With sadness we received news from Tajikistan that a fire had destroyed a Hope Centre which serves as a shelter for women and children. All facilities were destroyed and became uninhabitable. By a miracle, none of the inhabitants suffered injury except one lady who was brought to hospital because of smoke inhalation.
It is wintertime in Tajikistan. There is no heating. The whole country and nation are freezing through the winter. Most of the people try to warm themselves by using electric heaters which is a challenge for the fragile electric power supply of Tajikistan, and a real danger. In the Hope Centre they turned on an electric heater to produce some warmth. The defective heater caught fire and within a few minutes two floors were on fire.
We are thankful to the Lord that 12 women and 14 children escaped from the building and waited on the cold street for the firemen to arrive.
This building is essential for the women living here, because the Hope Centre is their only place of refuge and hope. This ministry was born from the compassion ministry of the believers. They saw the need of homeless women in their country and started helping them. Some of the women they served accepted the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Tajikistan, a country under Islam, no-one would ever help these women. However, over the past years, more than 40 women and 40 children found help, shelter and hope in the Centre, and many of them accepted Christ.
In 2018 Oksana arrived at the Hope Centre, where she and her six children found refuge from her violent husband. Oksana spent over two years at the Centre, and she was full of gratitude when she told us; ‘Finally, my kids don‘t need to suffer hunger and starvation any more’. In 2018, Oksana accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour.
Sveta with her five kids came to the Hope Centre a few years ago – totally helpless, destitute. At the Centre, she heard about Jesus Christ and accepted Him as her Lord and Saviour. She returned to her hometown where God restored her broken family. Today, Sveta serves at the local church and shares the Gospel with the people in her town.
Due to the generosity of you, our supporters, we were able to send financial assistance so that the building could be repaired. Within days of the fire teams of believers were restoring the building that had been left as a shell.
The horror of that night when the fire ripped through the building is still vivid in their minds. Yet, the women and inhabitants of the Hope Centre came together with their children, to offer their help as the Centre was being rebuilt.
Praise God that the entire amount needed for the reconstruction was raised!
Your help made it possible to restore the Hope Centre for these women and children, their shelter and their home.
Pray for all who serve in the Hope Centre, bringing love and hope to those who are vulnerable.
Pray that all the ladies’ and children’s hearts will be softened to the Gospel message that they will turn to Jesus Christ in saving faith.
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