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June 17, 2010

Kyrgyzstan: Ethnic Violence, needs your prayers

This post is from a couple who have served God in Kyrgystan for the last 10 years or so and are missionaries to that region.  Right now there is serious ethnice cleansing and violence going on in Osh(the capitol) and the U.S. Government isn’t really doing much along with Russians.  Please pray for peace and for those who are there still helping and serving, (I have posted about them in the past as well). The email below is powerful!!














Dear Prayer Partners,

S Perspective: The situation still remains tense here. Around 4pm,

one of our neighbors was shot. I’m still trying to get the story

straight, but it seems that he was going to get his family from a part

of the city that was heavily damaged. For some reason, a Kyrgyz soldier

shot at the car from behind as it passed thru a checkpoint. I saw the

bullet holes in the back. Because we are barricaded in, there are no

doctors and so no one is sure how best to take care of him. Thankfully,

doctors are slowly starting to come into Osh. Now the question will be

how best to get the medical aid to those who need it the most.

As crowds gathered around the car and chaos ensued for about an hour, I

wondered how in the world could these two people groups ever live

together again. Despite this, life has turned into some weird sort of

normalcy. In our area, there is now a neutral zone with a check point

for one vehicle to go between our neighborhood and the center of the

city. You apparently must show your passport in order to go thru the

checkpoint. We’ve become our own little country. Within our

neighborhood, though, people can move around during the day with

relative freedom. In fact, for the first time in 5 days, I was able to

walk a little bit around our neighborhood.

I used the opportunity to meet with some other leaders in our area. They

are complaining that very little aid is reaching our neighborhood. And

what is coming in is fairly useless stuff like stale cookies and old

food. So the leaders and I were trying to come up with a plan and they

said that I would be the person who would get the humanitarian aid and

bring it into our area. I asked that I need an escort to do this and

they said that they could have 10 people go with me if needed. Heidi and

I have been in contact with different aid organizations – one being the

Red Cross and another local church based group. And hopefully tomorrow

(Thursday), we will have some aid brought in through these

organizations. Please pray for this to happen.

Our friends who are Bishkek have been doing a wonderful job of communicating

with various aid agencies to help them understand what is happening on

the ground. And I’ve been communicating information with our friends to

relay to the agencies. Praise God that this has been working out very well.

I also hope to get out to the main part of the city with a Kyrgyz pastor

who is on our staff at the chicken farm and take a look at the damage in

our city. Again, please pray for me to get out AND to be able to come

back in to our neighborhood. Pray for the right contacts with people at

the checkpoint.

During today’s quiet time, I was in Matthew 25. God spoke to me thru the

parable of the talents and thru the parable of the sheep and goats. I

had a strong sense that God wants to put us in charge of more things.

And then from the parables of the sheep and the goats, it’s clear that

we are to help the least of these. I saw this as yet another

confirmation that we are exactly where we are supposed to be, doing what

we are supposed to be doing.

As for our poultry business, it is running and operational. As soon as

the violence broke out, our Kyrgyz staff rushed to the farm and told any

suspicious looking people to go away. Some even asked if we had Uzbek

employees and they told them, “NO, now go away!” We actually do have a

Uzbek employees, and the Kyrgyz employees were protecting them in our

living quarters. I am so thankful for our staff. We are now making feed

again and moving chicks to our second house. Many people are depending

on us for feed. As long as OA continues to make feed, some eggs will be

available in Osh – which will be vitally important in the days ahead as

food is now so scarce. We are starting to run out of feed concentrate

and have to make an order very soon. Please pray for the transport to

take place soon and for us to get this order in time to keep making

high-quality feed.

Tomorrow is a big day so we need some major prayer coverage. A friend of

ours gave us Isaiah 54:13-17. We take hold of these verses and find

strength and courage through them.

Thanks for standing with us.

For His Kingdom to Come,


April 9, 2010


Here’s a note from a C C for C Missionaries and others in that country, please pray for them:

As I write this evening, it has been a calm day in Osh.  G closed his office late morning as a precaution since they were gathering in Osh at the square (where the Whitehouse is located).  However, it was a peaceful takeover and the opposition urged folks not to take the same actions that were taken in Bishkek (looting, etc.).  So far, so good!!  I think tomorrow will be business as usual.

The following is what our Field Director wrote from Bishkek:  I added some comments in brackets.

“Bishkek is calm, the opposition has won here. Apparently they took over the national TV studio around 6 pm (that was why there was fighting at Kievskaya/Molodaya Gvardia). The government buildings fell much later.

What is not clear is the whereabouts of Bakiev, or whether there is anyone left in the country prepared to defend him (his own home area, for example).

Reports on akipress, however, suggest that the opposition has now assumed control–without opposition–in all the southern oblast capitals. A report on the Russian site of Radio Liberty (, however, said that as of 8:47 this morning, tens of thousands of armed supporters of Bakiev were on their way to Bishkek. That seems hard to believe, and I have not seen it confirmed elsewhere.

Our local office manager was at the central square in Bishkek around 9:30 this morning and reported there was still a crowd there. All is calm, he even suggested I should go and see. He had been inside the presidential office building, which the police stopped defending around 10:30 last night, and which he said had been completely ruined. People were still in there taking things, he said. I declined to visit the square–it is still wise to avoid crowds–though I did go out and look at the area between here and Beta Stores. Lots of people out, mostly heading to the square to see what happened and take some pictures.

At 9:35, the death count published on Akipress (for both Talas and Bishkek) was 68, with hundreds wounded. At the central square, an ambulance showed up while our office manager was there. They were looking for blood donors, saying the hospital had run out of blood . . .

The following information came from Kent at 10:30, who had been in touch with people in various places: I have modified it slightly, as it seems to me it will take a real act of God to prevent more looting tonight (I have not tried to update it, however). Do pray for peace and order! I find it a real answer to prayer that the battle for the north has happened so quickly, in only two days. Even one person is too many dead, but it could have been worse.

The north seems firmly in the hands of the opposition (Bishkek, Talas, Karakol, Naryn). In the South, Batken, Osh and Jalalabad are very quiet. [Osh and Jalalabad both are also in the hands of the opposition.] All Associates are safe and seem to be in no danger from the political troubles.

Most people say that the former president Bakiev has gone to the south, but no-one really knows. The opposition have appointed Rosa Otunbaeva (former Ambassador to USA, and also at one point to UK, I believe, also a former Foreign Minister) as acting leader/president. They have also appointed people as interim ministers for several government departments. One important appointment was for someone to run the Ministry of Interior, which controls the police. This means that normal law and order on the streets may come back to normal sooner than in 2005. In general, during the day it should be OK to move around, but it will be safest to just stay at home. There may be more problems tonight. Therefore you should stay at home Thursday night. (This is for ALL Associates in all areas of Kyrgyzstan)

There were violent clashes between the opposition and police/army yesterday. Reports are at least 40 dead. The opposition took control of the White House about 1.00am this morning. As of 9.30am there were still people looting in the White House. There was some looting last night, but not as bad as 2005. Some houses belonging to Bakiev family and government people were burnt. There was some shooting until about 2.30pm. Shooting was not just in the centre but in other areas as well. Bishkek seems quiet now.

The opposition has control. The governor has resigned and left. There were some demonstrations but not a lot of violence.

Quiet now, but a lot of shooting and trouble Tuesday/Wednesday. The police barracks were burnt and many weapons stolen.

Relatively quiet. Opposition seems firmly in control.

Osh has been fairly quiet. There was a student meeting planned Wednesday afternoon but heavy rain seems to have stopped it. This morning there are about 2000 people in front of the Osh White House (state government building), against Bakiev. We will let you know when we know. [As I said above, Osh has been taken over and is quiet.]

All quiet there. This is Bakiev’s home territory. [Supposedly the governor there just gave over the government building to the opposition to avoid any bloodshed.]

There was no action, no meetings at all in Batken yesterday. Everyone seems to be waiting and watching. One interesting fact is that late yesterday 2 planes arrived there. This could have been Bakiev, but it could also have been police reinforcements in case there was trouble in Batken.

The biggest concern now is that this turns into a struggle between north and south – the north being the Opposition and the south remaining loyal to Bakiev. Osh may be the key to this. At least two regions in the south (Alai and KaraKulja) have been taken over by the Opposition–the new government, that is.” [It doesn’t seem that Osh is pro Bakiev- so this shouldn’t be a problem.]

– for peace and an end to violence
– for good and just government to come out of this

April 27, 2009

adoption in Kyrgyzstan

Please be in prayer about this below:


Dear Friends,


At the children’s home is a little girl named Jazgul (which means spring flower).  She is about 3 years old and has hydrocephalus.  She is a beautiful, happy little girl.  Last summer the director of the home asked if I had a family who would be willing to adopt her.  As only God could orchestrate, a family in Texas saw her picture and fell in love with her.  They began the process with a Christian agency who works in KG.  They have done all the paperwork, home study, etc. but now the KG government is holding up adoptions, especially foreign ones.  Here is the story.


General Prosecutor’s Office launches 36 criminal investigations into illegal child adoption cases


The General Prosecutor’s Office has launched 36 criminal investigations into illegal cases of adoption of children from Kyrgyzstan, First Deputy Prosecutor Sumar Nasiza said during plenary session of Parliament today.



At least 35 criminal cases filed over illegal adoption of children by foreigners in Kyrgyzstan

24/04-2009 12:31, Bishkek – News Agency “”, By Nargiza YULDASHEVA

At least 35 criminal cases were initiated over illegal adoption of children by foreigners in Kyrgyzstan, Nikolai Bailo parliamentary deputy informed the session of Parliament on Friday, April 24.

Special commission, controlling the legislation observance in the sphere of child adoption by foreigners, found out that Kyrgyzstan implemented the procedure without ratification of the appropriate Hague Convention, which is practically illegal. “The process of Kyrgyz children adoption by foreigners was suspended in summer 2008, after the fact was revealed,” the parliament member said.


The lawmaker pointed that the Kyrgyz Health Care Ministry, tutelage bodies, the Foreign Ministry and different diplomatic missions took part in the adoption process. “But the main role was played by the Kyrgyz Education and Science Ministry, which collected all necessary documents and sent them to court,” the deputy said.


According to Nikolai Bailo there were a great number of violations on all stages, such as submission of incomplete package of documents and signing of certificates by incompetent persons.



There is now a new director, but she is also a doctor like the former one.  She is much more mild-mannered than the previous one.  I have offered to speak to her and see if there is anything that she can do to make this happen because of her medical needs.  I need permission from the couple wanting to adopt her before I do this, as the agency has certain rules that they follow. 


We are asking that you pray about this in whatever way the Spirit leads you.  We want to get past the bureaucracy so that Jazgul can get the medical care and family love that she so needs. 

January 26, 2009

Romans 1:16

I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God, the salvation of everyone who believes – Romans 1:16


The Bible is illegal in 52 countries across the globe.  That is a hard statistic to swallow, especially when you think of the day and age we are in where the clock ticked twelve midnight less than a month ago to 2009! 

Really?  Illegal in 52 countries?  No way?  That is my reaction as well, but it’s true.  You can check it out for yourself at 

I bring this up because I have a heart for missionaries and for getting the Gospel(good news) out to the entire world that is in desperate need of a Savior.  Everyone might not know they need a Savior, but we all do.  His name is Jesus and I love Him! 

The sad part for me is that I know I don’t act the way I should all the time nor am a great witness all the time for Him, but I try and that also is the reason why I need Him.  To save me from my sins when I don’t act like I always should.  Should I continue on sinning?  By no means, states the Apostle Paul.  I should never take God’s grace and forgiveness for granted and I don’t.  But, this is the human condition from the beginning of time.  We are born into sin, live a life of sin and need forgiveness for that sin and the answer is Jesus, the perfect lamb that was slaughtered for our sakes, a propitiation if you will for that sin.

Let’s pray for the missionaries that are persecuted for their faith in Christ around the world and who are fighting to get the Gospel out into these 52 countries and others like them across the globe.  Let’s pray that God will make a way, when there seems to be no way.

December 22, 2008


There are many places around your city that need help right now.  I know were all caught up and busy right now, but I for one am going to go to the Star of Hope Mission tomorrow and help serve.  That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it.   Help and servanthood is what this season is about too, so go and help some homeless people in need, you will feel better about what you did and help people in the process too.

‘Tis the Season

November 29, 2008


I have a good friend of mine that came back into my life after being gone for a couple years.  His name is Bryan.  He is a Master Carpenter and very skilled in his work.  So he tells me he’s going to be a Missionary and head to Belize and work and serve there.  I encouraged him, since he is not married and it’s really easier for him to be a missionary than for others with spouse and children as well.  He needed money though to go down to Belize and asked for support from me.  I gladly said I would help him financially.  I then proceeded to ask him to build a bookshelf in my 3rd bedroom of my house and he agreed.  It was a perfect scenario for the both of us.  He completed the job on Friday and I am very happy with the outcome.  There is still a little painting and caulking that needs to take place to complete the job, but all in all, it looks great.

He left today(Saturday the 29th) to head to Belize.  He will be there until the 15th of December and head back for about a month or so and then go back full time to serve.  He left his car(old blue he calls it) in front of my house until he gets back.  It is blue and it’s old.  He said he paid $500 for it and I do believe him 🙂  The front tire blew out on the way over to my house and then the transmission blew when he went to run to the store.  Kind of funny and ironic how it happened all of a sudden on his last day before he leaves that the car decides to go kaput on him.  God’s perfect timing to last him as long as it did I guess.  I drove him back to his house yesterday and he spent the rest of his time packing and eating up the last of the Thanksgiving day meal with his family.  Please keep him and Belize in your prayers as they both need it.

October 24, 2008

missing the gospel

The term Gospel means “Good News”  I always repeated this phrase to my Sunday School kids I taught at Church.  I love the fact that sharing the Gospel to a lost world means that your sharing “Good News

In a recent news article there is a young lady that is still in college here in the states and decided to go to Iran to visit family and whilst she is there, to write a report on the lack of women’s rights in that country.  She was found out by the authorities and was subsequently arrested by the police in a traffic stop.  She is currently sequestered and unfortunately, it’s going on 10+ days she has been held in captivity without a means for release.  Let’s pray she is freed soon and can share her experience with the world.  She is not the only one in Iran who has been treated unfairly this way, it’s been going on for decades!  In recent years has the news of government oppression towards women and the fact that anyone who speaks against the government has been coming to light.

You can find that anywhere in the world where the Bible, Jesus and Christians are either oppressed, outlawed or punished/imprisoned, you will find a lack of Freedom.  Iran is such a state.  As well as many other countries in the world as well.  Saudi Arabia, China and other countries as well.  Even though the perception of freedom is there, the lack of religious freedom is oppression of the worst kind.

My point is: where Jesus is not found, you will find serious tyranny and oppression!  Where the Bible is outlawed you will see Government’s trying to control the people.  Why is that?  I believe that the Bible opens eyes to freedom!  I believe that truths throughout scripture open hearts and minds to things that were not thought of or believed in or even conceived.  I believe Jesus brings fear to those who oppose Him.  Even the demons shudder!

Let’s pray for freedom, religious REAL freedom, comes to Iran and to the rest of the countries around the world.  Let’s keep these countries and people in our prayers.  The Bible League has an excellent ministry to spread the Gospel and Bibles to regions where persecution is rampant.  You can read here about the places around the world specifically.

June 27, 2008

christians in iraq

I read a really sad and true depiction of what Christian’s are experiencing and going through in Iraq.  Please keep in your prayers our brothers and sisters that are being persecuted for their faith there.  Here is the article from the NY Times.  Thank God over and over for our freedom that we have here at home in the USA.  We should thank God everyday for the freedoms we have and be grateful for it.  Let’s be in action and stand in the gap for the body of Christ around the world as well.




June 26, 2008

have we shamed the face of Jesus?

12/6/01  Have we shamed the face of Jesus?

Muslims in our Pulpits



It was called the “Congress of the Cults.”  Over 4,000 priests, pastors, and ministers from all denominations were assembled.  They had elected Joseph Stalin as their honorary president.  One after another went to the podium proclaiming that Christianity and communism were fundamentally the same.  They could co-exist.  They could “all get along.” 

A young Christian woman could bear it no longer.  She looked at her husband, a Lutheran pastor, and said, “They are spitting on the face of Jesus.  Go wash the shame off His face.”  Her husband warned her, “If I speak against the communists, you will no longer have a husband.”  The pastor’s wife, Sabina Wurmbrand, simply replied, ” I don not wish to have a coward for a husband.”

          So Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, a lone voice among the 4,000, went to the microphone.  He was well known in Romania, and everyone believed he would go along with the assembly for the sake of “peace.”  He didn’t.  He spoke only of loyalty to Jesus Christ.  He could not “co-exist” with any entity that opposed the Great Commission principle.

          For his simple protest, Richard paid dearly–as did countless Christians who refused to “bow down” to the ways of communism.

          Today we face the same scenario.  Jesus is being spit upon in American churches.  Christians are selling their soul for a “peaceful co-existence” found in deceit.  But who will come forward and wipe away the shame?

          I cannot take it any longer.  How many of our brothers and sisters must be beaten, tortured, burned or decapitated, before we realize that Christians and Muslims DO NOT serve the same God?

We love the Muslims.  Many of our co-workers put aside their own safety to reach them for Christ.  We print special literature in their languages; we produce and broadcast special programs into the Middle East.  We are willing to give our own lives to win the soul of a single Muslim.  But we will never, never align ourselves with Islam and its militant teachings.  To do so would destroy the very witness many of our brothers and sisters are dying for.

Across America pastors and Christian leaders are allowing representatives of the Islamic faith to freely speak in their pulpits.  This happened at Willow Creek Community Church, the largest church in America, where a Muslim man named Faisal Hammouda was allowed to share the pulpit.  During the interview with Pastor Bill Hybels, Hammouda claimed:  “As a matter of fact, we, all of us…believe in Jesus. I believe in Jesus.  I believe in Mohammed and all the prophets.  So our mission here is to introduce people to God.”  He also stated, “We believe in Jesus more than you do, in fact.”

But the Koran says, “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth.  The Messiah ‘Iesa(Jesus), son of Maryam(Mary), was no more than a Messenger of Allah and His Word…” The Koran also claims that Jesus was never crucified.  Muslims do not recognize the sovereignty of Jesus Christ of His sacrifice.  They do not accept the way of the cross.  So how could this be the same God? (Read 1John 2:22-23)

Faisal went on to say, “Jihad means striving to improve oneself, striving to change conditions to better conditions, striving against evil.”  Even the Chicago Tribune noted that laughter could be heard “rolling” throughout the audience as Hammouda discussed the “true” definition of a “jihad” saying, “It even could refer to a personal holy war to overcome, say, a desire to eat more candy.”

How foolish have we allowed ourselves to become?  Three Sundays after Faisal Hammouda gave his “enlightening” presentation, 16 of your brothers and sisters were gunned down in a church in Pakistan.  You may blame this on the war against terrorism, but you would be mistaken.  If it was against America, why did the gunmen target their countrymen?  If Faisal is right and Islam is “peace-loving,” why are our brothers and sisters in ALL Islamic-controlled countries facing severe persecution?  Unfortunately, in his interview, Pastor Hybels left that question out.  This may sound harsh; it isn’t.  The treatment that the Body of Christ is facing in Islamic countries is harsh.  WE feel truly sorry for Willow Creek.  In an effort to “love,” they left out the truth.

There is no love in deceit.  We are in danger of loving the Muslims to hell.  What will they say before Christ?  Will they say, “But we all served the same God.  We even spoke in Your churches.  When did we persecute You?”  God forbid we trade salvation for “safety.”  Could Christ have peaceful co-existed with the religious rulers of His time?  Could the apostle Paul have “just gotten along” with the religious and political powers of his time and avoided martyrdom?

Jesus said that if they hated Him, they would hate us.  Nevertheless, we are called to be a witness.  WE are not called to figure out a way to get people to accept us.

If you love the Muslims, tell them about the Jesus they so fervently persecute.  If you love the Muslims, support those who are willing to lay down their life to be a witness among them (John 15:13).  If you want to reach your congregation and help “bridge the gap,” invite Christians who have converted from Islam to speak to your congregation.

The simple fact is: Muslims do not “peacefully co-exist” with Christians.  Faisal Hammouda did not speak for Islam.  If he thought he did, he was deceived.  Islamic teachings offer no tolerance for those who reject Mohammed for Christ.  Read the Koran for yourself.  Study Islamic history.  Learn the truth about what is happening right now in Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Tajikistan and other countries where Islam has a foothold.  Remember, less than one percent of the Muslim population in the world lives in America.

If you study Islamic history, you will learn that Mohammed traveled to Mecca and offered a peaceful doctrine.  But is was not accepted.  In fact, he was even persecuted.  So he later traveled to Medina where his teachings took on a more hard-line militant form.  Once he gained a following, he ruled by force.  Now his teachings dominate in many nations.  Islam struggles, fights, and even kills for its faith.  Once it gains power, its real face is revealed.  “Accept Allah and his prophet Mohammed, or die.”  This is happening right now in Indonesia, where the largest population of Muslims exists.

We challenge Pastor Hybels and other American pastors who believe Islam and Christianity can peacefully co-exist to visit the Maluku islands of Indonesia or the capital of Islam, Saudi Arabia, where no church is allowed.  We ask you to speak with your brothers and sisters who secretly worship there.  (We have.)  WE invite you to learn the truth, then decide if you will join with them in winning Muslims for Christ, or sell your soul for a shroud of peace.

The main issue at stake is the deity of Christ, not mutual understanding, dialog of feeling good about each other.  Any question-and-answer session or dialog where Christ is not clearly presented as the only way (John 14:6) and as the complete Godhead in the flesh (Colossians 1:15-20 and 2:8-10, 1 John 2:22-23) is blasphemy and a shameful attack on the cross.  Christ described His was as narrow, not an “all faiths club.”

The issue is about access and power, not about negotiating away our Christianity. In Matthew 25:31-32, Jesus proclaimed this path and power as solely His.  As a result, in Matthew 26:3-4, the chief priests and scribes consulted that they might kill Him.

Muslims wish to neutralize Jesus for the same reasons the chief priests and scribes did.  Some Christian leaders may try to squirm out of this conflict to maintain a politically correct, man-pleasing church.  Choose this day whom you will serve.  If we begin to present a fuzzy God (such as, we all worship the same God), we are opening the doors of hell to our people, not the door of heaven.

We may be able to peacefully dialog with a Muslim man in America or in another Western culture.  But this is a distorted reality.  It is a partial truth at best.  And when we present Islam as another truth, we spit on the face of Christ and those who serve His kingdom in Islamic countries.

We do not hate the Muslims.  We hate deception.  We do not advocate violence.  We advocate love and truth.  We desire peace, but will not trade it for compromise.  We will reach out to Muslims but will not deny the sovereignty of Christ and the cross as the only way to salvation.  And we will not turn our back on our family members who are suffering and being killed under Islam for their faith and witness in Jesus Christ.  Islam is the dominant force trying to eradicate Jesus Christ in their nations and neutralize Him worldwide as another “prophet.”  We will not prostitute the gospel for a politically correct peace.  Should any of us do otherwise?

If you find any news articles or sermons endorsing all faiths “serving the same God” in your community, please send this material to us as we take a stand together for Christ.  This will help us as we try togging a better understanding of the American church and how it is addressing Islam.  If you or your pastor needs more information about Islam, please call our office.  Thank you for standing with our persecuted family this Christmas season.


In Christ and for the martyr’s,



Dr. Tom White

P.O.Box 443 Bartlesville, OK  74005

(918) 337-8015


April 10, 2008


So, yes, I am guilty of watching American Idol during the week.  Forgive me!  So, anyway, I want to share with you an awesome program that requires OUR Action.  I’ve linked it on my SITE links on the right hand side, called ONE.  There are a number of cooperative non-profit organizations that are within that link as well, including Habitat for Humanity, World Vision and many others(I have blogged about these before)  Let’s work together to give our time, money and resources back to our community.  Life is not all about us, but about others…right?  Let’s work as a body and one small world community to help those who are less fortunate than us.  Let’s give back and do what Christ has asked us to do, give. 

In the words of my church when I became a member is to give of my prayers, presence, offerings and service.  Let’s not love in word and thought, but also in deed.

blessings be upon each of you.