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Praying for south Kyrgyzstan

June 10, 2017

The team is in a very religious area of Kyrgyzstan, where there has previously been racial strife.  Ask God to open hearts amongst both Kyrgyz and Uzbeks there.  Pray protection for the team as well.  Thanks!

Almost rained out

April 25, 2016

The team in Albania spent Thursday to Saturday rehearsing music, dance, and "The Gardener" drama. They had a lot of things to organise before they could start performances and they've been grateful for David, the tour leader, who has provided them all of the time and resources they've needed to get their performance ready. They have also really been enjoying the devotions they have been doing each day, focusing on Colossians. It has been very relevant for the work they are doing in Albania.

Yesterday (Sunday), they had their first performance in a village called Cërrik, which happens to be the most radical Islamic area in Albania. A local church planting team from a network of churches worked with them. This main partner of Taco's has a vision to have a church in each of the 98 villages in Albania. Taco has already helped plant 17 of these churches.

There had been some rain as the team was travelling, but thankfully it ceded once they reached the venue. However, as soon as they had finished setting everything up, the rain returned in full force. There was already a large crowd who were waiting undercover for them to start. After a lot of prayer and talking with the organiser, they decided that rain or shine the show would go on. They had a crowd of 300+ people wearing hoods and huddling under umbrellas. It was amazing that despite the and and off rain during the show it went really well and almost all of the crowd stayed for the entire show.

Please be praying for the people in Cërrik that they would seek God through what they saw and heard in the show, and that these Islamic radicals would become radical about Jesus.

If you can please continue to uphold our team and the local Albanian believers in prayer that God would give them good health, boldness and opportunities to share the good news with those who haven't yet heard it.

TACO Kyrgyzstan - Prayer update #6

May 30, 2015

Well Hello There!

Thursday we drove to Kara-Balta for an evening show organized by a local church. We performed on a permanent stage in a park in front of a government building. We were told not to share openly from the stage and to be careful because halfway through the KGB was asking questions about us. A few hundred people came and enjoyed the show.

Afterward we learned that the church people were mingling in the crowd during the show, sharing Jesus and inviting people to church. One church member said he talked to 15 people. We talked to and prayed with 2 teen believers who said it's not easy to be a Christian in a Muslim country. Another young man from the church said he sees how much God loves them because we came to them all the way from American and other countries. He said a fire was lit in them through our performance and he realizes that if we can come from so far away to share God's love, they can use what they have to share with their own people. A Christian family came who have 28 kids: 4 of their own, 24 adopted. They only brought 8 kids to the show but we were excited to meet such a special family. The parents are involved in leadership ministry at the church and beamed with God's love.

Unfortunately Chris was not well again on Friday and stayed home to rest. Our show that evening was on dirt in a Bishkek park and before long we had a layer of dust on everything. We were told this was a closed event which we've learned means here that we can share the whole Gospel as long as it's from a personal perspective. Dustin did just that and people listened intently. This event helped the local church connect with their community. They handed out ice cream to all the kids afterwards.

We had dinner at a huge and fancy restaurant with traditional Kyrgyz food. Dave had a meeting with local pastors in the VIP dining room about TACO's future Kyrgyzstan partnerships, while us common folk enjoyed our meal in the courtyard by a fountain. One of the pastors blessed us by paying for our entire team's dinner.

Please pray for energy for our last few days in Kyrgyzstan and that God will use us powerfully to share Him. Thanks team!

Kudaiym batasyn bersin sizge (Kyrgyz for "My God will bless you"),

TACO Kyrgyzstan Team

TACO Kyrgyzstan - Prayer update #5

May 29, 2015

Howdy!

Tuesday morning we had a show at an elderly home for 300 people near Bishkek. We performed in their large dining room which had a nice stage. The smell of fresh baked bread greeted us when we first walked in the door. Some families with kids came to watch the show, as well. Thankfully Chris was well enough to perform and his operatic voice was a hit. Erin debuted a classical clarinet solo which was also well received. Dustin shared the Gospel, gave an invitation and several indicated they had prayed with him to receive Jesus for the first time! We met a Christian resident who had been persecuted for her faith in China years ago. She challenged us to be strong in our faith and resist temptation. We received 2 of those wonderful smelling loaves of warm bread as a thank you gift before we left.

Tuesday evening we had a show at Jesus Christ Church in Bishkek, the church who organized our big event in the park the night before. We arrived and had to wait over an hour to begin setting anything up because our performance area was in the parking lot just outside the church and lots of cars were still parked there. The pastor who hosted our park event was busy so our event was passed down the chain of command several notches with seemingly token efforts. We were surprised to learn there was a service scheduled in the church at the same time as our show just outside and they were concerned our outreach would hinder people from attending the service. The church was off the beaten track and we wondered if anyone besides church people would even come. We proceeded in faith and again to our surprise, over a hundred people turned up from somewhere. We know that some did come as a result of our park outreach the night before. Though the event felt semi-awkward overall, we know God used it and a number of people indicated decisions to surrender their lives to Jesus!

We were almost giddy as we all settled in together at our nice Bishkek apartment which our translator found for us. We had checked the place earlier in the day and all seemed great, except for an unattached toilet seat, which Dave said could come in handy and started carrying it around the house. But they fixed it before we returned. One thing we didn't notice in our excitement until just before bed was that there are no doors on either of the bedrooms. The living room (which we are using as a bedroom also), kitchen and bathroom have doors, so that's a plus. We've only paid half the rent for our stay so we have some leverage to motivate them to give us some doors. We were told that they will glue doors in tomorrow but the smell will be strong. We suggested scentless screws.

Wednesday we had our best and worst venues, but both were great events. Early afternoon we performed in a church with a great sound system, stage and even special lighting. The show was for university students who are strong Muslims. Even though it was in a church, we couldn't share openly because only the pastor is allowed to talk about Jesus. Dustin shared his story about how God has changed his life and the pastor shared more in-depth at the end. The students seemed to really like the show and took many photos with all of us afterward.

In the evening, we were at a different church where the only place to perform was in a grassy field. Not ideal for unicycling, but Dustin did what he could on the rough surface. We were told the show started at 7p and when we arrived at 6p, many kids were already sitting on benches in the field and had been waiting since 3p. Since it was mostly kids and Dustin couldn't do as much, Natasha, our tour organizer's wife who has been singing Russian songs in the show, did some games with the kids throughout the show and had them jumping around during her songs to keep things lively. Chris, by popular demand, sang the usual "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" in Turkish, but this time in a cartoon voice. After he sang "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables, a lady came up and gave him a big bunch of roses. By the end of the night we all were gifted a few roses and now have a beautiful bouquet sitting on our kitchen table. The kids were a great audience and made it a fun show. We could be totally open with the Gospel and many said they accepted Jesus for the first time tonight! Afterward we signed many t-shirts and papers and even our Muslim driver was signing autographs.

Thanks for your prayers! God is at work! Thanks for praying for growth for those who have chosen Jesus. We have 3 more shows in the next 3 days so we'd love prayer for endurance and effectiveness for those, too!

Kudaiym batasyn bersin sizge (Kyrgyz for "My God will bless you"),


TACO Kyrgyzstan Team

TACO Kyrgyzstan - Prayer Update #4

May 28, 2015


Greetings!

We've had some intense days with several hours of meetings with our Kyrgyz organizer, as we try to understand how some of the finances have been allocated. It has exposed some issues that have needed to be addressed for quite some time. It's been tough but will be good in the long run and will hopefully allow partnership with the Kyrgyz team here to continue with more accountability.

Chris was down for the count yesterday, Monday, after throwing up all night. He is joining us today, but is still recovering. Please pray for complete healing for him!

Our show in Bishkek Monday evening organized by one of the largest church in Central Asia (Jesus Christ Church) was our largest yet with an estimated audience of 500. We set up in the intersection of paths in a large park. Many from the church were there to help us and they even had a generator ready for us. Since our venue was deep into the park, our van drove along the large sidewalk to unload our equipment. It didn't stay long, but as it tried to leave, the police stopped it to question our driver and organizers for half an hour, upset that he drove in. We thought the equipment would have to be carried out of the park at the end, but after the police watched our show, they liked it so much that they welcomed the van right back into the park for us to reload.

Since Chris wasn't with us, Erin took the lead both singing and playing clarinet for God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman with Hannah accompanying on guitar. They did great and inspired a little girl standing behind them to do an interpretive dance throughout the song. Dustin wasn't able to share much about God in this venue. He told people if they wanted to find out what filled the emptiness in his heart since his gold medal didn't, talk to us afterwards or come to the show Tuesday night at the church.

We have lost access to the church in Tokmok which was our only team gathering place. Because of that, mixed with the dangerous accommodations for Dave and Chris, we are relocating today to Bishkek to stay in one nice, rented apartment all together. We have an 11am show at an elderly home, then an evening show at Jesus Christ Church.

Thanks for your prayers for God to use us to share His love with the people of Kyrgyzstan. Please also pray that many from last night's event will come to the church outreach tonight and hear the full message of God's love. Thanks!

Kudaiym batasyn bersin sizge (Kyrgyz for "My God will bless you"),


TACO Kyrgyzstan Team

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