more than a dozen different ethnic groups represented. At the same time, the University's tertiary education platform is also used to develop a college student fellowship, disciple training and continue to lead the people. The pastor’s wife Nian-tzu Wang, a physiotherapist, was also engaged in medical evangelism at the time, helping many people and leading them to know the Lord. Later, Rev. Shi-Zhou Hong returned to North America with his whole family to continue the cross-cultural mission in the center and was responsible for the entire mission of Central Asia's mission hub which he undertook this year.