Muslims welcomed us with open arms and readily accepted us into their homes and into their daily lives. We went to work with them in education and business as Christians letting them know our reason for coming was because of Jesus' command to love our neighbor as ourselves. We were respected as believers in God, unlike communist, atheist "Kafirs" (unbelievers). We also went in speaking their language, not Russian, which I believe helped us earn their trust.
I agree with Mr. Fairbairn that we need to be careful not to offer Central Asian Muslims Western Christianity. A church of Central Asian Muslim converts will be much different from a Western or Orthodox church. Central Asians are the most educated of all Muslims as he rightly pointed out. The Bible, or sometimes portions of it, has been translated into Central Asian languages. Now they need to see the gospel worked out in the daily lives of committed Christians.
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