In the photo, you can see thousands upon thousands of Muslims gathering for worship. There are four mosques in Moscow and the city has become the largest Muslim center in Europe.
The majority of these people come to Moscow as migrants, hoping to find work to support their families back home. Living in Moscow is expensive and migrants take low-paying jobs and cram into small apartments, making it necessary to sleep in shifts. They are looked down on, persecuted, robbed, and beaten. The deeper you look into their situations, the worse it gets. Women are forced into prostitution and laborers work in poorly maintained factories where they end up dying in burning buildings. Agape has provided compassionate medical care to the migrant Kyrgyz people group in and around Moscow for many years.
In December 2019, our Agape staff and friends of Agape had a wonderful meeting with migrant Kyrgyz Christians, as well as some nonbelievers. Can you imagine what it felt like for them to be surrounded by loving arms and welcoming smiles instead of the hostile, unsafe environment in which they live?
A Kyrgyz medical doctor who works at our clinic has been strategically involved in providing medical and spiritual care to these migrants. Agape invested in Dr. Z.'s development as a Family Practice doctor for more than 3 years. Thank you to those who gave so we could send her to get more medical training. Now she is fully equipped to “make disciples” through her profession as a family practice doctor (Matthew 28:19-20).
In an interview, Dr. Z. said, “In my culture, it is a special tradition to sit around a table to drink tea together. When unbelievers come, they are not against talking about God and praying. Lot of them start to believe in God.
“I stand on the position that faith and prayer contribute to recovery. In my practice, I experience the power of prayer many times and always see positive results in the patient.” Hearts are softened when they experience God’s love and many turn to Christ.