I was at a bazaar here in Moscow, buying meat and following up with previous contacts. I found a Central Asian man selling a type of bread I had not yet seen here. Because I really like this bread, I stopped and we began talking. For 30 minutes he told me how tough life was for him and how he wanted to go back to Tajikistan to see his three kids, even though the money he makes in Moscow is quite good ($150/week). I told him that God has given us all we need for life and godliness, but that we can get His help only through knowing Him (2 Pet 1:3). I told him that I had a small book with me—Selections from the Holy Book—that would be a good way for him to get to know God, if he read it every day!
“Can I see it?” he asked. He promised to read it every day, finish the book within two weeks, and call me to return the book. Before I walked away, he gave me permission to pray for him in that public setting, so I did.
An hour later when I was on the subway he called me and exclaimed, “Thanks for the book! This is powerful!”
Please pray for “Ralph” and the many Tajiks who are working in Moscow—that they would hunger to know God and find the power of salvation that is only available through Jesus.