Central Asia Mission Hub News – October

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Today, we would like to share a few highlights from our Central Asia Ministry:

  1. Our Tokmak Gym Ministry launched the first summer camp organized by the local co-workers and a unique pajama party activity to welcome children back to school.
  2. The Playground Ministry organized a summer camp in Tokmak that drew in local community who had not yet learned about Jesus
  3. Several Christian schools affiliated with Mercy Foundation (MCCF) in Kyrgyzatan officially started school on September 1
  4. MERCY Foundation organized a multi-media training seminar for co-workers in Tokmak to enhance their news reporting skills

The much-anticipated First Gym summer camp in Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan, finally launched on August 7th to 9th. Please see the report:

Our co-workers successfully held a summer camp full of fun activities and meaningful classes for 39 students even though many volunteers were out for summer vacation. The themes of the camp include proper guidance on social media, friendship, and relationship with parents.

During the camp, we also invited children to attend our weekly gatherings, where they get to learn about Christian faith and values in life. Both children and parents were very satisfied with the summer camp activities. It was a monumental success for our local coworkers.

On September 2nd, the coworkers at the Tokmak’s Gym also organized a unique pajama party for the children, welcoming them for the start of the new school year. Please see the report:

This event was a celebration to mark the end of the summer vacation. The children were invited to the gym. The co-workers decorated the room with blankets and prepared a variety of snacks. Their efforts attracted around 30 children, with many of them being first-time participants. The pajama party featured fun games, dances, and giveaways, which brought great joy to the children.

The goal of this event was to inspire those students on the importance of being a good student, healthy friendships and respect for teachers. The teachings of Jesus were also shared through fun activities. The event concluded with a prayer session.

The Playground Ministry was also successfully held in Tokmak from July 17 to 21. There were approximately 20 students from the local community participating daily. This marked as a significant progress for our ministry’s work. Please watch the report:

The head of the summer camp, Vinara, shared: “The purpose of this camp is to connect our hearts with the children and spread the teachings of God. We also hope to make awareness to the locals that our ministry offers free programs and clubs like this.”

The Mercy foundation built the children’s playground and Jesus House in Tokmak in 2004 to attract children from the local community. We not only provide a space for a variety of children activities but also offer Bible classes and free guitar, art, fencing, and table tennis classes. This has been greatly appreciated by the parents and children there and more have learned about Jesus. Another notable progress the foundation achieved was that there are more parents participate as volunteers. On the last day of the camp, a grandmother cooked for us and an art teacher brought 30 children to our site, allowing them to learn our ministry. We hope the children genuinely enjoyed the Playground summer camp and will continue to attend in the future. We thank God for bringing those children, especially some Muslim children who have not yet opened their hearts to Jesus. Let us continue to pray for the playground ministry in Tokmak.

It’s back-to-school season again. Our Christian elementary and middle schools in Kyrgyzstan have launched a new academic year despite the challenges posed by increased teacher salaries. Please see the report:

Several schools affiliated with the Mercy Foundation (MCCF) in Kyrgyzstan, officially started on September 1. Seeing that every school has successfully kicked off, the Vice President of the Mercy Foundation, Elena, expressed her thoughts:

“We’re grateful to be able to maintain a complete student body in all schools, thanks to the financial support of our partners worldwide. Thanks to the support from GLEC. With the tuition support for families who are having financial difficulties, more students are willing to come to our Christian schools instead of attending free public schools.”

This year, due to a significant increase in public school salaries by the Kyrgystan government, it has presented a challenge to our foundation. GLEC headquarter is actively addressing this challenge, striving to enhance teacher’s salaries as much as possible to ensure the stability of the staff. At the meantime, the Mercy Foundation is planning various teacher training programs, especially focusing on spiritual instruction. Vice President Elena said, “Mercy foundation’s goal is to permeate spiritual influence in every area of the school. To achieve this, we will organize specific seminars for teachers, school administrative staff, and pastoral teams and joint workshops for the integrated team. We also plan to visit all schools regularly and organize meetings with pastoral teams to convey the vision to every team member.”

We hope that our children can thrive and grow in a positive and spiritually enriching environment, allowing their Christian faith to take root, sprout, and bear fruit in their young hearts. With the innovation of internet and social media, multi-media has become a strategic platform to spread God’s word. The MERCY Foundation recently organized a multimedia seminar in Tokmak, Kyrgyzatan. Please watch the report:

As you have heard from the previous reports, through God’s grace and your continuous support, our Central Asia school ministry, gym ministry, and playground ministry have made significant progress. We would like to promptly share the news with you via the Hub News platform. Thus, a multi-media Training was held on June 27th in Tokmok. A total of 10 co-workers participated.

The seminar was kicked off with the presentation by Elena, the President of Mercy foundation. Elena shared the Mercy foundation’s vision and the importance of the role of multi-media reporting for our ministry.

Next, Ouyang Hong, GLEC’s Multimedia department head, shared techniques for news writing. Followed by Jenya, the Central Asia Media Department Director. Jenya delivered a presentation on photography and video production techniques as well as common obstacles seen on set. Our co-workers were trained in news writing, filming, and video editing. They expressed a strong interest in future training opportunities to continue sharpening their skills. May God grant our co-workers and multimedia team with professional skills and spiritual wisdom. We look forward to many high quality and professional multimedia products to further expand God’s kingdom.

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