by Katey Hearth
Mission Network News
“...When he found a Bible in my room and asked if I was a Christian, I had to choose between my family and Christ.”
Botir attended Mission Eurasia’s School Without Walls (SWW) program in Uzbekistan. SWW teaches young Christian leaders how to effectively reach others in their community for Christ and then equips them with the tools they need.
“In that moment, the lessons that I learned about fiery trials at SWW strengthened me,” Botir shares.
“My father cursed me, and he beat me severely because I had renounced Islam.”
Uzbekistan is ranked as #15 on the Open Doors World Watch List–a ranking of nations where Christ-followers face the most persecution.
Persecution is classified as “severe” in Uzbekistan, with Islamic extremism being one of the main sources of oppression. According to Open Doors, believers are under constant scrutiny, and MBBs regularly face problems from their family, friends, and community...