Update: S. &. H. (Central Asia)

June 17, 2010

Snippets, as of June 16, 2010 . . .

The situation still remains tense here. Around 4pm, one of our neighbors was shot. . . . Because we are barricaded in, there are no doctors and so no one is sure how best to take care of him. Thankfully, doctors are slowly starting to come into Osh. Now the question will be how best to get the medical aid to those who need it the most. . . .

. . . Despite this, life has turned into some weird sort of normalcy. In our area, there is now a neutral zone with a check point
for one vehicle to go between our neighborhood and the center of the city. You apparently must show your passport in order to go thru the checkpoint. We’ve become our own little country. Within our neighborhood, though, people can move around during the day with relative freedom. In fact, for the first time in 5 days, I was able to walk a little bit around our neighborhood. . . .

I used the opportunity to meet with some other leaders in our area. They are complaining that very little aid is reaching our neighborhood. And what is coming in is fairly useless stuff like stale cookies and old food. So the leaders and I were trying to come up with a plan and they said that I would be the person who would get the humanitarian aid and bring it into our area. I asked that I need an escort to do this and they said that they could have 10 people go with me if needed. Heidi and I have been in contact with different aid organizations – one being the Red Cross and another local church based group. And hopefully tomorrow (Thursday), we will have some aid brought in through these organizations. Please pray for this to happen. . . .

I also hope to get out to the main part of the city with a [ ] pastor who is on our staff at the chicken farm and take a look at the damage in our city. Again, please pray for me to get out AND to be able to come back in to our neighborhood. Pray for the right contacts with people at the checkpoint.

During today’s quiet time, I was in Matthew 25. God spoke to me thru the parable of the talents and thru the parable of the sheep and goats. I had a strong sense that God wants to put us in charge of more things.  And then from the parables of the sheep and the goats, it’s clear that we are to help the least of these. I saw this as yet another confirmation that we are exactly where we are supposed to be, doing what we are supposed to be doing.

Tomorrow is a big day so we need some major prayer coverage. A friend of ours gave us Isaiah 54:13-17. We take hold of these verses and find strength and courage through them.

Thanks for standing with us.

For His Kingdom to Come,

S.

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