Saturday, May 31, 2008

David's Perspective

My main job here in Kyrgyzstan is to fulfill the role defined as “Spiritual Director of Mercy Foundation.” This foundation has six Christian schools with 1200 students, two orphanages, an experimental farm, a mountain summer camp and various other ministries, such as the soon to open Professional Institute, which promises to be one of a kind in this country. Over three hundred and fifty employees of many nationalities work for the Foundation and with whom I am working.

It is an amazing work of God in Central Asia and equally amazing is the spiritual and moral impact it is having on this devastated land. I am currently involved in a five week training series with the Foundation staff. My present series of lessons has to do with:

1. What is the Product we are hoping to produce – people. People who are born again believers in Christ, emotionally and intellectually healthy and have discovered their mission in life
2. What is the Conflict? We need to realize that there is an enemy who does not want us to do what we do. We need to know who he is and how to overcome him.
3. What is the Process? This has to do with how we produce a person of God so that he can fulfill his mission.

This type of teaching seems rather unusual to them, so it will be interesting to see their response.

This is my main job and I see it as important and needful. However, my favorite job is working at three orphanages and getting to know the beautiful children who live there. We spend as much time with them as we can and participate in a once in a lifetime trips and activities with them. For instance, we spent most of May 29th in the mountains and at a waterfall with about 25 amazing kids from the nearby orphanage. Their life stories border on the unbelievable. They are heartbreaking to say the least. They all behaved well. We had a great time and they love to be loved. We will be with those same children on May 31.

(David and Alymbek at the mountain waterfall)

In addition to what I mentioned above, I continue to preach, have healing moments with people and counsel the staff. I am also going to be meeting with a co-ed group of teens who want to learn about leadership and “anything else you can teach us.” Kyrgyzstan’s future rests in the hands of such young people who simply are not going to stand for the corrupt status quo here. I say to them, “go for it!”

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